North Carolina’s premier custom picture framer since 1968, Craven Allen Gallery/House of Frames features the largest selection of framing choices in the region, as well as the Triangle’s most experienced picture framers. Our gallery features local and nationally known artists.




Tuesday, March 27
Reception with refreshments 5:30
Talk begins at 6:15

Join the artist for as he reveals the connection between his large earthcast sculptures cast directly in the earth and the two-dimensional work currently showing at Craven Allen Gallery. 

Thomas Sayre’s art is firmly rooted in landscape.  The paintings in Between Dirt and Sky are inspired the farms and barns of the rural south.  Like Sayre’s iconic large-scale earthcast sculptures–found in public and private spaces all of the world—Sayre’s process is intensely physical, utilizing unusual materials, including roofing tar and dirt. The images hover between abstraction and realism, with a texture and depth that give them a visceral intensity.

Between Dirt and Sky is a more intimate version of the touring installation White Gold, which premiered at CAM in Raleigh, and is currently at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.  Sayre first introduced cotton-inspired paintings as part of Craven Allen’s show Medici Schmedici, which highlighted the value of collectors in the careers of artists.

Triangle residents will be familiar with the series of large earthcast rings, Gyre, which have become one of the most beloved works at the North Carolina Museum of Art. In addition to the paintings, several earthcast sculptures will also be on display at the gallery.

To watch the PBS documentary about Thomas Sayre, EARTHCASTER, click here.


Reporter Joe Johnson of the Durham Herald-Sun tells how Thomas Sayre inspired students at the Hill Center in Chapel Hill! Read more ….READ MORE

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Fresh off the heels of his trifecta of museum shows at the NCMA, Nasher, and Ackland, Burk Uzzle is featured in the News & Observer choosing framing at Craven Allen for his incredible Greenville show…READ MORE