In the MC Erny Gallery: Life is But A Dream by Elizabeth Darrow

In the MC Erny Gallery - Life is But a Dream: Elizabeth Darrow

Opening Fourth Friday Reception: Friday, January 23. 

Closing Fourth Friday Reception: Friday, February 27. 

This show will close on March 11.

Regular MC Erny Gallery Viewing Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am - 4pm

About the Artist:

Elizabeth Darrow: Elizabeth Darrow has made Wilmington her home since 1977.  She is a 1967 graduate of Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) where she majored in painting.  She has been working in oil and collage throughout her career, usually in the manner of Abstract Expressionism. In the past few years she has had shows to benefit Wilmington's Hospitality House, Airlie Gardens' Butterfly House, The New Hanover Humane Society, and Canines for Service. Her work is in numerous private collections around the country, as well as being part of the permanent collection of The Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, The Cumberland County (NC) Public Library, and in the collections of Duke University Medical Center, R.J. Reynolds, Lowes, Wells Fargo Bank, BB&T, SAS, Sara Lee, Inc., and Nations Bank. You can see more of her work at

Artist's Statement: For me, becoming engaged in, and carried along by the process, is what making art is all about. My paintings and collages emerge from the process itself, rather than from any preconceived plan of mine. My only "plan" when embarking on a canvas,  is to layer colorful, gestural strokes of paint.  My task, then, is to impose  order to this initial chaos. The process moves itself along, taking unexpected turns as various shapes and colors, both painted and colllaged, are added to the equation. Out of a succession of layers images  emerge. In the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, discovery comes through the process itself.

About the Gallery:

MC Erny was a devoted friend of WHQR from its earliest days. An accomplished actress and great party host, she was always generous with her time, financial support, and affection for the staff. She worked as a supervisor during many fundraisers and was a weekly presence at the front desk. MC was kind, gracious, elegant, witty and fun to be with. Our gallery space has been named in her honor.

The MC Erny Gallery is located in WHQR's studio in The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front Street, downtown Wilmington. Call WHQR at (910) 343-1640 for more information. The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm and during Fourth Friday Receptions