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Out of the Blue

new works by narrative artist

Tory Casey

Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue

Exploring community and culture, social commentary, history, and folklore.

11/06/19 thru 01/02/20

Tory’s Artist Statement:

I Just want to engage the viewer.

The paintings I make are narrative, painted from a bird’s eye view with deceptively simple images and bright color. That is what will initially ignite the viewers desire to step into the narrative of that canvas. I believe that the artist is a revealer of a world that is ordinarily hidden from us, and the work invites a jumping off point for the viewer’s imagination.

My medium is acrylic on canvas, using small brushes to build up many translucent layers of color. I like patterns and circles and light. I often find crows in my paintings, which seem to represent the flurry of chattering thoughts in my head.

Strongly influenced by community and culture, social commentary, history and folklore, I paint entirely from memory and by imagination. I’ve always wanted to be an artist. It took me a long time to realize I could be an artist. I am self-taught and don’t want to ‘know’ what I’m doing. I trust my intuition and everything interesting in my paintings comes in mysteriously, out of the blue.

*Join us for an Opening Reception on Friday, November 8 (5-7pm) in the Welborn Gallery*

14th Street
If I had ten dollars more, I'd climb up Sugar Hill
Eve Too
The Emperor Has No Clothes
Ocean Garbage
Kick Up Your Heels

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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.

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