A collage of a three green pieces featured in exhibitions at Sertoma Arts Center. From left to right, a glass vase by Elijah Kell, a painting by Jay Phaler, and quilt by a member of the Professional Art Quilters Alliance - South

July/August Gallery Exhibitions at Sertoma Arts Center

Exhibitions from Elijah Kell, the Professional Art Quilters Alliance - South, and a Series of Fortunate Events exhibition from Arts Access'

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About the Exhibitions & Artworks

Visit Sertoma Arts Center to view our July/August exhibitions!

On display in our lobby is Floral Fusion, a showcase of glass works by Elijah Kell. The Raleigh Room features the Art Quilts Emerge show by the Professional Art Quilters Alliance - South. In the Hall Gallery is the Series of Fortunate Events: Movement, an exhibition in partnership with Arts Access that features works by artists with disabilities.

Exhibition Details

  • When: July 1 - August 31, with an artist reception on Thursday, August 18, 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Cost: Free and open to public
  • Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5p.m.

Artists Reception  |  Raleigh Room

Join us on August 18 from 6-8 p.m. for an artists reception celebrating the Art Quilts Emerge show by the Professional Art Quilters Alliance - South. Live music will be provided by the Greg Brink Jazz Trio. 

About the Exhibitions & Artworks

Floral Fusion
Elijah Kell 

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Kaleidoscope Garden
Elijah Kell

Lilac Fields
Elijah Kell

Silver Blossoms
Elijah Kell

Small Works Trio
Elijah Kell

Elijah Kell

Artist Statement

Working with glass fascinates and challenges me. It’s like painting a canvas that I bring into three-dimensional form.

My nature inspired works and my bold abstracts are expressions of my love for color and design. Each composition emerges through a tedious design process with as many as six layers of cut and shaped glass shards, fine glass powders, and a variety of components like my hand-crafted marbles, glass threads and elements cut from cane and rods of glass.

My sculptural works embody my love for constructing something from scratch, piece-by-piece. These works are free-formed with individually cut and crushed shards of glass, carefully arranged and layered to create their organic shapes. My designs blend overlapping colors and feature strings of curled glass and elements that create movement. Because each vessel is constructed without a base foundation, this technique requires a delicate balance of space and weight in the layers of shards in order to successfully withstand the firing process while forming to its intended shape.

For all of my works, forecasting how the glass will pull, expand, and meld during the heating and cooling cycles is essential from the start. It's like working backwards. Ultimately, my process is a creative fusion of both prediction and precision. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don't, but the risk of failure never outweighs my love for the challenge.

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Art Quilts Emerge
Professional Art Quilters Alliance - South

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Statement of Theme

Since early 2020 much of life has been tamped down - shrouded by pandemic and blown off course by shifting economics. Now, as we are adapting to the changes, it is time to emerge, to move away from the restrictions we have endured, and to realize what has become paramount in our lives. As we emerge…..what becomes important? What can be left behind? What does the future look like?


Series of Fortunate Events: Movement
Various Artists 

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Magic Mountain
Gillian Fink

Colorful Strokes
Jay Phaler

Myrtle Beach
Laura Newton

Tracks to Paradise
Mitzie Jokich

Morphology (Waterfall)
Robyn Scott

About the Exhibition

Arts Access presents the Series of Fortunate Events (SOFE) annually, to highlight the diversity and creativity that exists within disability communities. Arts Access uses SOFE as a platform to promote the work of artists and performers with disabilities.

This exhibition at Sertoma Arts Center titled Movement features works of art created by artists with disabilities.

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