Arts Council of Carteret County News

Large Expressive Paintings Influenced by Coastal Energy

Thursday, March 12, 2020


For the month of March 2020, the Cassie Howe Algeo Gallery will feature the paintings of Morehead City resident Ann Etheridge. This exhibit will be in the Gallery located in the hallway connecting the new and old lobbies of Carteret Health Care at 3500 Arendell St., Morehead City. As always these shows are free and open to the public at all times. These works of art were hung by the Carteret County Arts Council and are for sale and purchase through the Carteret Healthcare Foundation Office.

Originally hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Ann Etheridge has made NC her home for since 1985, residing in Morehead City with her husband and rescue dog, Zeta since 2014. “Coastal living and boating inspires her work from color choices to spontaneous drawing of lines, shapes, raw splattering and dripping of paint. “Living by the sea influences the energy of my work like the volatility of coastal weather. Calm serene days are reflected in muted blended paintings and the strong winds and rough seas generate heavy charcoal marks, bold quick paint strokes, and layers of heavy texture.”

“I am best known for my large expressive paintings, using big gestures, bold strokes and experimenting with mixed media. My abstract paintings begin with free flowing energy through broad marks and text using graphite, charcoal and oil sticks. My process includes layering acrylic paint, experimenting with marks, texture and color, taking risks and finding my way to unpredictable finishes.”

“I paint the energy I experience in my body, staying present, seeking the deepest truth, allowing authentic expression to flow through me, onto the canvas. It’s a healing dance, connecting my aliveness with letting my true self have a voice. l love the process of creating with no idea how the painting will unfold.”

In addition to her studio practice, Ann enjoys teaching abstract painting and collage workshops. She is a member of the Arts Council of Carteret County, the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC and her work has been featured in North Carolina at the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, Village Art Gallery in Oriental, Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce, Durham Art Guild, Wake County Visual Art Exchange, the Fine Arts League of Cary, and Mattie King Davis Gallery in Beaufort, NC.

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