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December Issue 2010

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Geoffrey Johnson, Veronica Clark and Amy Dobbs

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is presenting Holiday Group Show, featuring works by Geoffrey Johnson, Veronica Clark and Amy Dobbs, on view through Dec. 31, 2010.

While Geoffrey Johnson was born in Greensboro, NC, in 1965, his name and his reputation are recognized from coast to coast.

Johnson is a 1993 graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy and is winner of the Morris Blackburn Landscape prize - the recipient is chosen by the Academy faculty.

Johnson's work is in numerous corporate and prominent private collections including: Turner Broadcasting, Bell South Corp. Wachovia Bank and the Bernau University Museum, Gainesville, GA.

Johnson's largely tonalistic, soft focus, almost blurred landscapes and strong dark to light urban scenes have an elegant sense of melancholy and that very desirable quality of "timelessness" that totally engages the viewer.

Mix living and traveling in the English countryside, London, Paris, Florence, Charlotte and a family farm in South Carolina. Then add talented artist Veronica Clark and the inspiration she draws from the animals she meets on her travels and lives with on her farm.

The results are works that reflect Clark's passion and affection for animals and rural life, exemplified in her oil paintings, pastels and charcoal drawings. Her impressionist style captures the rich colors of nature and the expressive characters of her four legged friends.

Clark has trained with Andy Braitman at the Braitman Studio in Charlotte; Dawn Emerson and Lesley Humphrey at the American Academy of Equine Art in Lexington, KY; and Stephen Early at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA. Her award-winning work has been featured in The Pastel Journal and the annual exhibition of the American Academy of Equine Art. Veronica's work can be found in collections across the United States and in Europe.

As a young artist, Amy Dobbs has had an impressive first fifteen years in the art world. Born in Richmond, VA, in 1970, she has studied in the US and Europe and now makes her home in Nimes, the South of France, where she moved in 1995. While in high school, she received the Congressional Award for High School Art Students as well as the A.J. Fletcher Scholarship to study art at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Two years later, Dobbs earned the title "Art Student of the Year."

Dobbs returned to Europe following college graduation as a studio artist in Berlin, Germany for two years, then returned to the States as an Associate Artist for the Charles Lindbergh Fresco Project in Little Falls, MN. When the fresco was completed, Dobbs returned to Europe to study with Richard Maury and to adopt France as her permanent residence.

Dobbs' shows include private and group venues in Paris and London as well as those in the US, from Oklahoma to the Shain Gallery. In total, the awards and shows given Dobbs are indicative of the caliber of work that Dobbs has achieved.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/334-7744 or visit (www.shaingallery.com).


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