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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.

We are open!  We look forward to serving you.  We kindly ask you to wear masks.  We will limit the number of people in the gallery as a whole to five and only one framing customer will be allowed at each counter at a time.

Please stay safe everyone! We would like to thank our incredible customers for their many messages of support and encouragement over the last weeks. We are grateful.

 

BEVERLY McIVER
THE LIGHT WITHIN

OPENING NOVEMBER 14

Beverly McIver returns to Craven Allen with a powerful new body of work.

Never Going Back, detail, by Beverly McIver

 

NOW SHOWING

PEG BACHENHEIMER
New Paintings

PAUL HRUSOVSKY
New Paintings

RONAN KYLE PETERSON
Red Earthenware

September 19 – October 31

Peg Bachenheimer, Paul Hrusovksy and Ronan Kyle Peterson combine elements of nature with pure abstraction for their three-person show Craven Allen Gallery. The gallery is open for viewing with social distancing measures in place, and the works will able to view on the gallery’s website, cravenallengallery.com

Peg Bachenheimer creates landscapes and abstract paintings using the time-honored —and challenging—techniques of oil with cold wax, and encaustic hot wax. “This ancient and durable medium has a mystery, luminosity and organic quality that give the final pieces a spiritual feeling. My process involves discovery; not knowing all that will emerge is an act of faith.” Bachenheimer hales from a family steeped in the art and museum world; she brings a discerning eye to her work which has found a wide audience.

Longtime Craven Allen Gallery director Paul Hrusovsky returns home with a vibrant collection of canvases based on organic shapes, rich with movement. The luscious surface textures have a visceral, tactile quality, enhanced by stencils and silk-screens. A Triangle gallery staple for over 30 years and outspoken arts advocate, Hrusovsky’s work is in major public and private collections.

With his modern, edgy take on traditional North Carolina functional pottery, the work of Ronan Kyle Peterson stands out as singularly imaginative. Peterson combines nature imagery with bold shapes and striking colors, seeking ” … to create a comic book interpretation of the natural world with a focus on rocks and trees and their role in the perpetual organic comedy of growth and decay.” A native of Poplar, NC, Peterson’s work is popular with collectors interested in the future of our state’s most iconic medium.