Feature Articles

February 2011

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Jane Schmidt, Craig Mooney, Connie Winters, and Christy Kinard

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present an exhibit of wonderful new paintings by Jane Schmidt, Craig Mooney, Connie Winters, and Christy Kinard, on view through Feb. 29, 2012. A reception will be held on Feb. 10, from 6-9pm for Jane Schmidt and Craig Mooney. A separate reception for Connie Winters and Christy Kinard will be held on Feb. 24, 2012 from 6-9pm.

Inspired by abstract expressionists, Jane Schmidt uses the subject of landscape to explore the edge between abstraction and representation with an emphasis on the expressive use of color. Using decisive brush marks, Schmidt commingles vibrant colors to create a visual experience for every viewer.

Craig Mooney makes paintings of dramatic moments and heightened emotionality that are known for being expansive and expressive. Though a representational painter, the artist incorporates a myriad of abstract qualities throughout his paintings. In his figurative work, Mooney romanticizes his subjects and presents them in an atmospheric lens that is best described as dreamlike. His paintings appear to be capturing a moment suspended in time. While his work feels familiar, it is not specific. Rather it is, on a very basic level, symbolism of what could have been, has been or will be.

Connie Winters has emerged as a strong influence on the art scene in the Southeastern United States. Citing the work of classic French Impressionists as an ongoing source of inspiration in her own artwork, Winters naturally gravitates to France as the location for her landscapes. Her approach to the canvas is that of active observer, intent on recording the interplay of color and light as it unfolds in each scene. Through her energetic interpretations of nature and local color, Winters uses the canvas to convey her own enthusiasm to the viewer.

Christy Kinard’s excitement for art has been developing since her early childhood in Georgia. Her mixed media collages of acrylic paint, torn papers and stencils are sometimes painted on wood boxes created by her father, Bob Kinard, or other found objects such as door panels. Kinard’s oeuvre includes various themes of animals and bugs, vegetables, flowers, and still life works. She draws inspiration from children and allegorical adages.

Located in beautiful Myers Park, Shain Gallery has been on the forefront of the North Carolina art scene since 1998. The gallery represents many leading national and regional artists. Shain Gallery is again Charlotte Magazine’s Best of the Best for 2011.

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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