Saturday, October 31, 2015

Carol Anna Meese - Her Paintings Enhance the Walls of The Ward Center

The spacious Grand Gallery of the Ward Center for Contemporary Art is a treasure to visit. The paintings of Carol Anna Meese enhance its walls and make it ever more special. The vibrant waves crashing against the Atlantic Coast of our great continent can be felt as well as seen by the visitor who studies Meese's work and is entranced by the power.
Carol Anna Meese stands next to a piece of her vibrant art ©Mary Montague Sikes

Carol Anna Meese with a wall of "freed" work ©Mary Montague Sikes

Meese created the amazing work in the Ward show while studying the sea and the sky and the changing weather of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She watched in awe of the birds flying south.

"I wished I too could join them soaring above the earth, sailing to a new land if only for a season," she says in her statement about the exhibition.

"Some beam flows through my body and I lose consciousness," she writes and I believe her.

The work of Meese develops from her senses and her moods. She does not plan it. Her gestural brushwork is evident in each painting and causes the viewer to linger.

This is a show not to miss. Visit the gallery, open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
The Ward Center for Contemporary Art Grand Gallery ©Mary Montague Sikes


  1. Hi Monti - I need to spend some time reading the starting point of the Ward Centre - but what a wonderful place to exhibit art works ... Carol Meese's work fits the display area perfectly ... I love the sea crashing into the land and all the melding of land and sea together ...

    Good luck with the new blog - cheers Hilary

    1. Hilary, thank you so much for visiting my new art blog. You would love to visit this gallery!