Abstracted images of brick building surrounded by clouds

View Art Unblocked Exhibition Before It Ends May 14

View Online and at the Block Gallery

Image above: Rapid Eye Movement, Robyn Scott, 2020, pen and ink, 18.5” x 22.5” (framed), $300

Arts Access, in partnership with the City of Raleigh's Block Gallery, is hosting Art Unblocked 2021, an exhibition that features works of art created by emerging and established artists with disabilities. The exhibition will end on May 14, 2021

Art Unblocked 2021 is a part of the Arts Access 2021 Series of Fortunate Events (SOFE), which highlights the diversity and creativity that exists within the disability community. Arts Access uses SOFE as a platform to promote the work of artists and performers with disabilities. 

How to See the Exhibition

  1. View the online gallery.
  2. Visit the Block Gallery Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. through May 14. Visitors must undergo a quick health screening at the front desk upon arrival and practice the Three Ws.

Purchasing Artwork

This is a 0% commission show. All proceeds from sales will go directly to the artist. Please contact megan@artsaccessinc.org, call 919-833-9919 x 2, or fill out this form with purchase inquiries and you will be connected with the artist.

May Featured Artists

Each month of the exhibition Raleigh Arts will feature works from six of the 18 artists. View May's featured artist below:

Murphy McCully

The Yellowjacket
copper-plate print on Western paper
16.25” ×16.25” (framed and matted)

In this line drawing we see a flying insect seemingly hovering in the air of the upper-left of the artwork, pointed directly up, with its triangular head on top, joined by a very thin connection to its roundish thorax (smaller than its head) and then similarly joined to a longer narrow abdomen. There appears to be a sharp stinger at the bottom end.

Out of the thorax protrude long diaphanous wings left and right; both are detailed and express some tearing damage, especially the one on the left, which is shorter. There are a set of legs to the left, some straight and some, nearer the head, bent at multiple joints.

Under the insect, taking up the bottom-third and much of the middle right are a set of messy curved lines. Some are small curlicues. One coalesces to form a tight wad. There are some shorter horizontal lines. Some just under and to the right of the arthropod suggest floating small leaves. The overall impression is of wind-aided movement.

All the lines are a light blackish color. The background is a slightly yellow, very light gray-brown. There’s a dark blackish area at the very top that seems to drip down about 20% of the way to eventually blend in with the dominant background. There are a few short sharper dark lines extending down in the right of that top area.

Written by Thom Haynes, Arts Access Audio Describer 

The Grasshopper
copper-plate print on Western paper
16.25” ×16.25” (framed and matted)

This image captures a grasshopper in motion, a copper-plate print in black on white Western paper, matted in green with a black metal frame.

The Picnic 
copper-plate print on Western paper
16.25” ×16.25” (framed and matted)

Imagine three flies dancing on a  square of a picnic blanket. The image uses realistic impressionism to depict three flies in black, embossed from copper plates using a sugar-lift process, on white Western paper, matted in red with a black metal frame.

Rachard McIntrye

This Old Barn
26.5” x 32.5” (framed and matted)
$3,000 (prints available)

Rachard McIntyre created This Old Barn in 2017.  It is done in ink and is slightly over 32 inches wide and 26 inches tall. The ink drawing is a detailed image of what appears to be an old wooden barn with various artifacts from the past preserved on and around it.  The structure itself looks like a fragile relic from years gone by:  A small building with a high roof and two sloping structures on either side, extending out of our view.  A narrow front porch is held up by four posts.  The roof needs repair, as some boards are damaged or misaligned.

Dominant in our view is an old Texaco gas station sign hung from a pole high on the left side of the porch.  The Texaco logo consists of the letter T inside a five-pointed star inside a circle with the word TEXACO underneath.  To the right of the sign, tacked onto the edge of the building’s roof, is sign with the logo “Service is Our Business.”  Below that sign are two other signs on either side of a small American flag.  One sign advertises Kendall Motor Oil, while the larger second one says, “Welcome to Camel Country.” Various other items are scattered around the yard, including a bell high atop a post covered with a vine; a small round table; some chairs and stools; a large plant pot; and various signs on the building too small to read.  Cut wood is stacked to the left of the porch.  Trees surround the rear of the building.

Written by Fred Brack, Arts Access Audio Describer

The Azalea
21” x 27” (framed and matted)

The large Formosa pink petals are in full bloom and take up the entire space of paper. All five petals are outlined in dark pink with a vein going down the middle, speckled with fuchsia spots near the heart of the flower where long narrow tubes spring upward to a pistol tip. The azalea is nestled in a lush bundle of fine-textured evergreen leaves.  The surrounding foliage is colored in subtle hues of brown and soft pink fading into the background and fill the spaces around the edges of the paper. 

USS North Carolina
pencil, word art
21” x 27” (framed and matted)

This drawing is of the grey USS North Carolina war ship, with six 16-inch guns on the bow pointing west and upward. There are also 10 16-inch guns on the stern pointing east.  The vessel is floating in the blue mildly rippling currents of the Cape Fear river.  Golden marsh grasses standing straight up in the background and to the left of the USS North Carolina where two brown trees, that have no bark or leaves, are perched. In the horizon, the background blends into a Carolina Blue sky filled with soft white clouds.

Ken Morgan

CGI (dye fused aluminum, “monoprint”); 1/1 single image
30” x 30”


Ken Morgan’s Rollercoaster dye-fused aluminum monoprint measures 30 inches by 30 inches and was created in 2016.  A “monoprint” is a single impression of an image made from a block of material.  Our first impression is swirling bands of color, dominantly orange, yellow, red, and light blue.  The colors swirl from the right to the left toward the center of the print. The swirling colors are so strong that at first that’s all we notice.  Closer examination of the image reveals interesting details.

Those first-impression swirls all start and end on the left and right sides. There are about a dozen bands of multi-colored lines, with each band swirling separately, but in close synchronization with the ones on either side.  The degree of curvature over the course of the swirl varies with the bands at the top and bottom bending very little, while the ones in the middle swirl sharply. 

Going left to right, the direction of the swirl is downward at first, then moving upward until settling down again to relatively the same height on the right-hand side.  No bands of color overlap.  The bands near the center curve sharply upward and fold back on themselves, heading left again before another sharp bend returns them on their path to the right side.  The further away from the center we get, the less curvature there is as the bands smooth out.

Colorful horizontal bands of colored lines weave in and out of the pattern of horizontal bands and never cross over on top of a major band. One of the vertical bands near the right side is solid red and wider than all the others, so it stands out and captures the viewers’ attention.

Behind all these bright bands of colors on the top left and lower right of the print appear to be fragments of office window frames just behind the bands. The shape of the window frames is cleverly distorted along with the bands of swirling color.

Written by Fred Brack, Arts Access Audio Describer

Erin Reams

Glistening Owl
paint on canvas
12” x 9”

We see an owl comprising the lower 75% of the canvas. The artist employs thick bold lines of color. Our eyes are first drawn to the owl’s eyes, located slightly above the center. Each has a bright off-white pupil/sclera surrounded by concentric shades of first brown then black. Above the eyes are thick eyebrows or hair tufts, curvaceous and extending to endings pointed up on both sides. They are tricolors, with layers going top to bottom of red, white and blue. 

Under the eyes is an upside-down white triangle perhaps representing a beak, if not a nose. Under it are first lines of brown, then four quadrilaterals of, left to right, pink, dark blue, light blue and yellow. The owl’s body continues under that, we see irregular areas of orangish-brown, dark purple, dark green, off-white, pink and brown.

Prominent on either side are two thick leaf-shaped wings. Almost like a technicolor dream coat they sport: On the left, going left to right, starkly contrasting curvilinear thick lines of light brown, dark brown, pink, dark green, off-white, brown, blue, and brown. On the right, going top to bottom, navy blue, a whorl of dark green surrounding a whorls of brown and dark purple, Then, more left, a triangular area of pink over a line of purple and dark purple. Finally orange, yellow and brown at the bottom. There’s a white line snaking from top right to middle left, reminiscent of a musical treble clef. All the white lines have multicolored glitter sprinkled on top, making the work glisten.

The background of the artwork, surrounding the owl, is a colorful blend of the colors previously mentioned. There are about 35 thick dots of color, alternating red green and blue, along all four borders except the bottom one. The artist’s initials are in black at lower right.

Written by Thom Haynes, Arts Access Audio Describer 

Cherry Blossoms
18” x 14” (framed)

$35 SOLD

A big shaped black tree with pink flower buds. 

Starry Night Swim
mixed media on canvas
16” x 20”

A giant dolphin with pastel colored skin tones jumping out of the still but glistening water next to the night sky filled with stars.

Robyn Scott

Rapid Eye Movement
pen and ink
18.5” x 22.5” (framed)

Rapid Eye Movement is a dream like pen and ink piece that borrows from Life drawing and surrealism. It measures 11 inches high by 14 in wide. The small strokes of peach, orange, sky blue, sage, Forest green, chocolate brown, and navy are reminiscent of the limited but vibrant palette of the Sunday comics. Horizontal swipes of color are next to each other but not blended. 

Most of the image is of a two-towered wall of orange brick. In the center, between the two towers, is an open archway. On either side of this passage are French windows. Above the archway is a round four paned window. Blocks of green and blue squares above the wall suggest distant hills and the starry night sky complete with melon yellow moon in the upper right of the artwork. A green and white scaly path snakes from the bottom left of the image through the gateway to the horizon beyond. Three orange and ochre undulating pillars are situated along the path just inside the arch. An orange foreground is broken up by cracks of white. 

But is a simple wall and landscape what we are really seeing? Voluptuous blue-lined clouds drift surrealistically across the front of the wall and windows, around corners and into the archway opening. In the upper left corner a green line slashes from the background hills to the front of the wall. Orange and mustard sunset colors through the passage contradict the blue and green hills and trees above the wall.

Written by Jan Tu, Arts Access Audio Describer 

Lab Rat’s Daydream
pen and ink
22” x 26” (framed)

On the left side of the image, there are 2 lab rats in a cage. The cage turns into streams of different colors including red, blue, yellow, orange, and green. There are 5 lab rats within the streams of color in the middle and the right side of the image. Throughout the image, there are flowers and leaves in each of the same colors as the streams.

pen and ink
18.5” x 22.5” (framed

The image has 3 trees on the left side that are abstracted. The trees are green, blue and yellow. On the right side of the image, 3 trees turn into a wave that leads to the middle of the image. These trees, and the wave, are blue, orange and yellow. The image has some white spaces that are abstracted, some of the white spaces resemble birds.

Adam Szott

Bach in D Minor
acrylic paint on canvas
14” x 11”

“Bach in D Minor” is a canvas acrylic painting of 3 brightly colored lilies of various sizes.  The painting reminds Andrew of springtime and dandelions.  He says that it makes him feel happy.



Megan Bostic
Programs Manager, Arts Access
919-833-9919 ext. 2

Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Raleigh Arts

Block Gallery