Local artist shows work in downtown gallery

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Mixed media artist Dee Dee Oliver will show her abstract works on paper and canvas as well as some collage pieces at the Eyes on Main Street gallery in October.

Oliver enjoys using a wide variety of materials in her works. Working from her home studio, she finds abstract to be the most freeing. Using layering, gestural marks and directional lines, she strives to create “motion” in her work.

“Experimentation plays a big part in the creative process. I like combining materials to see how they interact with one another and go from there,” she said.

Oliver studied collage at Barton College under Paula Patterson and considers her a major influence in her journey as an artist. Each piece of work that includes collage is a nod and tribute to her late instructor.

Originally from Lucama, Oliver has lived most of her life in Wilson. From a family of creative people, she is the great-niece of folk artist Vollis Simpson. She has been a professional photographer since 2010, shooting weddings and portrait photography all over North Carolina.

Working from her home studio, she rededicated herself in studio art after discovering the therapeutic benefits in the creative process. A self-taught painter, she said she found the freedom of no preconceptions of a finished product allowed for experimentation in materials and mediums.

Oliver began selling her works to private collectors both locally and internationally. Her abstracts have been in exhibitions in Raleigh and Greenville. Her works are currently on display as part of a public art installation in several locations in downtown Wilson, including the Whirligig Park, and later this year will be part of a public art installation in downtown Greenville.

Oliver is the visual arts coordinator for Wilson Arts.

The Eyes on Main Street Goldsboro Street Gallery is located at 126-128 Goldsboro St. S. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Friday.

The show can also be seen by appointment. Email at eyesonmainstreetinc@gmail.com with 24-hour notice.