January 19-March 12, 2016
Found objects meet fine art.
Pinky/MM Bass, who returned to school to get an MFA in photography at the age of 52, lives in her family’s old home in Fairhope, AL. As a photographer her goal was to explore the threads of the mystery of life: incarnation, regeneration, aging, death. In recent years her work has included music and fiber work, sometimes eliminating the photograph entirely.
Doug Baulos teaches drawing and bookmaking at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He seeks to personify intangible experiences and feelings and make them tangible for an audience. Retired objects (most recently dictionaries) are redeployed as agents of memory that can evoke and reflect on the history of private lives – worn and battered, certain found objects evoke sympathy and empathy.
Marygrace Bianco of Concord creates sculptures that represent energy and regeneration and demonstrate a fresh look at objects. Her art is a combination of left and right brain, reconnecting the past and present, finding passion and purpose in various materials. It's about looking at all things for special meaning, appreciating life and celebrating nature.
Carolyn DeMeritt of Charlotte is a self-taught photographer and videographer who has worked at her craft for more than 30 years. She is driven to create, but often doesn’t know why until the work is finished, if then. There is a common thread in her work: there is a personal interaction with her subjects and, be they people, places or things, they reflect both the dramatic and subtle changes of life.
Edelweiss De Guzman of Charlotte moved to the United States from the Philippines at 18. Not only has she been designing strange and wonderful fashions for three years, but the 2013 UNC Charlotte BFA graduate is well trained in traditional art mediums. She finds inspiration in many things, from stylistic comic book art to the techniques of the past such as Expressionist, Avant-Garde and Art Deco.
Bryant Holsenbeck of Durham is an environmental artist who documents the stuff Americans use once and throw away. She collects many things, including bottle caps, credit cards, plastic lids and straws, plastic bags, beach plastic and chop sticks. She then transforms the objects into art that surprises us, including books, birds and other animals.
Flavia Lovatelli of Mooresville was born in Peru and grew up in Italy. Her passion is collecting the throwaways – the scraps, the forgotten, the broken pieces - and transforming them into unique works of art using tools, color, imagination and a dash of whimsy. Her favorite medium is paper. She is a founder of the Art Ecologie Group which organizes Charlotte's “ecoFAB Trash Couture Show."
Olena Nebuchadnezzar of Fort William, VA, discovered American quilt art when she came to the United States from her native Ukraine. She spends many hours outdoors, painting and studying the structure of trees and flowers, colors in the sky and water, before beginning. The resulting ‘fabric paintings’ are rich in color and texture and meticulously detailed.
Chuck Waldroup of High Point operates Waldroup Woodworks with his father, Joe. He produces a wide variety of turned-wood items made on a lathe and carved. His work includes ornaments, bottle stoppers, bowls, vases, natural edge items, hollow vessels, sculptural pieces and novelty items such as wood cowboy hats. His raw material is primarily selectively salvaged North Carolina hardwoods.
Joe Waldroup of Hayesville operates Waldroup Woodworks with his son, Chuck. He has lived most of his life in the center of his raw materials in the Appalachian Mountains. He bought his first lathe when he was 20, but it was sitting idle when his son encouraged him to get back into woodturning. He turned his first natural edge bowl in 2009 and has been hooked ever since.
Naomi White of Los Angeles is an artist and educator with a background in film and art history. She explores themes of identity construction in our camera-bound world, focusing on how photography affects materials, memory, and culture. Her "Plastic Currents" series presents every day, non-biodegradable plastic bags transformed by light into seemingly organic forms, imitating the nature they threaten.
Aggie Zed of Gordonsville, VA, grew up in a big family with a menagerie of animals on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. Her sculptures range from intimately scaled ceramic figures of people and human-animal hybrids to copper wire and ceramic horses to ceramic and mixed-metals contrivances she calls "scrap floats.” These pieces are intended as entries in a parade of the future. She also paints and draws.
The Listening Room
Thursday, Feb. 11
The Arts Council's version of an open mic night.
Saturday, Feb. 13
10 am - 2 pm
Davis Theatre & The Galleries
Free creative activities for pre-school through elementary school children.
Performance: Mountain Heart
Friday, Feb. 19
Show by band that revolutionized the way acoustic music is played.
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