One Hundred Under 500
, the annual holiday exhibition at Raleigh's Lee Hansley Gallery, comprises over 100 original works of art, all under $500 and made specifically for the exhibition (see "Late Afternoon, Mecklenbury Co., Va.," by Sam Shelby, pictured). Among the artists featured are George Bireline, Lope Max Diaz, Pat Scull, Richard Marshall and Nancy Scheuneman of Raleigh; Lilo Kemper and Ruth Pinnell of Durham; and Richard Kinnaird and Carmen Elliott of Chapel Hill. New names in this year's lineup include Sam Shelby of Roanoke Rapids, John Maggio of Greensboro and Maryann Harman of Blacksburg, Va. The exhibition began five years ago when the gallery was in a smaller space on Martin Street. "Back in the 1980s I ran across a show in SoHo in New York called 100 Under $200
and I filed the idea away for future reference," says gallery director Lee Hansley. "When we started the series the price ceiling was $300, but we raised the level to its current $500, and because of that we have a better quality show now." A solo exhibition, The World of Victoria Sexton
, runs concurrently with the holiday show, and features ceramic visual puns by the Pitt County artist. Both shows run through Jan. 19. Call 828-7557 for details.