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A Sustainable Art Show featuring Five Winston-Salem Eco Artists

Curated by Lindsay Piper Potter-Figueiredo

On display in the Welborn Gallery September 2 thru October 29

The Yadkin Arts Council’s Welborn Gallery takes a sustainable twist this Fall by presenting “RE:construction”, an educational exploration into the sustainable practices of various Winston-Salem eco-artists. This exhibition provides an in depth look at a mélange of works, showcasing numerous techniques, in which artists transform or reconstruct via various mediums, by way of reuse and repurposing of materials. This show features the works of Kelsey Brown, Emily Ortiz Badalamente, Julia Bowden, Andrew Fansler, and Lindsay Piper Potter-Figueiredo. 


Join the Yadkin Arts Council for a Live Virtual Opening Reception on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 4:30pm. A closing reception is tentatively scheduled for the end of October (Date TBA).


More about the Artists and Curator:


Kelsey Brown is a textile artist and educator based in Winston-Salem, NC. Kelsey is intentional about the materials she uses. She grows, finds, and collects many of the materials in her work. Inspired by a love of the natural world, her art often pays tribute to where it came from. From collecting natural dyes on hikes to weaving old cassette tapes, she loves the stories of items we own, use, and consume. She recently co-opened Village Fabric Shop, supplying quality apparel and quilting fabrics, environmentally responsible textiles, notions, and crafting goods that inspire people to create, celebrate craft traditions, and connect with others.


Emily Ortiz Badalamente Emily Ortiz Badalamente is a textile artist and art therapist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As an artist, Emily primarily uses repurposed textiles, mixed media, and found ephemera to explore topics that interest her visually and emotionally. She values the emotional and generational connection that textile processes hold, both personally and globally. As an art therapist and counselor, she believes strongly in the power of the creative process to allow for personal inquiry, healing, and increased wellbeing for all individuals. 


Julia Bowden is a North Carolina based visual artist whose current art practice is focused around installation, drawing, and bronze sculptures. Julia grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and studied at Maryland Institute College of Art where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a double major in Painting and Art History. Julia actively participated in landscape painting competitions in the Mid-Atlantic area until 2016 when she moved to Italy to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts in Florence. Her current body of work focuses on the cycle of growth and decay in nature. She creates two and three dimensional installation pieces with found wood and natural objects. 


Andrew Fansler is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His installations and sculptures address our tenuous connection to the psychic landscape and the possibility of finding each other there.


Lindsay Piper Potter-Figueiredo, a native of Winston-Salem, received her BA in Art History at Salem College. Upon graduation, she took a full-time position at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. She has a professional background in the non-profit art sector, with a passion for making the arts accessible for all. In 2016, she moved to Scotland and completed her Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh, in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, Criticism, and Curating. The primary focus of her research encompassed community arts enrichment, outreach, and public art practice. After Scotland, she moved to Lisbon, Portugal where she worked in art and language education. Lindsay is back in Winston-Salem, spending most of her time as a fiber artist and owner of Piper + Fig; she experiments with the reuse of materials in all of her designs, from punch needle embroidery wall hangings to bicycle tire inner tube jewelry. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Art Nouveau and Gateway Nature Preserve– both of Winston-Salem.



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Exhibit Runs: September 2 – October 29, 2021


Virtual Opening Reception: September 2 @ 4:30pm on Facebook Live (


Artist Closing Reception: Date TBA

The Gallery is open for in person, socially distanced viewing Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm.

Please email to inquire about purchasing one (or more) of these beautiful pieces!

On the Schedule for 2021…

History of the Gallery

The Welborn Gallery was named after Marion and Jewell Welborn of Boonville for the generous lead gift they made to the Center’s capital campaign. The Welborns gifted the final funds needed to close the campaign and make possible the opening of the center.  

About The Gallery

Our Welborn Gallery warmly greets every visitor to the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center as soon as you walk in the building. Our Welborn Gallery is designed to expose residents and visitors to continual and varied 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces of art. You can always find something to inspire and challenge you with every visit. The Welborn Gallery operates on the same business hours as the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center: Monday thru Friday (9am-5pm) & during special events. We are closed on major federal holidays.

Guidelines For The Welborn Gallery

Portfolio Submission Guidelines for Exhibitions (2020/2021):

Please send 5 – 7 good quality .jpeg digital images of your work. These images should be a fair representation of the work you wish to exhibit at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, or similar to work you intend to create for the exhibit. Each image should be labeled with the size of the piece, medium, and title.

In addition to providing examples of your work, we request that you provide us with your website with specific instructions to guide us to the selections of art you wish to exhibit.

Other information we require includes a brief description of your exhibition idea. How many art objects? Is there a theme? You’ll also be required to provide information about yourself, your exhibition experience, and your training, if any.

If you are accepted to exhibit with us, you will need approximately 25 to 30 pieces of art at various sizes. All work must be wired for hanging.

For questions about submitting artwork to exhibit in our gallery please email