Art has been Janice Mooreâ€™s passion since she was a young teenager, and at the age of 74, she is having her first one-woman gallery exhibit â€œPotpourri.â€
Mooreâ€™s paintings, some in acrylic, some in watercolors, will fill the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center through April 24. An opening reception will be held tonight at 7.
The show includes still lifes, portraits, landscapes of the countryside and Italian streets and impressionistic pieces.
A wife, mother of two and retired nurse, art has always been Mooreâ€™s escape. She first discovered her gift through the help of an elderly art teacher.
Now she spends her time at the easel â€” usually in the morning.
â€œMy body closes down in the afternoon,â€ she said.
Her husband, Charles, loves her work, joking â€œIt keeps her off my back.â€
Moore has no set medium or subject. She loves painting scenes outside directly from life, or changing photographs into paintings.
She has done portraits of a daughter and granddaughter for herself and been hired to do other sittings.
Every work she has holds special memories for her. One â€œreminds me of the good time I had in Italy.â€ Another, â€œreminds me of my day at the beach with a friend.â€
With over 60 years under her belt as an artist, Moore just works â€œaccording to my mood.â€
â€œWhen I look at something, I think about the picture it could make,â€ she said.
Over the course of her life, Mooreâ€™s paintings have found themselves sitting in exhibits, homes of friends and family and private collections.
That said, sheâ€™s thrilled to have her first solo show.
â€œIâ€™m really excited,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s been a lot of hard work, and I just like for people to see it.â€
Want to go? â€œPoutpourriâ€ featuring the work of Janice Moore will run today through April 25 at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception will be held tonight at 7 at the Cultural Center. The exhibit is being hosted by the Lincoln Arts Council. The project is being supported in part by a grant provided by the grassroots arts program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
by Sarah Grano