Flat Rock Life: ‘Child’s Play’ opens Thursday at the Flat Rock Gallery

‘Child’s Play’ opens Thursday at the Flat Rock Gallery

Don Greeson is one of the artists presenting works in the whimsical “Child’s Play” at the Flat Rock Gallery.

The Flat Rock Gallery presents a lightweight group exhibition focused on iconic objects and materials from childhood and playtime.

“Child’s Play” will feature the work of local artists Don Greeson, Jean Greeson, Janet Hickey and Janet Orselli.
“Each of these artists does a great job of capturing a sense of the creative joys and play-filled days of childhood,” said Suzanne Camarata, gallery owner at Flat Rock. “The timing of this fun show couldn’t be better after such a tough year.”
The exhibit opens with a 5 p.m. reception on Thursday, June 10 at the gallery, 2702A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, and runs through June 27.

Painter Don Greeson searched for original packaging of a variety of everyday objects from bygone eras to use as subjects for his paintings.
“My subject tends to be somewhat nostalgic, with vintage toys or familiar antiques,” he says. “Most of my paintings tell a story, designed to inspire memories of youthful imagination and innocent pleasure.”
Don’s wife, Jean, takes a similar view in her clay sculptures.
“I try not to take my sculpture too seriously and have fun with clay like I did when I was a kid,” says Jean. “Fantastic and humorous, it reflects my passion for animals, flowers and color… which hopefully takes viewers back to the days when their minds were more open, creative and free.”
Janet Orselli’s discreetly enigmatic assemblage sculptures, which feature carefully structured objects, also evoke wasted days of carefree play. The discarded objects she finds to create her work often have visible wear and tear on the hands of children who once cherished them. Creating new life for objects, mainly wood and other organic materials, is a point of fascination for Janet.
Janet Hickey, who creates tiny mixed media sculptures, takes playful irreverence to the next level. “Ready for Spring” (just 9 inches tall) sums up the childish excitement of swimming for the first time in hot weather, even if only in a plastic kiddie pool.
For more information, please visit galleryflatrock.com or call 828-698-7000.

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