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October Issue 2006

Green Rice Gallery in Charlotte Offers Works by M. Holt McLean

Green Rice Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Scenery, featuring works by M. Holt McLean. The exhibit will be on view from Oct. 20 through Nov. 2, 2006.

Inspired by a love of the traditional look and feel of Europe, McLean's work reflects the experiences she had while studying art in Umbria, Italy and traveling through France.

Describing her style and the works in the show, McLean says: "I take more of a realistic approach in trying to capture the look and feel of the past. My background is in the more traditional arts, having studied the paintings of the Great Masters and impressionists and having focused on drawing before painting. I love the look and feel of the glazing techniques the masters used during the Renaissance period, and hope to bring this look and style back into the mainstream. The scenery of Europe reminds me that there are so many more places in this world to travel and explore, waiting to be painted.  I hope someday to see them all."

Growing up with her parents' love of the arts, McLean has been surrounded by beautiful paintings throughout her life and has been involved in one sort of art class or another since the day she held her first crayon.

Thinking that a career in graphic design was the only choice she had to survive as an artist, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Appalachian State University in 2001 and spent the following two years working in that field. Not satisfied with the work, however, and growing restless, McLean moved across country to Los Angeles, and there began to find what she was looking for, a career in the fine arts. Teaching teens and adults the basics of drawing and painting helped her tighten her own skills in oil painting ­ to the point where she grew tired of being asked why she didn't show her own work.

Taking the hint, McLean moved back home to North Carolina, went to work at the Green Rice Gallery in Charlotte's NoDa arts district, and spent time doing her own work and further honing her skills. In addition, during the last year she has been mentored by veteran, local artist Andy Braitman, the result of which can be seen in the opening of McLean's first show as an artist in her own right.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704-344-0300 or at (www.green-rice.com).


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