An opening reception will be held in honor of Carole and Bill Bryant on Friday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Apple Gallery at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury. The exhibit will be on display Aug. 26 through Sept. 22.
Bill and Carole have been married for over 50 years and for much of that time have shared a passionate interest in both art and crafts.
Bill’s earliest interests were in photography and electronics. After attending Guilford College where he majored in math and physics, Bill worked in industry for a number of years. Carole always loved working with color and from an early age designed and sewed her own clothing. She studied oil painting and earned an Associate Arts Degree while taking care of their home and raising two sons.
Bill and Carole then opened and ran a custom antique renovation and furniture refinishing business for a number of years. During that time, Carole returned to school and became a registered nurse and Bill changed focus to earn a degree in electronics and worked in that industry until his retirement. During their careers, they continued to be active in art and crafts.
While working as a nurse, Carole realized that in order to maintain good health, the two of them needed to exercise regularly. With that goal, they began studying social ballroom dance. Dance became a passion that they have shared for over 25 years. After retirement for Bill (and early retirement for Carole) the couple taught Social Ballroom Dance Classes for eleven years, introducing dance to over 250 students.
After retiring, Bill and Carole studied cabinetmaking and set up their own woodworking shop. Retirement also allowed Bill and Carole to reenergize their involvement in photography and fine art. Since 2003, Carole has been active in studying and producing art, primarily oils, watercolors, and pastels. Bill is active in digital photography and frequently enters competitions. Carole photographs her own art references for her studio art as well as painting en plein air. They also mat and frame their own work.
Bill and Carole consider that their greatest accomplishment has been raising two fine sons and interacting with the two of them and their families, two wonderful daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.
The Stokes County Arts Council would like to invite the public to meet the artists at the opening reception on August 28th. The viewing of this exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.stokesarts.org or contact Stokes Arts at (336) 593-8159.