Eyes on Main Street Features Works by Barton’s Susan Fecho

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Eyes on Main Street gallery presents the exhibition “Vulnerable,” featuring mixed-media collages and book arts works by artist and Barton art professor, Susan Fecho. The work will be on display beginning Friday, March 7, and will run through Sunday, April 19. An opening reception and gallery talk, featuring the artist, will be held Friday, March 13. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the gallery talk at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Fecho is a prolific mixed–media artist, working in and combining textiles, paper, book arts, printmaking, collage, painting, illustration. Her artwork is always evocative—a form of poetic story telling. She innovatively employs traditional and experimental techniques with non-traditional materials and new contexts. Her stories, ideas, and imagery are inspired by nature, history, the environment, and her community. 

“The body is gone, but there is a residue, a memory; with something that stays behind to keep these images from being sterile representation of spaces,” shares Fecho. “Within these mood pieces, I revisit ideas and actual places to suggest life and memory, to evoke imaged sounds and emotions. My pieces are never static, but continue to evolve and change. Both hand and mind manipulate, gather, reshape in effort to preserve and also to open a door or a window for the viewer.”

A professor of art at Barton College since 1997, Fecho also serves as dean of the College’s School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts. With a Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University, Fecho continued with postgraduate studies through Northern Illinois University, the Penland School of Crafts, the Humboldt Field Research Institute of Maine, and the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. She is a trained printmaker, designer, and an illustrator with professional experiences that extend beyond three decades. Her art studio and gallery, Fecho Designs, is located in historic downtown Tarboro. Fecho and her husband, Scott, make their home in Tarboro. They have one son and three grandchildren.

The Eyes on Main Street gallery, located at 128 Goldsboro Street, will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, and on the first Fridays of March 6 and April 3, the gallery will be open from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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