February 20, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) –CHAPEL HILL — Somerhill Gallery announces an exciting exhibition featuring abstract paintings by Jason Craighead and mountain landscapes by Nick Wade. This two-person exhibition will be on display February 18 – March 23, with a public reception Sunday, February 18, 2-5pm.

The large-scale abstract works on canvas by Jason Craighead are composed of multi-layered activity. Both subtlety and strength are brought to bear in his paintings, as he wields the abstract brush with skill and passion.

Artist Jason Craighead resides in downtown Raleigh, NC. He studied painting while attending Gulf Coast Community College and Florida State University. As a regional artist, Jason has developed a strong patron base that includes US Senator John & Elizabeth Edwards along with a host of regional and national corporations as well as private collectors from Los Angeles to Raleigh.

Somerhill Gallery Director Joe Rowand comments “Looking at artwork is my full-time job and my full-time pleasure. With a lifetime of visual curiosity and thirty-five years as an art professional I am struck by painter Jason Craighead’s way of simplifying or magnifying a thought or an experience into a comprehensible, imaginable form. With line, emerging forms and juicy painterly passages on canvas, Jason does what a gifted artist is supposed to make us do. And that is to stop us to better ponder what we might not otherwise. In lots of years of artist-watching, I see Jason as that brand of gifted painter, who in a young and concentrated career, is maturing unto the artist Somerhill is proud to represent today.”

Nick Wade received his BFA in Studio Art at the University of North Carolina, Asheville in 1993, followed by an MA in Studio Art in 1996 from the Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

Wade’s paintings are careful studies of natural beauty without embellishment. His innovation, advanced technique, and excellent eye for color allow his reverence for nature to expand far beyond the edges of his paintings.

“Working with his own secret recipe of modern resin painting, Nick Wade’s landscapes combine a naturalistic as well as a luminous expression of the mountains of North Carolina. Including Wade’s interpretive realism into our already impressive stable of landscape painters, we have touched upon a painter whose work is evocative of the old masters.” comments Joe Rowand.

*For further information or images contact Tim Mainiero at somerhill@mindspring.com or 919-968-8868