“A Walk in the Woods,” Group Exhibition at Artsville Collective on view from August 5 through October 30 at Marquee in the River Arts District. Five guest artists approach the glory of our Carolina woodlands with fresh takes on nature through their personal perspectives. Not at all what you would expect, their viewpoints reveal Appalachia through a fresh lens, inspired by fall and full of surprises for all leaf-peepers. Within each piece, there is a story that will encourage a visit to Artsville’s gallery and podcast. On view: the face jugs of Jim McDowell, “The Black Potter,” fall landscapes from watercolorist Bronwen McCormack, nature inspired basket “illusion” from woodturner Jo Miller, reimagined landscape photography from Ellen Golden and magical woodland scenes from encaustics artist, Mary Farmer. Also on display will be the work of Artsville founding artists Louise Glickman; quilted landscapes using carefully selected plan materials and from Daryl Slaton, pop characters with augmented reality. Meet woodland spirit Jakodi, a soothing soul that brings darkness to light through his magical flute and gentle animation. “A Walk in the Woods” is on display at Artsville Collective at Marquee in the River Arts District from Friday, August 5 through Sunday, October 30, 2022 at Marquee in the RAD. More information is at https://sandhillartists.com. Jim McDowell, a skilled ceramicist, creates under the name “The Black Potter.” He has been making face jugs for over 35 years in the tradition of his African and Caribbean ancestors. Each face jug tells a moving story dating from slavery to current times, and empowered by inspiring inscriptions on the back. Bronwen McCormick’s soothing watercolor paintings bring a breath of fresh air to traditional landscapes. She mimics nature using fluid brushstrokes, capturing the inspired colors of mountains and woods, offering new appreciation for familiar scenes, made fresh through prowess and proficiency. Jo Miller, a talented woodturner, uses a basket illusion technique that transforms turned wood into a semblance of woven basketry. These unusual plates speak to new techniques within the framework of inspired hand craft, enhancing natural wood with a uniquely textural quality. Ellen Golden begins her artistry with landscape photography, and modifies it skillfully into something rather different and more contemporary. These works are thoughtfully manipulated showing a mastery that amplifies the colors and textures of autumn, by day and by night. This is her first public show so she embodies Artsville goal to support emerging artists. Mary Farmer is a skilled artist whose encaustic paintings provide respite from the stress and turmoil of daily life. Her large panels are designed to bring the woods indoors, enlivening and refreshing vast walls with reflective light and colors mimicking spring and fall.