Saturday, September 22, 2007
This is a news article about the current group exhibition at Davidson County Community College. The article is featured in The Dispatch on Thursday, August 23, 2007. The actual newspaper features three of my paintings at the top of the article but it didn't make it in the on-line edition.
'Moments in Time'
Exhibition showcases fine art at DCCC
By Deneesha Edwards, The Dispatch
Nearly 70 pieces of artwork from artists who represent a wide range of styles and mediums are being featured in Davidson County Community College's fall art exhibit, "Moments in Time," on two floors of the Mendenhall Building.
The exhibit opened Tuesday with a reception.
"They all duplicate the same feeling, a moment in time," said Barbara Cullen, the exhibit coordinator and an artist. "They capture that bit of time."
The eight artists from four different states have works in watercolors, oils, acrylic and photography, just to name a few. They had to submit their work to a committee to be selected for the show.
The exhibit features one person from Lexington, Laura Yarbrough, who is also the associate dean of finance and administration in the business department at DCCC. She displays a sense of vitality in life by representing colors and forms with photos.
This was the first show for Yarbrough, who has been taking pictures on and off for 10 years. She was encouraged to enter the show after coworkers viewed some of her work hanging in her office.
"It's exciting," she said. "It's a little overwhelming but in a good way."
Yarbrough, who said she has no formal training, had 10 photographs in the show. A majority of the pictures she took while traveling.
"For me each picture represents where I am in my life at that particular time," she said. "I love taking pictures. I just love documenting my trips and what I (have) done."
She has plans to enter more shows and take some classes after seeing how people received her photographs.
Other North Carolina artists included in the show are Cullen, Steve LeGrand, Leslie Pearson and Ed Harris. Cullen of Winston-Salem does watercolors, mixed media and collages. She adds a creative twist to cityscape and combines color and shape with mixed media to represent the changing views of a city and its excitement, according to a DCCC press release and her artist's statement in the exhibit. The styles of other artists described below also come from those two sources.
LeGrand of Jamestown is a sculptor who creates the beauty and movement of dance with his ballerina figures of Snow Queen and Hannah. The actual model for Hannah is Hannah Kiefer, the 2007 winner of Virginia's Miss USA pageant. LeGrand has been known to have a fine eye for detail and gives his work a depth of feeling by striving to capture the inner person with his sculptural figures while hoping to convey emotional messages.
Pearson, of Fayetteville has oil, acrylic and mixed media that involves personal reflection. Her ideas and emotions are represented by words, patterns and textures.
Ed Harris of Elizabeth is a traditional watercolor painter who captures the beauty of flowers and still life.
Other artists include Carl Gombert of Maryville, Tenn., who puts his own spin on portraiture by looking for feelings behind the face and creating large words with small ink stampings that create a depth and form of their own. He also does oil, ink, mixed media and collages.
Oil painter Carolyn Landers of Naples, Fla., also is a traditional watercolor painter who captures the beauty of flowers and still life with colorful works.
Callie Mott Matthews of North Little Rock, Ark., works from the belief that artistic awareness comes from an open mind. Her oil, print, pen and pencil works create a visual field and depicts a moment in time.
"This is a really good turnout," said Cullen about the reception. "This is definitely a learning experience for everyone young and old that can always learn fun techniques that are being used."
The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 14 and may be viewed by the public during the college's regular operating hours. A majority of the work on display is for sale.
Deneesha Edwards can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 213, or at email@example.com.