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.

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A Retrospective
In the gallery April 24th – July 3

and online on the Michael Tice Gallery Page

Michael Tice, who exhibited widely during his 35 years in New York City before returning to the south, opens DREAMSCAPES: A RETROSPECTIVE at Craven Allen Gallery on Saturday, April 24th.

Tice uses his luscious color palette and love for line and pattern to conjure hidden narratives of the American Dream, exploring themes of innocence—and its loss. “My work has evolved and changed over the years, from early works which were rooted in a kind of domestic surrealism, to a more complex exploration of sexuality and gender roles.”

The artist works instinctively. “My work often has a dream-like quality. I’m concerned with fluid thinking and decision making during the process. Intuition is important; I hope to surprise myself. I never fully plan a work, but rather let it evolve and change as I go along in the process of creating.” The works on display have been created over four decades and show his mastery of a variety of media, including acrylic, pastel, charcoal, watercolor and gouache.

Michael Tice received a BFA from the University of South Carolina, a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony, a fellowship from the SC Arts Commission, and has done graduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and at New York University. He lives in Carrboro.