The Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art will stage four different exhibitions of works by North Carolina artists when it celebrates its opening in the Greensboro Cultural Center Sept. 16 with a free open house from 2 to 5 p.m.
Green Hill has been in temporary quarters while the center was completely renovated and expanded. It will occupy a much larger area. Four display galleries will enable it to mount exhibitions concurrently.``The new Green Hill facility not only represents a physical expansion for the gallery but an expansion in what our organization can offer a state-wide audience,' said Jill R. Wilson, president of the Green Hill board. ``we are very optimistic about the part Green Hill will play in the visual arts in Greensboro and North Carolina.'
The major opening show will be ``North Carolina Art Quilts,' featuring six quilt artists who use a contemporary approach to this traditional medium. Participating will be Patsy Allen, Susan Webb Lee, Jan Maher and Stephanie Santmyers of Greensboro and Linda Cantrell of Asheville, and Jodie Stutchbury of Hendersonville.
The quilt show will inaugurate use of the Ralph Clay Price Gallery, Green Hill's main exhibition area. The 3,690-square-foot gallery is being outfitted with funds from the Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Family Foundation.
On view in the Artists Gallery will be works by Greensboro artist Vandorn Hinnant. His abstract images stem from his interest in the Golden Mean theory of proportionality and how it is reflected in a universal order. Hinnant is a graduate in art and design from N.C. State University and was the featured artist in the United Arts Council's 1990 Black American Arts Festival. He is the first artist to show in the new gallery dedicated to solo shows by state artists.
The exhibition, ``Video Viewpoints: Laura Davis,' will be Green Hill's first major video art show. Davis, widely known in the state for her work, lectures in video art at East Carolina University. Her works have been seen nationally on Deep DIsh TV and have been in shows at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, the National Video Festival in Los Angeles and at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin, Colombia.
The show begins a Video Viewpoints series which will feature work by various North Carolina video and film artists. All will be shown in the new Video Gallery.
The center's fourth exhibition area, the Education Gallery, will open with ``Native American Student Art.' Exhibiting works by young people of the Lumbee and Cherokee tribes, the show is the first of a series which will feature work from area schools as well as exhibitions organized around special themes or events. The first show marks Native American Heritage Week.
The Education Gallery show will run through Sept. 26. The other three shows will run through Nov. 17.
Admission to Green Hill is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Green Hill is the state's only non-profit gallery and educational agency focusing exclusively on North Carolina art. A funded member of the United Arts Council, Green Hill receives grants from public agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals to support its programs.