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Surface and Undercurrents

In August, our Courtroom Gallery will host a special group exhibition featuring work by North Carolina artists Lisa LeMair, Christina Weisner, Chistopher Proto, Emily Holmes, Wendy Allen, Scott Solter and Ashley Paskov.


Surface and Undercurrents: Influences from Iceland, the Arctic & the Anthropocene is a collaborative group exhibition that explores environmental themes. Ideas for this exhibit were developed during the artists' retreat in Iceland during the summer of 2023.


Each artist brings a focus on issues related to human-caused climate change and environmental responsibility, from the rise of invasive species (including humans!), the toll of polluting industries, melting of the glaciers and sea-level rise, technology, and the impact of tourism, over-fishing, and over-consumption.

These are challenges that face not only the Arctic region and Iceland, but also here at home in North Carolina.


The exhibition will include sound and video installations, sculptural objects in a range of disciplines, original acrylic monoprints and collages, and other functional art that wrestles with these issues.

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Show Dates + Opening Reception 

Surface and Undercurrents: Influences from Iceland, the Arctic & the Anthropocene will be on display in the Courtroom Gallery August 2-31, 2024.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 2 from 6pm to 8pm, where visitors can meet Lisa LeMair, Christina Weisner, Chistopher Proto, Emily Holmes, Wendy Allen, Scott Solter and Ashley Paskov and view their work.


The opening reception is during downtown Manteo's First Friday festivities, and is free and open to the public.


Lisa LeMair

Lisa is a multidisciplinary artist. She creates sculptural works and integrated collections of wearable art and jewelry. Lisa has a diverse creative and professional background, with experience in higher education administration and the nonprofit

sector, along with her business, LeMair Handcrafts.


Christina Weisner

Christina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the College of the Albemarle. Her work often employs found objects, scientific instrumentation and elemental materials, and has been shown both nationally and internationally.

Emily Holmes

Emily is an artist and consultant who uses human-centered design methods to foster new mindsets and imagine new outcomes. She works in a variety of media including mixed-media, paintings, stained glass, and metalsmithing.


Ashley Paskov

Ashley is a ceramics artist and educator in Elizabeth City, NC. S is a Visual Arts Professor at College of the Albemarle and Elizabeth City State University. Using nature and progression as inspiration, Ashley's work focuses on defense mechanisms in botanical organisms.


Christopher Proto

Christopher is an artist whose creative journey has traversed multiple mediums. His artistic exploration further extended into the tactile world of ceramics, crafting functional stoneware pottery, and later to the intricate art of metalworking and blacksmithing.


Wendy Allen

As a designer of hats, scarves and other accessories Wendy has worked almost exclusively in wet felted Merino wool for over 20 years. She combines standard millinery practices with

traditional and non-traditional felting techniques to augment the wet felted construction.

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Scott Solter

Scott has been an audio engineer, producer, and mixer working mostly with independent artists in a wide range of styles for over 20 years. With a history in both tape and digital recording he also has an inclination for manipulating sounds with unorthodox and abandoned devices. His methods and techniques tend towards sound design, with an emphasis on radically shifting the input material to discover the deeper layers of any musical gesture.

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