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Eric Kelly’s artwork deals with themes of poverty, sports, politics and mortality. His work often exploits the expressive peculiarities of a subject. These subjects feature focused, staring eyes, over the top facial expressions, and the use of movement. Kelly draws on his individual experiences to paint complex, multi-dimensional image with the use of bold lines and abstract images. “My creative cadence detours from the sheer pursuit of beauty,” he says, “and celebrates a conscious engagement with social realism and political expressions.”

Eric Kelly III is an artist, historian, singer, and poet. He was born in Washington DC, raised in Durham, and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications from North Carolina Central University in 1982. His work has featured in solo and group shows throughout the South.

“Faces and Spaces” is the first exhibit in the Cameron Gallery, The Scrap Exchange’s new exhibition space. The Cameron Gallery exists thanks to the thoughtful contributions of our longtime friend Danny Cameron. Over the years, Cameron has volunteered his time and expertise along with operational and building support from the Dan Cameron Family Foundation. Cameron’s support invests in a future that embodies creative reuse in communities and provides space for exhibiting artists.

An opening night reception for “Faces and Spaces” will be held on September 19th from 6-9 pm with music from Tiny House, refreshments and art making. This exhibit is the first in our new and permanent location in the Shoppes at Lakewood, at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, in Durham. Cameron Gallery receptions and corresponding Third Friday activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

Tagged art gallery, Cameron Gallery, creative reuse, Eric Kelly, portraits, reuse art, Third Friday, Third Friday Durham.

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