Conseil des Arts opens a new exhibition | Characteristics

The Moore County Arts Council and sponsors Lydia and Doug Gill, the Judson Theater Company and Missy and Frank Quis announce the Campbell House Galleries’ November exhibit, “Brush and Chisel: Equine and More”. The exhibition brings together three innovative artists: Martha Dodd, Morgen Kilbourn and Meridith Martens.

A vernissage with the artists is scheduled for Friday, November 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will run until December 18, with weekday hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are mandatory and social distancing is enforced inside Campbell House at all times.

Martha Dodd, a beautiful artist from Southwest Florida, grew up in Ohio as the daughter of a doctor and art teacher. Passionate about horses, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Ohio State. After working in the equestrian industry as a physiotherapist for racehorses and finding the time to draw the horses around her, she turned to art. Dodd’s scientific background makes her tend to be very representative as an artist. She says she loves a challenge and has fun with her art.

“It defined me as a person and I can’t imagine life without it,” she says.

Meridith Martens is equally comfortable with the realism and the abstract and the endless range of expression between them. She was born in Illinois and her Navy family eventually settled in Annapolis, where she combined her love of horses with her artistry, and a talented horse painter emerged. She attended the New School in New York, the Corcoran in Washington, DC, and studied under Volang in Paris. As she grew older her work evolved and portraits and abstracts shared her passion. She now resides in Southern Pines and continues to enrich her portfolio with a mix of animal portraits, expressive abstracts and corporate commissions.

Morgen Kilbourn, a full-time equine portrait sculptor, was born in Connecticut and currently lives in Ether. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t draw, paint or up to her elbows in clay.

“I was very fortunate to have a family that encouraged and taught art in college and private settings,” says Kilbourn. “My grandfather was a repulsed lead sculptor and my father was a commercial sculptor. “

Whether it’s horses or any animal, Kilbourn says she strives to capture an undeniable likeness and infuse that extra spark of character.

“I also like to give the more static poses a dynamic feel,” she says.

Campbell House Galleries are located at 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For more information, call (910) 692-2787 or visit

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