About the Art
Here are a few notables regarding my work:
Media: As of 2018 I began using Golden Acrylic paints almost exclusively. In addition to the high pigment concentration and lovely texture of the paint, I believe in the way the company is run and I support their commitment to excellence. They stand behind their products so that I can stand behind mine. There are several pieces of mine still available that are painted with a combination of Liquitex, Charvin, and a few other brands that I have tried here and there. I do occasionally use alcohol ink to create certain color-bleed effects in paintings. Part of the creative process is experimentation and the joy of just seeing what happens! That said, over 90% of the color on my canvases is Golden Acrylic and everything I use is professional grade.
Substrate: The majority of my paintings are created on gallery-wrapped, back splined, 1.5” deep canvases made by Artist’s Loft. I prefer the finished backing on these canvases and like the way that the corners are folded and seamed. Since I typically wrap my paintings around the edges of the canvas, I have found that these work best for me. Sometimes I paint on wooden panels. On very rare occasion I build and stretch my own canvases. I like to provide options. By nature of the style I use, most of my work is “frame optional.” Some may be stand alone pieces on shelves or other flat surfaces depending on size.
Protection: Each painting I make is treated with Golden satin polymer varnish. This serves as a protective layer to keep acrylic colors true for the life of the painting. As oil paints oxidize over many years to provide a harder surface, there is a gradual shift in color. Varnishes used for oil paints will yellow over time. The concern for ACRYLIC paints is not so much a color shift as it is a concern for the softer surface attracting dust or dirt. The varnish I use allows for gentle cleaning with a damp cloth and can be easily removed and replaced by a professional restoration expert in the event that any physical damage needs to be repaired. This sealant remains clear and also blocks UV light that may tend to fade some of the more fragile pigments used.
For more information, please feel free to email me.
Many people want prints of their favorite pieces. As we downsize we don't always have room for BIG art.The next best thing is a smaller pop of color placed just so.
I set up online storefront called LGZazzle. If you are looking for a small 5"×7" to pop into a department store frame instead of a 24"×36" to dominate your wall, here is your hookup:
March is Here!
Some fun things have been happening in Laura Gammons' studio this winter! I've been painting up a storm in preparation for the "Free To Fly" Show at the Red Shoe Studio Gallery here in New Bern NC, USA.
The show features several new paintings of flora and fauna that amaze me as an artist. The show opens March 9th during Artwalk. Hope you can come by!
Many of the pieces are also listed here in my portfolio. All the best! LG
Marching into Spring
It is an honor to announce that Laura will be the featured artist in The March/April issue of Foothills Times!
She has also been busy in the studio working on a collection of paintings for a March show at The Red Shoe in New Bern NC. The theme of the show is "Free to Fly" and will feature the artist's favorite subject: birds! The opening reception for the show is the 2nd Friday in March. Come out and see the new collection and meet the artist.
What Happened this Sunmer and Upcoming Shows
Summer has been a busy season in the studio...and a great time for exploration! New techniques and media always intrigue artists and Laura is no exception to that rule. She has been experimenting with layers and interference paint, unique backgrounds, color/hue dynamics and all sorts of other really dorky art-geek stuff...and she loves every minute of it!
You can see a really cool 2-piece sea life painting by Laura Gammons at The Red Shoe Studio Gallery on Middle Street in New Bern NC...and at A Hopeful Balance Yoga Studio on Middle Street you will find the unique, perfect-for-gifting oyster shell paintings shown here. Layers of glaze and interference paints do some pretty magical things with light in these.
Laura currently has a painting in the Mumfest Exhibit sponsored By Bank of the Arts. This exhibit is spread out all over downtown New Bern. Laura's painting is housed at The Red Shoe.
There is also a "Critter Exhibit" coming up at Craven Arts Council in November/December. Laura is busy painting away and looks forward to filling space in that Beautiful Gallery! This is always a very popular, feel-good show....who doesn't love cute animal pictures?
Lastly for the month of November, Laura will be exhibiting 6 paintings at the Blount-Bridgers House in Historic Tarboro NC for the annual fundraiser. Please make the trip to the gallery in this charming little town to see art from many talented artists!!
For more information about where to find Laura's art or to consult with her regarding a piece of art, please contact her at her email address.
"The Alley" by Laura Gammons has been selected by the New Bern Historic Downtown Residents' Association to be used on one of the decorative banners we will see on Broad Street! Look for this and many others to grace our downtown area this summer! For more information on the 2017 Banner Project, please visit www.newbernbanners.org
Art2O Water contest
"Coquelots a la Mer" (aka Poppies by the Sea) has been entered in the Art2O Water Emerging Artist contest. This international opportunity will ultimately result in the winner's art to be featured on their bottles water!
Please follow the link below to cast your vote and support Laura's entry!!!
Art for Charity
Laura Gammons has earmarked several paintings at the Brown Pelican on Broad Street in New Bern to benefit Promise Place. Fifty percent of the sale price will go directly to the charity. Some of the paintings are shown here on lauragammons.com. This special event will run through March 31, 2017.
Four small works have also been donated by the artist to Community Artists Will(CAW), also on Broad Street in New Bern. Each of the four donated pieces will sell for $40 and proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization.
Art for Charity
The Brown Pelican at 411 Broad Street in New Bern has graciously offered space in the piano room to house art by Laura Gammons. The sale of each Laura Gammons painting in this space goes to benefit charity. The project began in December 2016 to benefit Craven Habitat and now continues through March 31, 2017 to benefit Promise Place.
The Brown Pelican continues to give back to the community by hosting several charity events each year. It's a great local pub with a heart. It is also the best live music venue in town!!!
Wednesday December 7th Radio Interview
So on Wednesday, December 7th at 6PM (est) Meg Wethington , Hank Barbee and I will be on the national blogtalk radio show called Creativity in Motion with David Allan Hurst!
We will be talking about the creativity that drives each of us as artists...why we do what we do...and the Home for the Holidays Benefit we are doing for Habitat Craven at the Brown Pelican on the 17th. You guys give us a listen... Creativity In Motion
Bank of the Arts Show
Laura Gammons Studios is being featured in the Director's Gallery at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle Street, New Bern NC. The exhibit, entitled "A New Day," features a variety of acrylic floral paintings on gallery-wrapped canvas that will certainly help to usher in beautiful spring days.
"A New Day" will be available for viewing through March 31, 2016 and a floating reception will be held from 5-8pm on March 11 during Artwalk. Paintings in the exhibit, which are shown on this website, may be purchased by visiting the gallery, by calling the Arts Council at 252-638-2577, or by visiting the Craven Arts website.
Laura wishes to express her sincere gratitude for your interest and continued support.
Laura Gammons Studios has gone global, with fans in six countries! Through galleries, this website and facebook, art by Laura Gammons has found its way into 19 US States and 3 countries that we are aware of. Much humility and gratitude from the artist... <3
Artwork by Laura Gammons can be found in FOUR gallery spaces in New Bern NC!
A Hopeful Balance, 244 1/2 Middle Street, New Bern NC 28560
Ballantyne Framing, 220 Craven Street, New Bern NC 28560
Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle Street, New Bern NC 28560
Red Shoe Gallery, 323B Middle Street, New Bern NC 28560
All works shown on this website are available directly through the artist. Additional pieces and previews are available on Laura Gammons Studios. Drop by and "Like" the page; you never know what special promotions might fall into your news feed!
Artist of the Month Opening Reception
Laura Gammons is featured as Artist of the month at the New Bern Library, 400 Johnson St, New Bern NC. The paintings that are featured in the show are also listed on this website. There was a lovely writeup by journalist Charlie Hall in the Sun Journal. Please follow this link to view:
Artist of the Month
Laura Gammons is featured as the March 2015 Artist of the Month at the New Bern-Craven Public Library on 400 Johnson Street in historic New Bern NC. The show runs through March 31, 2015 and is open for viewing Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Purchase arrangements can be made by contacting Laura directly at 252-723-7860, through direct message here, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Friday News!
Laura Gammons Studios and several other New Bern artists will be "losing" some artwork on the Streets of New Bern on Black Friday. Whomever is fortunate to find a piece of "lost" art is allowed to keep it for free. This promotion for local artists and local shops is an effort by the Community Artists Will of New Bern NC.
Holiday News 2014
Laura Gammons has artwork available in New Bern NC at Ballantyne Framing and Art on Craven Street, at A Hopeful Balance on Middle Street and in "The Vault" at Bank of the Arts on Middle Street. When you are in the Colonial Capital, please do stop by!
New Bern Art Crawl
Laura Gammons will be participating in Art Crawl in downtown New Bern on Friday, March 14, 2014. There will also be a surprise in the mix as random paintings may be "lost" downtown...just waiting to be found by YOU!
Come on down to New Bern NC on March 14th and enjoy the sights & sounds of local artists exhibiting their crafts from 5-8pm. A fabulous time will be had by all!