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January 2011

City of North Charleston Features Works by Francina Smalls-Joyner

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department will present In Through the Window: A Moment in Francina’s Time, a solo exhibition of works by local artist Francina Smalls-Joyner in the display windows of The Meeting Place, located in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, SC. The exhibit will be on view from Jan. 3 through Feb. 29, 2012.

Smalls-Joyner presents a collection of original abstract oil paintings signifying memorable and personal moments of joy and spirituality from the past year of her life. She comments on her work: “Seen through a window, this body of curvaceous work will allow viewers to get a glimpse of my beautiful and blessed life told by me through color and texture. By capturing this spiritual stage in my life on canvas, these paintings depict a brief, but never ending moment in my time. So, as viewers look through the window and enjoy a moment in my time, I am asking them to reflect on the various stages of their lives, and enjoy those never ending moments in their time too.”

Smalls-Joyner was born in Milwaukee, WI, but raised in Historic St. Helena Island, SC. Growing up on Historic St. Helena Island made her spiritual, well-rooted, and cultivated. She takes great pride and is largely inspired by the small town and its unique heritage, dialects, and interesting folk fables. In December of 1995, Smalls-Joyner graduated from the College of Charleston, earning a BA in Art History and a BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Painting. She studied under such greats as Michael Tyzack, Michael Phillips, and Manning Williams. She is currently the Volunteer Services and Visual Arts Coordinator for the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

The Meeting Place is located on East Montague Avenue in the revitalized Olde Village area of North Charleston. Parking is free. Display window exhibits offer visitors a continuous opportunity to view artwork by different artists every other month. Proposals are being accepted and considered on a continuing basis. Further inquiries about this exhibition and exhibition opportunities may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Department at 843/740-5854 or visit (www.northcharleston.org).

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