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October 2011

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Features Portrait Exhibition

The Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, announces Lines and Lives of the Face, the first contemporary portrait exhibit in the 34-year-old organization’s history. It opens Oct. 7 and continues through Nov. 19, 2011. A reception with a “Walk & Talk” tour of the art will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 4-8pm.

Exhibiting artists are Kevin Clinton, Paul Flint, David Slone, and Tim Speaker, Greenville, SC; Mathew Curran, Raleigh, NC; James Esber, Brooklyn, NY; Alli Good, Ursula Gullow, Taiyo La Paix, Brian Mashburn, and Phillip McGuire, Asheville, NC; Dawn Hunter, Columbia, SC; Francesco Lombardo, Marshall, NC; and Bob Trotman, Shelby, NC. All are well established in the genre of contemporary portraiture and work in numerous mediums, including paint, graphite, pen and ink, plasticine, wood, clay and mixed media.

A fascinating feature of the exhibit is “This is not a portrait,” a community art project consisting of drawings of Osama bin Laden rendered by 25 local artists and non-artists. A template for the drawings was created by James Esber, one of the Faces artists, who also provided instruction via Skype. The drawings are displayed in the Small Works Gallery at the Upstairs Artspace.

“The New Portraiture” is a panel discussion with the artists scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at 7pm. They will address traditional vs. contemporary portraits, the appeal of the face as subject, the self portrait and more.

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