We are excited to have Fran Speight’s art displayed August 10th- September 4th here at Hampton House Gallery! We will be having an opening reception on the evening of Friday, August 14th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Fran Speight’s pastels depict familiar scenes of rural landscapes and nature which invoke the special beauty of the everyday views around us. Fran has been involved with visual arts since she began experimenting with oils in the 1960’s. Her work has evolved through several mediums through the years, including watercolor and pen and ink. Pastoral line drawings were her focus in the 1980’s when she won the Landmark Series from the Stokes County Arts Council. She even delved into the large-scale, creating the sets for the Stokes County Theater. Recently, she has turned her focus to pastels and her work has risen to a new level. Fran says “this is the most difficult and rewarding medium I’ve used…the pastels give me a richness of color and control of light I’ve not experienced before.”

“Fran’s own creations were a part-time endeavor before she retired in 2006. During her professional career she spent 30 years as an art framer working for several high-end galleries in the Piedmont Triad area. Fran has literally framed thousands of works of arts for private residences as well as corporations, hospitals, and small businesses. Retirement from the gallery business has given Fran time to focus on her work and study with masters such as Christine Sagart, Frank Roland, Jack Perdue, and Debra Parris. Fran divides her time between her Stokes County home and Emerald Isle, where she is inspired by the endless array of landscapes which are forever changing with the seasons.”

You’ll definitely want to stop by and have a look at some of these beautiful paintings. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hampton House Art & Framing