French to exhibit in the Apple Gallery


The Stokes County Arts Council will feature the exhibit of artist Constance French during the months of June/July 2016. French utilizes a variety of mediums with this exhibit of mostly oils or oils with acrylic, with hints of pencil and ink.

Constance states “I draw what I see, which with Multiple Sclerosis causes my sight to fail progressively and has changed my ‘vision’ and methods for painting.” “I have limited use of my hands, so I prefer small brushes and pencils to acquire more detail.” The subject matter revolves around landscapes, animals and people.

French began her passion for drawing through doodling in grammar school. She states, “In the seventh grade, my English teacher was so frustrated by my doodling that he tied my arms down during class, except during tests (when I often finished early, being a speed-reader, and doodled until papers were relinquished).” “ He tried ‘shaming’ me by confiscating and putting my doodles on the bulletin board in the class, which may be designated as my first show, as I was rather proud and began to doodle to accommodate this venue.”

This artistic characteristic of Constance French perhaps came from her mother and father. Her mother was quite talented and showed her how to add perspective and depth to doodles, when Connee was quite young. Her father enjoyed cartooning as a hobby, himself.

Even though limited training was received in high school, there has not been any formal training, Constance has an ongoing passion for her art and her subject matter and continues to perfect her work. Constance has exhibited her work both in Stokes and Forsyth Counties and has also been commissioned to do children and pet portraits.

Over the years, she and her husband have made several moves, but were eventually able to find land available at the foot of the Sauratown Mountain, or Saura Valley, partially on the site of an abandoned Saura village. Her husband is part Saura, and Constance is of Cherokee heritage on her father’s side, so it has been a homecoming of sorts for the both of them.

The public is invited to visit the Stokes County Arts Council Apple Gallery, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to view this amazing exhibit. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of artwork by French will go directly to the Animal Shelter Building Fund of Stokes County, which is another passion of hers. The viewing of this exhibit is free to the public. For additional information, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or stokesarts@co.stokes.nc.us or visit us at www.stokesarts.org.

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