Geometric shapes painted in primary colors melt on and off the screen, jazz ticks along in the background and there’s not a soul in sight. The latest art exhibition from Preservation Chapel Hill has gone virtual.
Video footage on the organization’s website walks visitors through "Then and Now," an exhibition of Anne Thomas’ prints and paintings, in the latest COVID-19 compromise. The historic Horace Williams House is hosting the exhibit, which spans the 91-year-old artist’s prolific career, until Nov. 22.
In an interview with exhibit curator Nerys Levy, Thomas described her work as spontaneous. She said she’s inspired by the shapes that interest her and the colors she enjoys.
A North Carolina native, Thomas has worked at a variety of prestigious institutions including UNC, the University of Georgia and the Greater Reston Arts Center. Following her stint in Reston, she returned to Chapel Hill and maintained her involvement in the local arts scene, serving as the chairperson of the Horace Williams House Art Committee until her retirement.
Thomas donated her collection to the program in order to make this exhibition possible, Levy said. And her loyalty is further demonstrated by the fact that she’s showcasing her work at all.