The opening reception for a for a new exhibit, “Canvases Painted Over Time,” by Chig Wills is set for Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Mount Airy Cyclery Art Gallery, 144 West Oak Street, just behind the regional museum in downtown Mount Airy.
Additionally, the reception will feature the contemporary and classical piano of Zach Groff. Wine will be provided by Old North State. The cost of admission to the reception is free.
In describing his photography, Wills states, “The photographic images show art and beauty in all areas of the Piedmont’s cities. Some viewers will see the images as abstract scenes, but the camera captures them as canvases of past beginnings. The canvases have been created over decades by the brush strokes of nature and the actions of man and woman. The images were discovered and photographed along various city streets of the Piedmont. The foundation of each canvas began its existence as major industry started casting its iconic shadow over the region. Today those canvases reflect a rich history of past dreams.”
Wills has been an editorial artist for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, art director for Phamacare, in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Director of Creative Services for RJR Nabisco in Winston-Salem. Before retiring, he held a similar position with Glaxo Inc. located in Research Triangle Park. At each corporation he directed the needs of design, photography, illustration, video, advertising, and meeting management. During his career he earned several national and international awards for design and photography.