Spring Art Exhibit ‘Inspiring Views’ to Open Jan. 20

Blue Ridge and Beyond

Jan. 7, 2015 – Davidson County Community College will feature the work of nine North Carolina artists during its Spring Art Show, “Inspiring Views.” An opening reception will take place 4-6 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Mendenhall Building on the Davidson Campus.

The exhibit, which will be on display through May 8, includes 70 pieces of sculpture, photography, oils, acrylics, fabric art, watercolor and pastels.

“We are delighted to bring the work of such talented artists to DCCC to inspire our students and our community,” says Barbara Cullen, curator of the exhibit. “All of the works showcased in this exhibit come from inspirational and expressive moments in time that moved the artists to create the visually uplifting works of art.”

The exhibit will include artwork by the following artists:

  • From Hendersonville, fiber artist Karen-Eve Bayne’s works include a giant tree frog, real ginko leaves and cellular structures. Bayne combines fabric with botanical photographs from beneath the microscope to take you inside as well as outside her subjects.
  • Lea Booth of Lansing displays creative energy with color, light and rhythm in her paintings and photography. Her love of nature, architecture and animals is evident in her photography. Booth paints primarily in oil and acrylic.
  • Photographer Terri Burke of Lewisville strives to document the world as she sees it, using nature’s vivid colors and little details, and prints some of her works on metal and canvas.
  • Dr. Brandon Drafts of Winston-Salem uses photography and tools to manipulate light in order to capture a moment in time, thereby creating a preconceived image of art. Beauty of nature and creativity are both important facets of his work.
  • From Winston-Salem, Helen Etters uses mouse and stylus to create original digital drawings that are sometimes whimsical or impressionistic. Often they have details in the style of the primitives or naturalists. Etters has a special interest in colors, shadows and geometric shapes.
  • From Thomasville, Joe Hedgpeth creates oil and watercolor paintings after visualizing the painting and changing it many times before actually painting it. Hedgpeth’s final painting is an attempt to present a visual and mental reaction that is pleasing and memorable.
  • Sculpture artist Dona McNeill of Holly Springs works on raku and high-fired stoneware to produce table sized “Spirit Guides,” such as angels, sun gods and wizards. McNeill is fascinated by the transformations of the elements of water, fire and earth into creative sculptured beings.
  • Cheryl Powell of Kernersville creates representational art in oil and pastel, focusing on simplification of the subject into larger value shapes and exciting colors. Photos of people caught in a moment inspire Powell’s figurative studio paintings, and by capturing that moment, she leaves it to the viewer to interpret the scene. Plein air painting and still life give Powell the opportunity to work from life.
  • From Efland, acrylic painter Tom Willis displays colorful, engaging works that please the eye as well as the mind. Willis’s heartfelt expressions and the richness of his work are evident by paintings that express his artistic calling.

*Editor’s Note: The attached photograph by Dr. Brandon Drafts of Winston-Salem, titled “BlueRidge & Beyond,” will be featured in DCCC’s Spring Art Show.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.