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On view near you for Nov. 13, 2014

An update on local art galleries and museums.

FRANK: Penland Area Glass

FRANK Gallery will present the work of eclectic glass artists from the mountains of North Carolina and the Triangle area at their opening reception Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The exhibit features North Carolina artists Valerie and Rick Beck, William and Katherine Bernstein, Greg Fidler, Rob Levin and Kenny Pieper. Glass art from FRANK artists Lucartha Kohler and Madonna Phillips will also be on display.

Each artist gives his or her unique take on glass art. For example, Phillips will have a piece she created using cut glass that’s meant to shine in the light. 

“We are hoping to draw anyone who is interested in art,” said gallery manager Torey Mishoe.

The glass art shown in the exhibition is not commonly seen in the area, Mishoe said. This is the first time FRANK has hosted a glass show.

Ackland: PhotoVision

Ackland Art Museum is currently showing its feature exhibit “Mrs. W. H. Mumler, Clairvoyant Physician.”

The exhibit is the first “spirit photograph” in the Ackland collection and was created by William Mumler in the 1870s. Emily Bowles, a spokeswoman for the Ackland, said the genre is like a calling or business card that advertises a woman who had clairvoyant and healing powers.

Each piece of art is chosen to bring something new to the collection. Bowles said people might not realize the Ackland has such a strong collection of photography.

“It’s a great chance for people who may be only familiar with digital photography to see examples of photographic processes that are quite old, quite different and quite hands on,” she said.

Tyndall: Gayle Stott Lowry

Tyndall Galleries, located in University Mall, is currently showing “Finding Yourself In Unknown Territory” by Gayle Stott Lowry. Saturday will be the last day Lowry’s artwork is showing in the gallery.

The exhibit is a collection of architectural paintings from the artist’s travels to Italy, Spain, Cuba and Mexico. This is the gallery’s sixth solo exhibition.

A North Carolina native, Lowry studied art and primary education at East Carolina University. Her work has now gained national recognition and she’s had gallery showings along the East Coast. 

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“The artists that we represent at this point of time are non-emerging artist,” said gallery owner Jane Tyndall. “They are mid-career artist. Most of them are nationally know for their work.” 

Light Art + Design: Casey Cook

Light Art + Design has a collection of contemporary art by Chapel Hill artist Casey Cook. The exhibition is currently open until Nov. 29.

Cook has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and has worked in L.A. and New York.

“We don’t usually do solo shows,” said gallery manager Sarah Elbetri. “But Casey Cook had a really powerful body of work.” 

The exhibition is a solo show called “Geometric Desire.” Cook works with cardboard and monoprints, a form of printmaking that uses re-printable blocks made of different materials, and incorporates sculptures with vibrant colors and varying shapes. 

“It’s kind of fanciful,” said Elbetri.

Some of Cook’s artwork will later be transferred to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke.