CARY — Turn right down the main hallway of the Cary Senior Center to find familiar scenes from western Wake County and Raleigh.
Theres Ashworth Drugs in Cary, children celebrating the Fourth of July in downtown Apex and the State Fairgrounds, illuminated by neon lights at night.
The center is one of several venues featuring local artists during Carys Final Friday Art Loop, an event hosted at local venues on the last Friday of each month.
Other venues include the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, the Cary Arts Center, the Bond Park Community Center and more.
The images clinging to the walls of the Cary Senior Center were created by Laura Simmons, a photographer who often uses Photoshop to enhance her art.
Simmons, 47, lives in Holly Springs. She began dabbling in photography several years ago when she lived in Carys Lochmere subdivision.
She got a lot of positive feedback from entering a few of her landscape photos in local contests.
I found that people really liked things that are close to home, Simmons said. I try to make them feel nostalgic.
Though shes a Massachusetts native, Simmons said shes drawn to the North Carolina landscape. That sentiment is reflected in her pictures of old barn houses, historic homes and tree lines.
You get both ends of the spectrum (urban and rural areas) in a small geographic area, she said. I like everything about living here.
The Cary Arts Center will feature more artwork with local zeal.
Mark Gordon, 61, lives in Wilson, and his two installation pieces are new and special to the center.
One of the installations is a 25-foot-long chain necklace with suspended clay shapes that are wood-fired with fly-ash deposit glaze.
They look very rustic, old, natural and are suspended from large springs from a trampoline, Gordon said.
For the other installation, Gordon is smashing old clay objects and putting them in a mesh drum.
Gordons exhibit will also feature traditional wheel-thrown clay vessels and sculptures.
I just want people to respond, he said.
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