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“Handmade: Portraits of the Artist's Tools”

by Bryan Rierson

On display in the Welborn Gallery: September 8 – October 28, 2022

Join us for an opening reception on September 8, 2022 from 5-7pm

The Yadkin Arts Council presents “Handmade: Portraits of the Artist’s Tools” – by Bryan Rierson- September 8  thru October 28, 2022.  This large-scale black and white photography exhibit features local artisans displaying pieces that they themselves have created with their tools (their hands). In addition to the photos, there will be information about each artist displayed alongside each piece. The artisans featured will also be invited to display a 3D piece of their work on a pedestal in the gallery as well. Bryan received funding for this project and exhibit from the North Carolina Arts Council as part of their Artist Support Grant program in 2021 & 2022. There will be an opening reception on September 8th at 5 pm to celebrate this show. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.




The love of handmade craft inspired Bryan Rierson to begin a project in 2019  photographing portraits of artists and artisans, showing their hands rather  than their faces. He titled it “Handmade- Portraits of the Artist’s Tools.” Rierson  began with Brandon Edwards, a wet plate collodion photographer. His  portrait shows his chemical-stained hands holding a 4” tintype he made. He has since photographed a variety of artisans displaying different mediums. Each photograph features the artist’s hands holding his or her work, or in some cases the tools or materials they use to produce the work. All images were shot on film, in black and white. This handmade aspect of the work helps to  tie it into the handmade craft of each of his subjects.



ARTIST STATEMENT by Bryan Rierson:


I find it quite satisfying to create something tangible with my own hands. My  photographic journey began in the film age when we made our creative decisions  before clicking the shutter, creating the finished photograph in the darkroom with a  process that felt like magic… or alchemy.  The advent of digital capture took away some of that feeling of craft, and  manipulating images in computer software made my photographs feel more like  manufactured copies to me rather than one-of-a-kind handmade prints. I am also an  amateur woodworker, so I appreciate fine handcrafted work. After years of digital  photography I have returned to my roots, abandoning the digital camera in favor of  traditional film for my fine art work. I photograph people – both posed portraits and real life. I have found that my  subjects appreciate the fact that I am crafting their photograph with traditional  methods, and often they tell me about their passion for something that they too  create by hand. This shared love of handmade art inspires me to continue working  to perfect my craft.




What: “Handmade: Portraits of the Artist’s Tools” – by Bryan Rierson

When: On Display September 8 – October 28, 2022

Where: Welborn Gallery in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville, NC 27055 (open Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm and during special events)

This Project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

The Gallery is open for visitors Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm (Free Admission).

Please email if you are interested in purchasing a piece from one of our gallery exhibits.

On the Schedule for 2022…

2022 Welborn Gallery Schedule:


“The Colors of Winter”: January 13 – March 4

A collection of works by the Yadkin Arts Council’s Artist Members that explores their memories and reflections upon winter, and the colors and moods the season evokes.


“The Fine Art of Colored Pencil”: March 10 – April 29

The Colored Pencil Society of America (NC Chapter) presents a group exhibit that highlights the beautiful and versatile medium of colored pencil.


“Let There Be Light” by Michael Isley: May 5 – June 24

A vibrant stained glass exhibit featuring a variety of colors, textures, and shapes that inspires imagination and displays how light is the catalyst to life.


Yadkin Arts Council 2022 Annual Juried Exhibition: July 15 – September 2

(Featuring Sharon Hardin as Juror)

This competition is a celebration of some of the finest creativity in the state and is open to NC artists aged 18 years and older. $3500 is awarded to the best entries.



“Handmade: A Portrait of an Artist’s Tools” by Bryan Rierson: September 8 – October 28

A large scaled black & white photography exhibit featuring the hands of local artisans displaying their art and the tools they use for their craft.


“Observations and Fantasies” by Sharon Hardin:  November 3 – December 23

An organic watercolor exhibition exploring a visual language through forms inspired by nature, experience, and imagination.

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 (2023/2024):

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