Gaze, Glaze and Glance during Out and About in Downtown AsheboroPosted on 03/29/12
ASHEBORO, NC - Circa Gallery will host an artist reveal and reception Friday, April 20,2012 from 5-8 p.m. during Downtown Asheboro's Out and About event. The reveal, dubbed Gaze, Glaze and Glance, will feature the works of photographer Ashley Fetner, potter and sculptor Darren Powers, known in the industry as "Johnny Glaze," along with a new children's book release by author Micki Bare.
Award-winning photographer Ashley Fetner will display a collection of current and past works of fine art photography that magically captures the essence and story of his subject. Johnny Glaze will be featuring unique pottery and sculptures that incorporate his whimsical, colorful and textured spirit. Micki Bare will be serving butter cookies and lemonade and signing copies of the newly released Thurston T. Turtle and the Legend of the Lemonade as well as her first Thurston T. Turtle book.
Before opening his own photography studio, Ashley Fetner served a two-year apprenticeship with former theatrical and White House photographer B. Artin Haig, one of the world's most well-renowned fine art photographers. He went on to teach classes in photography with Master Photographer Gerhardt Bakker at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. His photographs have been featured in the September issues 2007 and 2008 of the National Geographic Explorer Magazine, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 National Geographic Landscapes of the World Calendar, The Village Rambler, North Carolina Wildlife Magazine, Southport Magazine, Carolina Country Magazine and SC Homes and Gardens. Ashley's excellence in photography has won him numerous state and national awards for his portrait and fine art images. His image titled "Poets Hat" was one of 25 chosen for the Professional Photographers of North Carolina Loan Collection. These were chosen by the judges to represent the high quality of work by North Carolina Professional Photographers. In 2008 he won five international awards for his fine art and portrait photography. Ashley's One Man Shows include the Columbia, SC Public Library, Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, The Randolph County Library and the upcoming August 2009 show in the Cancer Center at Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, NC. Ashley is a member of the Professional Photographers of North Carolina and the Professional Photographers of America.Today, Ashley is still doing what he loves best-taking photographs that deliver powerful messages for his clients. Ashley recently retired and is looking forward to fostering his talent and experience with photography.
Darren Kendrick Powers wasn't one of those kids who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Being a free spirited and impulsive kid in his early 20's who didn't want to grow up, reality soon set in, but with the "perfect storm" of realizations and reality checks. His perfect storm consisted of a reemergence into the world with a beautiful new wife after a six-year Navy enlistment. The reality of a boring corporate job on a computer in a cubicle, the realizations of my past experiences, and finally... the unconditional love for his newborn son and the need to reinvent himself. Reinvent himself he did, as Johnny Glaze. Instead of being lost, he was found. If you find something you love to do, it isn't work and you actually have a lot of fun. Glaze uses childhood toys as tools to create patterns and designs. He often seeks the counsel of his three-year-old son. Together, they create unique sculptures and prints. Glaze Specializes in making tall, whimsical vessels out of clay that grip and hold your attention. Glaze believes the techniques used in creating layers upon layers of color and texture transports people to other, rarely tapped places in the mind; maybe even to a "perfect storm" of their own.
Micki Bare began writing at the age of four, when she and her cousin became pen pals. They wrote of the adventures they had when they were separated, residing in neighboring states, between family gatherings. At the age of seven, Micki opened one of the most cherished Christmas presents she would ever receive - a thesaurus. While in college, she penned the first draft of Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville. Upon graduating from N.C. State, she spent 20 years in the early childhood field. But she never let go of her dream to be a writer. She began writing a weekly column for the Courier-Tribune in 2000. A couple of years later, her column was picked up for distribution by Stephens Media, the Courier-Tribune's parent company. Bare published her first book. Relative Expressions, a collection of expanded columns that incorporate her family's history, in June 2005 through Brand New Day Publishing, Snow Camp, NC. Bare is a contributing author for The Kid Turned Out Fine, May 2006, Adams Media, Avon, MA. Nearly two decades after the first manuscript was written, and after incorporating some brutally honest feedback from her then nine-year-old son, she finally signed a contract for Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville, released September, 2010 by CYPRESS, an imprint of RoseHeart Publishing, Chiefland, FL. Thurston T. Turtle and the Legend of the Lemonade was just released in 2012 by CYPRESS. Bare's next Thurston T. Turtle book will be released in 2013.