As if to hold on to summer's last gust of warmth before the coming fall, shows throughout the Triangle emphasize not only a deep personal introspection, but color, color and more color. Blending deep blues with crimson reds and sunny yellows attracts not only the eyes but also heightens the mood.
To start off our exploration of the rainbow, a marvel of color and contrast by painter Tom MacPherson opened at Glance Gallery on Friday, Sept. 17. MacPherson is well-known in his home state of New York and has been featured in juried exhibitions from Maine to Hawaii. MacPherson's watercolors portray people in various states of thoughtfulness, distress and sorrow. One piece in particular, "Midnight Dream," depicts a couple bathing in water that has a single light source glowing from beneath the surface. The ripples of the water look so real you almost want to slip in and swim with them. Another portrait, "Anxiety," features a girl with eyes torn wide open, made up of a blend of deep blues, spattered yellow and liquid reds. If you like intensity, this work is a great fix for you! Show runs through Oct. 13. 311 W. Martin St. 821-2200 or www.glancegallery.com.
For an exploration of summer and color go to ArtSource, where the work of three North Carolinian artists--Sally Sutton, Eric McRay and Mike Hoyt--opens on Thursday, Sept. 23. Sutton's serene landscapes are influenced by scenes in her rural Chatham County home, as well as by frequent trips to Provence, France. The Pittsboro-based painter says, "Many of my paintings have an urgency about them in style, while some are languid and relaxed. Just as my emotions change, so does the canvas."
McRay portrays a range of images and a variety of styles, though this exhibit focuses mostly on scenery. His colonial and harbor scenes depict fluffy clouds and small, bold strokes of vibrant color. Hoyt paints a variety of landscapes, from beach scenes to city streets and small country churches--though without the impressionistic touch. His colors convey a sense of warmth and are reminiscent of the evening sun, right before it sets at the beach. Reception Thursday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.; show runs through Oct. 23. Five Points Village, 509-105 W. Whitaker Mill Rd. 833-0013 or www.artsource-raleigh.com.
For a change of pace and a show that is auditory as well as visual, visit Lump Gallery's installation Boar's Head/War's Head, by Barnstormer's founder David Ellis.
This unique exhibit features an entire wall installed with a drum machine, gourd speakers, murals and drawings. The whole room unites in a harmonious musical concoction that perfectly manages to keep a beat. Ellis has displayed work throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia, but this is his first solo exhibition in his native state. (Ellis will also be painting murals around the city of Raleigh, so if you haven't seen him yet, keep your eyes peeled!) Showing through Sept. 26. 505 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 821-9999, www.lumpgallery.com or www.b-stormers.com .
In Pittsboro, Chatham Arts Gallery features ceramics artist Melody Troncale, who will be exhibiting stoneware pottery and wall sculptures through Sept. 30. Troncale teaches pottery and manages the clay studio at the North Carolina State University craft center. 115 Hillsboro St. 542-0394, www.chathamarts.org or www.MelodyTroncalePottery.com .
The Art Guild in Durham presents the mysterious Sight Unseen: A Touchable Exhibition through Oct. 17. Meanwhile, The Durham Arts Council displays the reDISCOVERed ART Project in alliance with The Scrap Exchange at Allenton Gallery (main level). This first-time, community-based project focuses on the creation of art by using salvaged materials. In the upper level Semans Gallery, Elizabeth Hake's TRANSFORMED: Body Adornments in Recycled Rubber is on view. "My goal is to heighten awareness of one's own body; the actual space it occupies and its animation," says Hake. Through Oct. 10, 120 Morris St., Durham. 560-2713, www.durhamartguild.org or www.durhamarts.org .
Finally, in Cary, Cardenas Fine Art presents a voyage into deeper realms of the human soul with Jason Cardenas' Pieces Of Mind. Cardenas, who is a self-taught artist, explores the inner-self in his abstract art. Show runs through Oct. 10 at Moonshadow Therapeutic Massage, 216 E. Chatham St., Suite 110, Cary. 466-9494, 462-3187 or home.earthlink.net/~cardenasart .