THE BB GALLERY WELCOMES YOU
A curatorial project by Renee Cloud hosted by the Goodyear Arts Program, The Bb Gallery is a micro gallery focused on presenting the Charlotte area with stimulating and engaging exhibitions . At only 120 square feet, Bb Gallery is a hidden gem that allows visitors to have an intimate experience with the work shown. Artists and exhibition schedule will be announced soon.
Who’s on Display
Ben Osborne was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1994. Actively interested in art from a young age, he sought the path to become an artist. He attended Appalachian State University starting in 2012, and graduated spring of 2016. Osborne currently resides in Concord, North Carolina. In 2010 and 2012, Osborne received a gold medal at the national level in the Scholastics Art and Writing awards. Also in 2012, Representative Larry Kissell chose one of Osborne’s drawings to be displayed in the Capitol building in Washington D.C. That same year, Osborne received the Jaroslav & Jarmelia Kabatnik Memorial Scholarship. He has exhibited most recently at the Looking Glass Gallery in Boone, NC. His work consists mainly of drawings and paintings centered on a queer perspective of the human experience. Expressive representations of the figure reveal conflict, which address issues of identity, gender, and sexuality.
Photo: Terrie Doughnuts
Showcase: March 18-24, 2017
John Duper Morse grew up outside of Asheville, North Carolina in a nice little valley full of cattle, crows, and turkeys. There was a peacock breeder nearby and at night he loved listening to them cry out though he never could figure out what they wanted. He also loved playing on his best friend’s trampoline and pretending to travel across the galaxy fighting monsters, nefarious evil-doers, and insensitive fiends. John started his career as an artist drawing mostly swords and boats, pirates since they had both, monsters, robots, spaceships, goblins, and eventually he decided to start drawing from observation. John always wanted to draw the perfect dragon but he still hasn’t quite gotten it down. John’s interests have always combined drawing with the stories he loves to read and watch and the imagination he loves let run wild. John received his BFA from Appalachian State University, where he discovered his love for printmaking as well as the importance of play and imagination in pushing his art forward and working past creative blocks. John currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.
Showcase: March 31-April 8, 2017
Currently a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft, Elliot Keeley is a recent graduate of the Metalsmithing Program at Appalachian State University. Working primarily in jewelry and sculpture, he enjoys experimentation and play as tools as much as any other. Having most recently completed an internship at Elsewhere in Greensboro, he is interested in the limitless possibilities that collaboration has to offer.
Showcase: April 14-22, 2017
Morgan Benshoff is a native of Greensboro, NC. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Benshoff makes abstract paintings inspired by pretend landscapes, intuitive marks, the alchemy of paint and water, and humor. She currently lives and works in Greensboro.
Showcase: April 28- May 6, 2017
ALJOURNAL FRANKLIN II
Aljournal Franklin II, is a freelance illustrator and abstract artist who graduated from the Savannah College of art and Design (SCAD) with a BFA in Illustration with a minor in painting. With abstract works focusing on fleeting emotions and the ethereal, he draws inspiration from the world around him and small moments that may normally be overlooked. His work is both impressionistic and expressive; with an eye for color and a varied approach to mark making each piece seems to tell a story, no matter how abstract or fleeting.
Mon-Thurs: by appointment only