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photograph by Emily Chaplin

daniel nevins artUpstairs, Daniel Nevins creates wooden panels — his canvases. Downstairs, he paints abstracts that aren’t, quite: His images of tendrils and stamens and stems and knobs and organs and folds of tissue or fabric or viscera may be just that — or something else entirely. They throb and pulse and reach and quiver with intense color, and with, as Nevins cheerfully says, “the terrible beauty of something that makes you sad.” Or, rather, makes you wish it were in your house.

Many of Nevins’s oil paintings on wood, like Number 10 (left), explore the relationship between shapes and colors. See more of Nevins’s work at danielnevins.com.

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Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.