David Kirkland & Timothy Porter Featured in The Apple Gallery

The Stokes County Arts Council welcomes artists Timothy Porter and David Kirkland to the Apple Gallery for a joint exhibition featuring works in acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and ceramics.   An opening reception will be held in their honor on Friday, February 8, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Apple Gallery, Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina.   The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, talk with the artists and view this exhibit of beautiful paintings and ceramics.

David Kirkland is a native of Stokes County and South Stokes High School graduate. He studied graphic art and advertising at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and enjoyed a career in graphic arts and advertising before deciding to change course and start a career in education. He received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Education Specialist Degree from Gardner Webb University and is working toward a Doctorate at Gardner Webb University. He recently relocated to Wilmington, NC where he is the Principal at Cape Fear Elementary School.

As David continues to enjoy serving and lifting others in education, he still finds some to take on free-lance art jobs and exercise his creativity in painting. His love for art is broad and extends beyond literal meaning. Most of the pieces on display are acrylic and watercolor mediums and contain texture and vibrant colors symbolic of nature.

Another Stokes County native, Timothy Porter has been focusing on his art for more than 30 years. While being naturally artistically talented at an early age, Timothy L. Porter officially honed his skills and completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious Atlanta College of Art, which has since merged with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). 

There, he absorbed the acute attention to detail associated with sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography and digital arts. 

In 2015 he began working with watercolors.  His work has been exhibited in local and regional shows and galleries where he has won awards.  He’s had some one-day watercolor workshops at this home studio.

His watercolors are uniquely realistic, while having a feeling of you’ve been there as a child type feeling.  He does this by using bright colors to catch the viewer’s eye, from vivid foliage and floral, mountain scenes and farm scenes.  He creates rich earth toned abstracts with a blending effect with his watercolors and the paper, he allows the watercolor paint and paper to really do what they were meant to do.  He is also a ceramic artist and he alternates between ceramics and painting throughout the seasons.

For additional information about the exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159.