On Thursday, April 11, artist Pat Viles was host to Hickory Museum of Art’s Coffee in the Coe group in her gorgeous home and art studio. A decades-long resident of North Carolina, Pat’s resume includes exhibitions around the globe. The permanent collection at Hickory Museum of Art is fortunate enough to contain three painted silk works by the artist. Her silk works give an appearance close to that of stained glass, evident in the stained glass version of one of her pieces in her entryway. The group was given a tour of Pat’s staggering collection of artworks by her peers.
During the tour, the group explored the works of artists that Viles encountered in a diverse range of settings. James Godwin Scott was an artist that she came to know during his time teaching throughout Europe. She has several of his works in her collection. Pat expressed regret over not acquiring additional pieces by Wayne Trapp that were part of a series that included his work, Queen of Hearts. She described how much this work spoke to her. To date, Viles has not located the other pieces in order to reunite them. An interesting work from artist, Charles Reid, a scene that depicted hunters stalking a bear, was included in the tour. She assured everyone that the bear did get away. Through the tour, the group was exposed to a multitude of artists and works. When Viles spoke of her collection, it was with warmth, like one would speak of dear friends.
Pat has traveled the globe to create her works. She shared her completed works, sketchbooks, and works in progress. Many of the sketches she shared were from Greece and the Mediterranean. Works by her peers were also created all over the world. She discussed working as a translator in France, asking only to be compensated with a work from the artist.
In the studio, Viles shared various works and techniques for watercolors and silk collages. She included a work that used the resist painting method, where a substance is used to prevent the paints from absorbing into all parts of the painting. One of the pieces shared included imagery from the local baseball team, the Hickory Crawdads. In this work, the colors are vivid and the resist used is black instead of a more traditional colorless boundary, resulting in a vibrant work to behold. Many of Pat’s works include local subject matter such as the baseball team or downtown Hickory.
This post is # 33 of the 75 stories to celebrate HMA's 75 years
Post by Kelly Dickinson, an intern at Hickory Museum of Art. She majors in Art Management with a Minor in Nonprofit Management at Appalachian State University and graduates in May 2019.