March 23-May 16, 2015
Group echibition of artwork that incorporates words, phrases, symbols, language, and literature.
Andrew Coombs is an adjunct professor of ceramics at the University of South Carolina who creates pottery that is layered with text that serves as both a decorative element and a record of his communication with the object.
Stephanie DeArmond of Minneapolis is a clay artist whose work explores language by taking slang phrases, colloquialisms, and snippets of conversation and abstracting them into sculptural form where meanings are revealed and obscured through typography and letterforms.
Kiki Farish of Raleigh creates drawings that deal with visual/verbal communication systems. Complexity is built with organic images fused together with text to suggest subtle and polite statements of social matters.
Andy Farkas of Asheville works with wood engraving, drypoint and etching techniques to create detailed, evocative images. He considers the true nature of his work to lie in telling stories.
Connie Norman of Wyoming constructs her earthenware clay pieces through a combination of hand-built techniques, including slab building, coiling, and press and slump molding. She then uses old moveable type-face to individually press in each letter on the piece.
Merrill Shatzman is a printmaker and art professor at Duke University who cuts and carves woodblocks, stencils, and paper to make highly meticulous, crafted pieces that meld abstracted and readable letterforms, symbols and motifs.
Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer and figure painter who lives in New York City. He prefers to work from life when possible. His paintings explore the tension between what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.
Barbara Campbell Thomas is an art professor at UNC-Greensboro whose paintings and collages engage the daily challenge of locating ourselves amidst the barrage of imagery and information that is characteristic of 21st century life.
Ali Wieboldt of Blacksburg, VA, is a painter who happens to frame her paintings as jewelry. She creates miniature acrylic paintings of birds, animals and plants on materials such as bone, antler and synthetics, and then creates a sterling silver setting which enhances and tells a story about the subject.
Friday, March 27
6 - 9 pm
Art displays and artists all over downtown Concord and the opening reception for "Semantics" at The Galleries.
Concert and Lawn Party
Thursday, April 16
Party, 5:30-7 pm
Concert, 7:30 pm
Caribbean-style dinner followed by a reggae rock performance by the Sun-Dried Vibes.
Performance: Fuzzbucket Music Company
Thursday, April 23
Contemporary version of an old-fashioned variety show includes music, comedy and poetry.
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