Color Vision III

Colorvision III
Carrboro Town Hall Exhibit
Tuesday, November 1 to Friday, January 1, 2006

Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson's Final Art Exhibit Features Nerys Levy

Early into his years as Carrboro’s Mayor, Mike Nelson, invited artist Nerys Levy to display her work at Carrboro Town Hall. Now, as Nelson prepares to step down after a decade of helping develop and promote innovative art groups and projects in Carrboro, he has invited Levy back as the last artist to show during his time as Mayor.

"Shortly after getting elected to my first term as mayor, I began organizing art shows at Carrboro Town Hall to highlight local artists. Nerys Levy was the first artist to exhibit her work at Carrboro Town Hall. As I wind down my service as mayor, I'm deeply honored that Nerys agreed to come back and be have the last exhibit of my term. It's a nice way to end," said Nelson.

Mayor Nelson started the Carrboro Art Committee and is a current member of that advisory board, and was also a founder of the Carrboro Music Festival, serving on that committee for several years.

Fragolini Arbor 1Levy’s exhibit, Color Vision III, which runs from Nov. 1 - January 1, 2006, will feature the artist’s latest work from a recent trip to Europe. A reception to honor both Nerys Levy and Mayor Nelson will be held on Friday, November 11, from 6:00 until 9 pm, in conjunction with the Second Friday Art Walk at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 West Main St. in Carrboro. Carrboro’s new Poet Laureate, Todd Sandvik, will read a poem he is writing in honor of Mayor Nelson at the reception. Jazz singer and saxophonist Sharmin Mirman’s Lucky's Starlight Lounge will be the musical guest. Coffee will be provided by Open Eye and wine by Weaver Street Market.

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Working in mixed water-based media on paper, Nerys Levy portrays the forms and forces of nature -- North Carolina forests and marshes, Alpine masses and glaciers, cloud formations, gardens, and architectural forms altered by time and light. She often does a series of works of the same subject in shifting light, seasons and weather. Her Dogs In Motion paintings are achieved by following her subject as it moves freely through its familiar environment.

Born in Wales and now a Carrboro resident, Levy is deeply rooted in her native country's language and culture, which has influenced her painting. Nerys had a first career in race relations, community work and education, working in India, the Caribbean, South Africa and London. She has a Ph.D. in South Asian History from the University of London. Although she painted throughout much of her childhood, Levy began serious art studies in 1980 in La Jolla, California, working with various members of the Visual Arts Department of the University of California at San Diego. She also studied at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California. Many of her works are in private collections both in Europe and the United States.

In addition to being a professional artist, Levy is chairperson of the Carrboro Branch Library Art Committee. She is also a founder of and chairperson for the Annual Community Dinner celebrating cultural diversity and is a member of the Horace Williams House Art Committee. Levy is deeply committed to the expansion of the public art scene and the involvement of culturally diverse groups in the public art scene. In this respect she and Mayor Nelson share a lot in common.

Nerys has had many solo exhibitions, including the Galleria Santo Stefano Exhibit in Venice, Italy, the Louise Jones Brown Gallery Exhibit at Duke University, and recently at the National Humanities Center, and has participated in many group exhibitions.

Carrboro Town Hall is open from 9 – 5 Monday through Friday and some evenings.