Feature Articles

February 2011

Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville, NC, Features Works by Karen McEachin Breit

The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Winter Heat, featuring tropically-themed oils and collages by Karen McEachin Breit, on view in the Welborn Gallery through Mar. 9, 2012.

This timely exhibit for the gloomiest time of the year - January and February - is guaranteed to warm you up during the coldest months of the year. The large-format paintings of “hot” Florida botanicals are “accompanied” by live orchids and bromeliads (tropical plants related to the pineapple family).

The artist is a Miami, FL, native who holds a unique understanding of the subtle changes in her surroundings. A recent relocation from Miami to the Piedmont area of North Carolina to live “up-country” in Ronda, NC, where her husband maintains a vineyard has made Breit long for the famous glorious spring in the Carolinas and new subject matter for a Miami native – azaleas and rhododendrons.

Breit states, “I sense the divine order all around me. Much of nature’s intrinsic beauty goes unnoticed because of our fast-paced technological world. I recreate patterns of light and rhythms that occur naturally, which draws the viewer into the introspective moods of my work.”

Breit had been an elementary art educator in the Miami Dade Public Schools for 25 years. She has received numerous awards for her paintings and has shown her work in juried exhibitions throughout the South. A professional artist, Breit received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees, Masters and Specialist Degree in Art Education from Florida International University.

The Welborn Gallery is located inside the new state-of-the-art Yadkin Cultural Arts Center which opened in September of 2010. It features a barn wood-floored, glass-towered exhibit gallery, a full service Wi-Fi café, classrooms, working artist studios (called YARD for Yadkin Artists Residing Downtown) and a gift shop. The Center has become a cultural campus offering workshops, classes, exhibits and events both within the center and artist studios and outdoors on the plaza and stroll way beside the fountains and mosaic exterior. Opening this fall is a new performing arts theater which will offer Friday night movies, music and drama.

The gallery is open during Café hours, Mon. through Thur., 8am to 5pm; Fri., 8am to 8pm and Sat., 10am to 3pm.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listing, call the Council at 336/679-2941 or visit (www.yadkinarts.org).


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