Green is where the Heart Is for March 4th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:00

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity".
~Dorothy Parker

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

I spent Saturday with David Allen Norris as he hung his show in our gallery and shared a little about himself.  ‘A Copious Plenty: Sketching and Drawing the Lower Cape Fear,’ features both matted and matted and framed pieces of work.  He told me, “Curiosity motivates me quite a bit. Certainly in writing about history, it keeps me busy! In my art, sometimes it's a matter of seeing what happens when trying new techniques or materials. Sometimes, it's wondering how a place will look drawn or painted on paper. Best of all is when I am working on a new piece and am excited about seeing how it's going to turn out.”
Born in Charlotte with long NC roots, Norris attended art school at ECU 1975-1980, graduating with a BFA in Art, majoring in printmaking and minoring in art history.  As a child he developed a love for drawing airplanes and by the 6th grade his teacher thought he was so talented she  picked him to a draw the Mayflower for his class, an honor he still remembers with pride. 
Upon graduation he became a freelance writer integrating his left and right brain hemispheres with wordsmithing and drawing.  To this day he continues to make his living writing for magazines and encyclopedias.  He enjoys the research learning about subjects such as life during Roman Times or “How Coffee Played a Role in Civil War”, CNN.com, Mon October 29, 2007.  http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/wayoflife/10/29/mf.coffee.confederacy/index.html  (Reprint of “Fourscore and Seven Lattes Ago” (Civil War Coffee), Mental Floss, March 2006) but when he sketches, using the other side of his brain, he says it is refreshing to get away from the books. 
Norris chose Wilmington 15 years ago because he saw it as the perfect environment with lots of subject matter integrating history and nature.  It was the perfect opportunity for his artistic expression whether it be literature, writing or sketching. He has found the people in Wilmington sympathetic to art giving opportunity for artistic experience.  That, coupled with the small town friendliness and cosmopolitan nature of the residents here, feels familiar and at same time new and exciting.
 Norris dedicates himself to make a mark on a picture everyday.  He has participated in local events such as Art for the Masses, ‘State of Art' at the Cameron and Art Walk where he combines water color, colored pencil and pencil in works, along with collage and mixed media.  His perception of his work enriches his life and others. 
A newspaper lying in his studio may have been saved for an old article or simply to catch paint spatters.  It is no Churchillian drift that, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”  This talented man gives copiously.  Please join us at Artful Living Group on Thursday,  March 5th, 6:30-8:30. Lazy Pirate will be providing the appetizers and Dave and his wife will be sharing some delicious dessert.  Of course, Greg the bartender will be serving adult beverages for those over the age of 21.
Norris has joined ALG because he feels “it is a gallery that  has a nice vibe and is friendly and relaxed.”  Come meet Dave Norris.  His life of curiosity is contagious.  xo mo

Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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