Learned Behavior by Lamar Whidbee

in the Nicholson Gallery


I was born and raised in Hertford North Carolina. After moving away to pursue a higher education I rarely meet anyone who shares or knows of my family name, Whidbee. This leaves me asking, “Where does my ancestry begin?” I don’t know anything about my family prior to the lives of my great-grandparents.


Found materials such as window panes are used to represent the act of viewing, a line of sight into the generational cycle pertaining to the region in which I was raised, a cycle that has strong ties to education and class. Objects such as books and dining room tables can also be viewed in my work, objects that can be taken for granted when found in a home but given power when a person is in search of ones lineage. While being visually encouraged by artist such as David Hammons and Titus Kapher, I strive to create sculpture/painting hybrids that raise questions pertaining to culture, class and education. The type of questions that explore why a specific people have practically no history in academia, and no clear knowledge of their original language. Precise removal of text and images within my work are moments when I ask, Who would I be if knew where I came from and stood in the true identity of my ancestors?”.


Opening Reception: Friday, August 12th, 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display August 1-31.

August’s Emerging Artist Katy Gollahon

in The ArtsCenter’s Corridor

Animal or Vegtable (4)

Katy Gollahon’s Bio: I learned to quilt in Kansas City, Missouri in 1978 at a quilt store that no longer exists. I made a traditional sampler quilt where I made one block every two weeks until I had twelve. I loved it. Over the next few years as I attended graduate school in Birmingham, AL where I obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology. I continued to make quilts for friends and family. Most of these quilts were traditional and all hand quilted.


I took a five or six year hiatus from quilting during the early 1990’s but rediscovered quilting when we purchased a house four blocks from the old “In the Beginning” quilt store in Seattle, WA. I was stunned to see what quilts could look like, so bright and imaginative. I began making quilts again, still in a traditional manner, but using new brighter colors. I also began taking classes from some of the many wonderful quilt teachers in Seattle, but it was Lorraine Torrance’s Design Essentials classes that really helped me to begin to discover my own voice as a quilter. The Contemporary Quilt Art Association in Seattle provided me with opportunities to exhibit my work and learn more about the business of art quilting.


After moving to North Carolina and retiring from work as a research scientist, I have been able to dedicate much more time to art quilting.  I use any material available in my work, fiber, ribbons, beads, paint, collage, paper and print in my fiber art with quilting being the essential form. I am a member of the Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South.


Opening Reception: Friday, August 12th, 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display August 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 2016. For more information, contact the Gallery Coordinator Heather Gerni at hgerni@artscenterlive.org.



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



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