The cover photo is called “Annunciation” by Mike Northuis
Revolution Mill will officially open Gallery 1250 and host their first art exhibit, “Triple Vision,” on Oct. 11 at 1250 Revolution Mill Dr. in Greensboro. The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the exhibit will run through early January 2020, said artist and director of Gallery 1250 Jan Lukens. Lukens said that The Bearded Goat would provide drinks and everyone is invited to this free event with complimentary food. Gallery 1250 is not to be confused with the Central Gallery, which is still operating and located at 1150 Revolution Mill Dr.
Lukens said that Gallery 1250 is a 2,800 square foot art gallery that was formerly known as the WamRev Gallery, a satellite exhibition space that was utilized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum. During a period of time awaiting grants, Revolution Mill decided to host the first WamRev Gallery exhibit. This featured James Cameron, a mural street artist from Raleigh, who painted the entire gallery’s 18-foot walls from floor to ceiling in green geometric patterns with only house paint and masking tape during the same week that Lukens moved his studio across the hall. The WamRev Gallery art opening for Cameron was in October 2016.
“Because the grants were not received and the walls were covered with a mural, the Weatherspoon was unable to use the space, and the gallery was only used for business meetings and events for the next two and a half years,” Lukens said.
Lukens said he pushed to utilize the space as an art gallery again and was asked to submit a business proposal. Management at Revolution Mill responded by making him the director. He contacted two other artist friends, Roy Nydorf and Michael Northuis, and invited them to the gallery so they could do the first show together. After a lengthy discussion, they all decided it was a good idea. That happened in June, and the walls were re-painted in July. Lukens said he is pleased to be a part of Gallery 1250’s first exhibition with two of his good friends whose art he has admired for decades.
Lukens said that Nydorf would be showing several figurative oil paintings and at least one large sculpture that will be suspended from the ceiling. Nydorf, who lives in Oak Ridge, is a native New Yorker and recently retired as head of the art department at Guilford College. Nydorf has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in painting from Yale, and he received a career retrospective in 2012 from the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art. He is known for a wealth of work from over 40 years that includes paintings, prints, etchings, drawings, wood carvings and multimedia works.
Lukens said that Northuis would be showing up to 20 oil-on-canvas imaginative, figurative paintings in small-to-medium formats. Northuis, who lives in Greensboro, is from Holland, Michigan, and has been a painting instructor at Art Alliance of Greensboro since 2000. Northuis has a Master’s of Fine Arts in painting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was also a visiting lecturer at both UNCG (1985-1990) and Guilford College (1990-2001). Northuis received a career retrospective from the Columbia Museum of Art in 2013.
Lukens plans to exhibit seven large oil paintings. The smallest one is 3 feet by 4 feet and the largest is 5 feet by 6.5 feet. Lukens said he would show two existing paintings along with five works that he did specifically to be revealed for the first time at this show.
“Because I am best known as an equestrian painter, I decided to make a sharp detour from my usual subject matter and do several paintings that were both fun and challenging to create,” Lukens said. “I hope my friends that have followed my career are pleasantly surprised.”
Lukens grew up in Greensboro and began painting horses professionally in 1992 after 15 years as an advertising illustrator. He later attended Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design in New York. Lukens has painted equestrian portraits of three Olympic gold medalists in show jumping. His paintings are in the permanent collection of the National Sporting Library & Museum and Ralph Lauren; he also has gallery representation in New York and Atlanta.
Lukens said that Gallery 1250 “has been and will continue to be used for business meetings that are held frequently in the space.” He said the gallery would be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, and that it is best to call ahead to see if a meeting is scheduled.
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., “Triple Vision” Opening Reception, exhibit runs through early January 2020 at Gallery 1250, located at 1250 Revolution Mill Dr. in Greensboro, (336) 285-9858.