A trio of widely diverse exhibits opened in late May at the Fine Art Museum on the campus of Western Carolina University, and a June 20 reception will celebrate one that showcases the talents of faculty members leading a summer arts program.
The 2013 Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Faculty Invitational features works in book arts, ceramics, mixed media, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture created by 19 contemporary artists working throughout the United States.
The reception is set for 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20. Preceded at 4:15 p.m. by a tour of current workshops in progress, led by program director Norma Hendrix, the reception will feature a 5:30 p.m. welcome and gallery tour with three artists: Rebecca Crowell (“Abstract Painting with Cold Wax” – Levels III and IV), Jeff Oestreich (“A Closer Look at Function and Detail”) and Lisa Pressman (“Painting with Encaustic: Layers, Richness and Personal Vision”).
The first series of workshops with these artists and Greg Newington (“5 Days as a Photojournalist”) takes place June 16-21 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. They’re followed June 23-28 by Stuart Shils (“The Structure of the Visual Moment”), Jody Alexander (“The Stitcherly Book”), Rebecca Crowell (“Oil & Wax Abstract Painting with Cold Wax Medium” – Levels II and III), and Janice Mason Steeves (“Visual Language and the Art of Critique”).
Workshops continue July 7-12 with Catherine Kehoe (“Painting Loud and Clear – Still-Life”), Randall Stoltzfus (“Expanding the Palette: Enriching Paint with Mixed Media”), Linda Soberman (“Building Imagery: Photo Transfers and Pronto Plate Lithography”) and Nina Bagley (“Book of Treasures”); and July 14-19 with Kerry Vander Meer (“Mixed Media Monotype”), Julie Friedman (“Paper Cuts – Books”), Gay Smith (“Fresh & Lively: Soft Altering on the Wheel and Beyond”) and Charles Basham (“The Landscape: Observation and Conceptualization”).
They conclude July 21-26, featuring Judy Richardson (“Sculpting with Found Materials”), Kenn Kotara (“Mixing the Media, Maximizing the Effect”), Hayne Bayless (“Slabs and Extrusions”) and Martha Madigan (“Solar Photograms”).
Denise Drury, interim director of the museum, recently interviewed Asheville-based Kotara about his transition from two-dimensional photorealistic drawings and paintings to three-dimensional layered, free-hanging sculptures created from screen wire materials. To Drury’s observation that “The screen pieces in fact are a breakdown or excavation of your paintings,” he responded, “Each layer is a moment in time, telling the greater story. The process is about a story; there’s a narrative behind each piece. These pieces constantly move ever so slightly on their own. They have a life of their own; they tell their own story.”
The faculty invitational exhibit featuring two of his works will conclude July 26.
Two other exhibits remain until early September: “Credo: Documentary Photographs of Signs Following Believers” by Rick Cary and the often-whimsical “Concepts of the Book: Conceptual Artists’ Books from the Collection of the Fine Art Museum.”
Cary, professor of art and chair of the Division of Professional Programs at Mars Hill College, researched and photo-documented the culture of the Church of God in Jesus’ Name Only in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. He will be featured in an artist talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Bardo Arts Center, Room 130, followed by a reception at 6 p.m. in the Star Atrium.
Students of the fall 2012 contemporary art class taught by WCU’s Seth McCormick selected the conceptual artists’ books displayed, and their comments often accompany the exhibited works.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, and until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The exhibits are free and open to the public. Learn more about the Fine Art Museum at fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the cost and availability of the workshops, see the Cullowhee Mountain Arts site at cullowheemountainarts.org or email email@example.com.