About the Artists & Artworks
Visit Sertoma Arts Center to view our September/October exhibitions!
On view in our Raleigh Room Gallery are paintings by Edward Baxter. Featured in our Hall Gallery are printmaking artists Sydney McBride and Pete Borsay, and displayed in our lobby are handmade pendant charms by participants in Abound Health's Day Program.
- When: September 1 - October 30
- Location: Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
- Cost: Free and open to public
- 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.
Ed's canvases are drenched with colors. He sees colors everywhere he looks: in nature, our homes, on our clothes, in everything. This passion for color is what brings life to his art.
Raleigh native Edward L. Baxter has produced oil paintings covering a wide array of subject matter such as landscapes, still life, portraits, jazz themes, abstracts, and religious and African works.
In his early development, Ed was inspired by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, John Biggers, and Picasso. These days artists such as Thornton Dial, Purvis Young, and Kehinde Wiley continue to provide a spirit of creation that has enabled Ed to produce paintings for well over 40 years.
Ed's art has been exhibited at numerous venues, including the NC Museum of History, Raleigh NC, Woman's Club of Raleigh, Sertoma Art Center Raleigh, NC, and Shaw University, Raleigh NC. St. Augustine College, Raleigh NC, Glance Art Gallery, Raleigh NC, Triangle Cultural Art Gallery Raleigh NC, Page-Walker Art Center Cary NC, Visual Art Exchange Raleigh NC, Local Color Gallery Raleigh NC, Cameron Art Museum Wilmington NC, Chicago African Art Festival, Cary Ballet Conservatory Cary NC, Herbert C. Young Community Center Cary NC, Burr Gallery SC, Campbell House Galleries, Southern Pines NC, The United Art Council of Raleigh and Wake County, 2013 and 2014 FALC Members Show Cary NC, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum at Historic Palmer Memorial Institute, Sedalia NC, Hayti Heritage Center, Charlotte NC, Womble Carlyle Gallery, Winston-Salem NC, the Ovation T.V. Channels. In addition, his works were juried into The Raleigh Fine Arts Society NC Artists Exhibitions in 2011 at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts-Betty Ray Gallery and in 2019, and 2020 exhibitions at CAM, Raleigh NC. In 2023 his art will be on view permanently in the art gallery at the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia.
Ed's art can be seen in the International Contemporary Artists Vol XI book and the April 2019 Walter Magazine.
Ed is a member of the Fine Art League of Cary, the Visual Art League of Raleigh, and The Clayton Art Center, Clayton NC.
My artwork stems from lived experience and the process by which we find meaning and discover personal identity through our memories. In my work, identity represents how we see ourselves, how others see us, and a tool for finding meaning in the world around us. As we create new memories, old memories shift and offer new meaning of how we understand the world and ourselves. Through this constant addition and retrospection, we create and discover an identity.
Working predominantly in printmaking, the medium echoes the repetitive nature of memory recollection and its changes and shifts over time. Personal and family photographs are often used as references to create the imagery that reflects the memory’s emotional significance and its impact on my own identity.
Making art, specifically printed matter, is incredibly satisfying. I find the process of screen printing fulfilling in a way that other experiences are not. Experimentation and intuition are part of my creative process and keeps each composition feeling new and unexplored. The subject matter of my work varies from semi-representational to abstract and is influenced by past experiences and current observations. I’m always looking for something new to work with; images from my subconscious that need to be printed or exhibited in unique ways. Investing time and effort in these creative activities is my livelihood and primary occupation.
Exhibition Theme: exploring the idea of gestalt - the whole being more than the sum of its parts.
About Abound Health
Abound, formerly A Small Miracle, was created out of necessity more than 20 years ago when founders Janet and Rusty Presson grew tired of searching for quality services for their young son diagnosed with Autism. They decided to create a Company to provide that high quality care they were looking for themselves, and thus Abound was born. Much has changed in the past 20 years, but, most importantly, our mission has not. Abound remains a place that individuals and families with special needs turn to for high impact services and supports delivered in an environment dedicated to empowerment and care.