Current Art Exhibit On Display: Shape Language by Maria Frati

Artist Statement:

Maria Frati is a relief printmaker and oil painter. Her work is inspired by her deep connection with the natural world; be that through lived experience, memory and personal mythology. She is interested in the visible and invisible forces constantly at play in these spaces.

Maria’s printmaking process is time intensive, experimental and intuitive.

Her work is alive with color, pattern and texture. Each print uses multiple smaller plates to make the whole, combined with many runs through the press to build color through layering. Every piece is highly unique.


Meet the Artist

Maria Frati is an oil painter and relief printmaker who grew up in the woods of Maine and hails from a family of artists. Maria has exhibited in Seattle, Baltimore, Asheville and Portland, Maine. She also served as an Artist in Residence for the National Parks Foundation. Before relocating to Raleigh, Maria worked as a high school art teacher in New York City.

Interested in making a purchase?

If you are interested in purchasing from the artist, please click this link to view the price list alongside photos of each piece of art. More photos of the collection will soon be added to this webpage.

 Past Artists

The Foundation has had the pleasure of having the works of these fine local artists on display in our gallery in past exhibits. We encourage you to visit their websites, go see their art in person, and learn more about their artwork and journeys. Let them know we sent you!

  • Ji Ahn Kang - Korean artist who focuses her work on the colors and textures found in nature
  • José Manuel Cruz - Puerto Rican/Colombian Latino artist who loves working with color and all mediums
  • King Nobuyoshi Godwin - professional artist who creates special meanings and visuals through his work
  • Eliza Redmann - 3D artist who has used art to heal from a traumatic accident
  • Jermaine "JP" Powell - visual artist whose work focuses on human relationships and materialism
  • Dare (pronounced DahRay) Kumolu-Johnson - photographer using beautiful compositions to create stories
  • Lakeshia Reid - paintings that celebrate the beauty, power, and resilience of Black women
  • Sharron Parker - handmade felt works by Triangle-based artist
  • Annie Nashold - paintings with a focus on local connections through interviews, conversation, and community
  • Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp - photography with a wet plate collodion process used to help engage the community and bring people together
  • Sass Art - painter focused on exploring the complexities of femme identity through up-close portraits
  • Moriah LeFebvre - mixed media focused on the changes in downtown Durham
  • Veronique Moses - photographer, documentary work
  • William Thomas - painter focused on representations of diverse people in his social circle
  • Lisa Creed - painter focused on two distinct types of art: abstract and sky & sea
  • Frank Myers - photographer, has done extensive work with Jazz musicians
  • Bruce Mitchell - painter focused on realism, medium: oil painting

Why does the Foundation have an art gallery?

Because we believe that a strong commitment to the arts is an important part of our vision for the community.

As part of our focus on cultural arts, the Foundation's office space also serves as a rotating art gallery, for two main reasons: to support and foster local artists, and to encourage our community to connect and engage in meaningful conversation inspired by art. The Triangle Community Artists Gallery, housed within our office space at the Frontier in partnership with the Durham Art Guild (DAG), hosts artwork from local artists for periods of six months at a time. All artists in the gallery are chosen by a jury panel of fundholders and donors with an interest in the arts. The art on display, unless marked, is available for purchase. We are proud of this partnership with DAG, our jury of community leaders and arts-minded fundholders, and the artists we have the great pleasure of showcasing each cycle.

During this time, we encourage you to visit our virtual gallery where you can peruse a few pieces of the current exhibit at your leisure, and purchase art if you desire. Wish to view the exhibit in-person? Contact Zach Ward, Scholarships and Program Officer, at

Interested in learning how to turn your office into a curated art gallery?

Learn more about the DAG Art@Work program, and see how they can help you get started today!

Interested in getting your art displayed in our gallery?

Calls for art are for this exhibit are usually published in June. So keep an eye on Durham Art Guild and Triangle Community Foundation’s websites around that time!