Welcome! Here you can find information about Drinking Gourd Gallery's Current, Past, and Upcoming exhibitions. You can enjoy all of our exhibitions online. If an exhibition is still available for in-person viewing, we will note the location details in the description. Many of our exhibited works are for sale, so if you see something you like, please jot down the title and search our web site for details. 

Corliss R. Owen: Plain Folk  Aug 29, 2022 - 15 October 15, 2022 (Extended through November 12, 2022)

Pictured Artwork: Auntea by Corliss R. Owen 

Folk artist Corliss R. Owen is a visual storyteller. She creates compelling art that is steeped in tradition and conveys a sense of community. Her vivid, vibrantly colored paintings are reminiscent of heirloom quilts and beautifully capture the joys of everyday life. There is balance and harmony in Corliss’ work. A lyricism that brings to mind melodious jazz, foot stompin’ blues, old-time gospel and favorite ballads. Corliss R. Owen: Plain Folk is a solo exhibition that presents more than 20 of the artist’s paintings that work to broaden historical and cultural understandings.

HER  March 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022

Pictured Artwork (top row, left to right): Queen of Her Hive by Kirsten Moore; She Is by Mayanthi Jayawardena; Schoolgirls by Jade and (bottom row) Girlfriends by Corliss R. Owen 

In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, Drinking Gourd Gallery presents the exhibition, HER on view from March 1 through March 31, 2022. This group exhibition places women and girls at the forefront, as subject matter and as artists. HER features the work of Corliss R. Owen, Brenda Harris, Carol Torian, Mayanthi Jayawardena, Shelvy Ramsey Torian, Kirsten Moore, and Jade. Collectively, these artists represent different generations and ethnic backgrounds, some are students, some are immigrants, some are parents, and all are balancing the joys and challenges of being an artist. Their artwork showcases a diversity of styles, themes, and techniques and provides for an exploration of powerful images of women and girls that are alternately witty, funny, resolute, and introspective.


Brenda Harris: Something Old, Something New June 25, 2022  - August 6, 2022

Pictured Artwork: Red Bird in a Tree by Brenda Harris

Brenda Harris: Something Old, Something New embraces experimentation and reuse. In celebration of summer, Harris presents works that reflect her love of nature. From compositions of flowers in bloom to a red bird in a tree to a whimsical llama and a barn, she shows us the beauty of the natural world. The layers, textures, colors, structure and rhythm found in Harris' work reminds us of our relationship and responsibility to the Earth. The installation features paintings created on reused papers and Masonite board and incorporates materials such as plaster.


JADE: Earth Song April 23, 2022 - May 31, 2022

Pictured Artwork: Orange Sunset by Jade

Drinking Gourd Gallery respectfully acknowledges that our artist collective is on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Skaruhreh/Tuscarora and Occaneechi and Sappony peoples. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present and future, and we are grateful that Indigenous communities remain at the forefront of movements to protect the Earth.

JADE: Earth Song is a solo exhibition by North Carolina-based teen artist. For this new body of work, Jade expands our understanding of light, space and time while highlighting our decreasing landscape. Her subjects of trees, lakes, and birds remind us that uninterrupted harmony and balance is possible.


Darryl Matthews: Black Diamond  June 19, 2021 - September 25, 2021

Pictured Artwork: Cool Papa Bell by Darryl Matthews

Darryl Matthews: Black Diamond is a solo exhibition featuring works by artist Darryl Matthews who is the son of late Negro Leagues player Francis Oliver Matthews. The exhibition provides an intimate view of the Negro Leagues history through a collection of works featuring players such as Oscar Charleston, Satchel Paige, James Thomas “Cool Papa” Bell, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, Francis Oliver Matthews, Jackie Robinson, and female players Toni Stone, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, and Connie Morgan. The memorabilia in the exhibition focuses primarily on Francis Oliver Matthews and captures the Negro Leagues as they were—through the games, players, and places. In December 2020, Major League Baseball (MLB) recognized the Negro Leagues as Major Leaguers. All 3,400 players from 1920 to 1948 were elevated to MLB status—100 years after the start of the Negro Leagues. The pronouncement is significant for a group of legends who broke new ground and paved the way for future generations. The Darryl Matthews: Black Diamond exhibition celebrates these legends and all that they accomplished and symbolized.  

*In 2022, Darryl Matthews was commissioned by the Buck Leonard Association to create seven original color paintings of baseball players Martín Dihigo, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Buck O’Neil, Tony Perez, Joe Staton and Ben Taylor. These paintings are now on permanent display in the Buck Leonard First Baseman's Hall of Fame located at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 


Collective Voices  December 1, 2020 - January 30, 2021

Pictured Artwork (top to bottom): Mama, I Went to a Rally Today, But They Called it a Riot by Carol Torian; Godfather of Soul by Darryl Matthews and Aloha by Shelvy Ramsey

Collective Voices, is a gathering of works by five contemporary African-American artists. The works represent a variety of styles and thematic interests, with each piece telling a story from the artist's unique perspective. The exhibit features acrylics, watercolor, digital and limited edition prints from Darryl Matthews, Corliss R. Owen, Shelvy Ramsey, Carol Torian, and youth artist Jade.