The Masks of a Movement 

The puppetry art of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

in The Nicholson Gallery




Puppetry, masks and insurrection have been woven into the tapestry of the human experience since the beginning. We strive to carry on this rich tradition with our art and activism. Using dance, movement, story, song, giant puppets, painted cardboard and much more Paperhand seeks to shift the status quo from sleeping and numbing to one of awakening and creative engagement. Come by the ArtsCenter during July and get an up close look at some of the magical creations by this celebrated and award winning troupe based in Saxapahaw NC.




Opening Reception: Friday, July 14th 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display July 1-31.

Onicas Gaddis as July’s Emerging Artist

in The ArtsCenter’s Corridor







“….I can’t explain my style of painting. I paint from my heart.”


Artist Onicas Gaddis calls his painting “Spiritual Expressionism”, which describes his
work in general terms, but merely touches at describing the depth and breadth of where his paintings come from.
Onicas has been painting for over twenty years, having the privilege to study under master abstract expressionist painter Sarah Carlisle Towery (who in turn traveled and painted with renowned artists such as Josef Albers, Viktor Lowenfeld, and Hans Hofmann). He discovered his talents at drawing after an artist visited one of many group homes he had lived in as a child. He knew he had found a purpose for living here in a world that was most often not a very kind nor happy place for him. Art literally saved his life.
From his early work drawing portraits (pencil and charcoal), he moved to painting. While living in Florida, he was inspired to tap into his Florida Highwayman heritage (his uncle was one of the original traveling landscape artists of the 1950’s). But it was the time spent at the Alabama Art Colony studying with Carlisle Towery, Moe Brooker, and other accomplished painters that truly taught Onicas how to put the paint to the canvas, give up on any idea of a finished piece, and simply allow the spirit of the painting to flow through him.
Gaddis works on canvas, paper, and wood, using primarily acrylics. His brilliantly-colored abstracts are characterized by somewhat haunting images of faces and figures, restless, gestural lines and layers plus semi-hidden landscapes, perhaps a synthesis of his explorations with portraiture, landscape, and abstract studies. When looking at any of his paintings overtime, the viewer will discover forms and figures that seem to remain in an ever-changing process of moving and settling and coming into definition.
His work has been sold and displayed in galleries throughout the southeastern United States. A desire to be near his children brought him to North Carolina. A desire to live in a creative community brought him to Chatham County. Here he has been quickly embraced as a painter, an author and a spoken word artist. Now settled into his studio in PIttsboro, he sells and shows his work (and that of other local artists) in various galleries and businesses throughout the Triangle. He is honored to be represented in the Emerging Artists Series, and to have his first show here at The Arts Center. You
can view more of his work at :
● The Pittsboro Center for the Arts,18 East Salisbury St., Pittsboro, NC 27312
● His website: onicasart.weebly.com


Opening Reception: Friday, July 14th 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display July 1-31.


If you are interested in exhibiting in the Nicholson Gallery at The ArtsCenter, click here for an application. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for the Nicholson Gallery. Applications for the Emerging Artist Series will be accepted during select periods. The ArtsCenter will be accepting EAS applications again in the Spring 2017. For more information, contact the Gallery Coordinator Heather Gerni Mulaiya at hgerni@artscenterlive.org.



Annual ArtsCenter Exhibits:

  • Student Exhibit (March)
  • Instructor Exhibit (September)
  • Community Art Exhibit (December)



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