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October Issue 2007
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC, Present Fall Exhibit
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, at
Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, is presenting several
exhibitions for its Fall 2007 season. "The Turchin Center
prides itself on presenting opportunities for visitors to experience
the visual arts in new and interesting ways," says Director
and Chief Curator Hank Foreman. "Our Fall 2007 lineup provides
a perfect sampling of new approaches, concepts and materials."
The exhibit, Antiques to Abstracts From Hollis Chatelain, will be on view in Turchin Center's Gallery B, West Wing, from Oct. 5 through Jan. 19, 2008.
Chatelain was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but lived 14 years in Switzerland and four West Africa countries. In late 1996, she returned to the United States where she currently makes her home and studio in Hillsborough, NC. With an educational background in design and photography, Chatelain has worked in the arts in one form or another since 1976. Her career as a textile artist began in Africa where her interest was sparked by the richness and beauty of African fabrics.
Chatelain's distinctive use of color, imagery and dye-painted scenes of multicultural life have brought her international recognition. Her work can be found in public and private collections in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and North America. In addition to creating her textile art, Chatelain frequently juries art or quilt shows, and she lectures and leads workshops on drawing, color, dye painting, quilting and West African textiles.
The artist describes her current body of work: "Inspiration comes from many different places. When my son came home with a series of photographs he had taken at an antique shop, I was immediately drawn to the lines and shapes within the images and wondered what would happen if they were abstracted... The simplification of the shapes seemed to create a rhythmic dancing flow that suited the cloth and was quite different than the harsh substances of the original objects."
Reunion: These folks ain't company!, features works by East Carolina University School of Art Professor Emeritus, Mel Stanforth. The exhibit will be on view in Turchin Center's Gallery A, West Wing, from Oct. 5 through Jan. 19, 2008.
This retrospective, designed as an installation and employing old through new works, creates an experience that doesn't find a neat timeline at its core, but rather a room-sized assemblage of what this artist's life has been about. Visitors will experience works in a variety of media including watercolor, prints, mixed media and computer-based imagery - in both two- and three-dimensional formats. New pieces explore the transformation of works as they are passed on to patrons or exposed to the environment for alteration or decay.
Stanforth has participated in anti-elitist art movements for the last 25 years. He has exhibited in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Honors include a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and the North Carolina Museum of Art Triennial. Stanforth works in computer-generated photomontage, painting, correspondence art and collage. He earned his BFA from the University of Alabama and his MFA from Wayne State University. Stanforth's work is held in numerous public and private collections.
The exhibit, Prints! Pow! Wow! A Conversation in Print, will be on view in Turchin Center's Mayer Gallery, West Wing, from Oct. 5 through Jan. 19, 2008.
This exhibition supports Print Dialogue Days, hosted by the printmaking area of ASU's Department of Art. The two-day symposium for printmaking brings visiting artists to campus for lectures. Featured artists include: William Clements, Matthew Egan, April Flanders, Beth Grabowski, Matt Liddle, Scott Ludwig, Althea Murphy-Price and Judith O'Rourke.
William Clements is a sculptor and printmaker working in western North Carolina. He is founder and director of Asheville Standard Press, an artists-first open access workshop for contemporary fine art Printmaking. In 2000, Matthew Egan and his wife, Heather, moved to the United Arab Emirates to teach, live and make things for five years. Currently they teach Printmaking and Foundations at East Carolina University.
April Flanders has been featured in numerous shows and her work is in many public collections. She is an associate professor at Western Carolina University. Beth Grabowski is a professor of Art at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work explores aspects of identity and relationship experienced from the perspective of motherhood.
After years of study and working in graphic design and print production, Matt Liddle moved to North Carolina in 1995 and currently is an associate professor at Western Carolina University. Scott Ludwig currently is an associate professor of Art at ASU. He has received numerous awards to support his international travel and work.
Althea Murphy-Price is an assistant professor at Indiana University. She has shown extensively and has been represented by several galleries. Judith O'Rourke has extensive experience as a guest artist and is an expert in vitreographic printing. O'Rourke has been the master printer at Littleton Studios in Spruce Pine, NC, since 1987.
Later in November, the Turchin Center will open three new exhibitions including: On the Mark!, will be on view in Turchin Center's Main Gallery, East Wing, from Nov. 2 through Feb. 1, 2008.
This exhibition focuses on contemporary artists for whom drawing is a major emphasis of their work and who have expanded to include unusual materials, approaches and techniques.
The exhibit, Past Presence A Continual Journey: An exhibition of Jewelry and Objects From Robert Ebendorf, will be on view in Turchin Center's Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing, will on view from Nov. 2 through Feb. 1, 2008.
Known for jewelry that includes everything and anything he has found, Ebendorf continues his ongoing investigations into "Representations." His conceptual approach to jewelry-making explores alternative concepts and materials.
And, finally, the exhibit, Ronnie Beets: Recent Work, will be on view in Turchin Center's Catwalk Community Gallery, East Wing, will also be on view from Nov. 2 through Feb. 1, 2008.
"Painting is the most centered place I can be. It is meditation and perfect solitude in an often confusing world," says Beets. "It has become a religion of sorts for me. A safe place to ask questions and find my own answers, each painting gives me an intimate glimpse of my own being and that of the Divine nature which connects us all."
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts supports the mission of Appalachian State University through regionally significant exhibition, education and collection programs. Underlying the center's mission is the belief that the arts play vital roles in the development of creative and critical potential, and in experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture. The center provides a place to investigate these roles by implementing programs that engender and strengthen Appalachian community participation in and ownership of the arts, and an emphasis is placed on partnerships with the university's academic areas. Through its programs and partnerships, the center supports the university's role as a key regional educational and cultural resource, and offers a dynamic space where participants experience and incorporate the power and excitement of the visual arts into their lives.
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