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March Issue 2003
Elder Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Presents Exhibit Focusing on Food as Art
How many times have you caught yourself looking at a beautifully prepared meal, a grouping of fresh fruits and vegetables, steam rising from a pot on the stove and thought, "that's a work of art!" From Mar. 7 through Apr. 12, 2003, Elder Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibition, The Art of Food. The exhibition will celebrate the beauty of food in its many stages of development. Fifteen artists including a Spartanburg, SC, group, Southern Exposure, will present their interpretation of food as art.
The Caterers by Milwaukee, WI, painter Peter Carlson, is a large oil painting that shows the delivery of a large birthday cake to a celebration. His North Idaho oil on canvas painting depicts a scene that most outdoor cooking enthusiasts will recognize - a Weber kettle barbeque grill with a lush green landscape as its backdrop.
Sante Fe, NM, artist, Tom Perkinson, and Spartanburg, SC, artist, Claire Miller Hopkins, have constructed traditional still life paintings that include fruits and vegetables. Perkinson's Early Apples is a classic still life bathed in sunlight atop a covered table. Hopkins' pastel entitled Lemon-Pepper captures a meal in process with a riot of color. Her painting, Chef's Choice, shows freshly caught fish on a counter top with other ingredients for the chef's creation.
David Zacharias has created the ultimate in functional art with his pasta jars and pickle jars. The pasta jars are geometric slab constructions, each with a lizard draping across the lid and down the side. The pickle jars are wheel-thrown and are slightly altered when wet. Each of his pieces are cone 10 reduction fired stoneware.
Food as art is cleverly conveyed in Amy Goldstein-Rice's Fiona's Quest. Just when most viewers are expecting a beautifully rendered painting of human food, Goldstein-Rice throws in this humorous rendering of a feline's basic instinct, to hunt, capture and eat small critters. In this case the food is flying birds and floating fish. Each seems to taunt the big yellow cat that is constructed of earthenware clay that is fired at cone 06.
Trained in New York, painter Patrick Glover offers a unique painting of one of America's favorite food phenomena, fast food. His oil painting captures our nation's fascination with grabbing food on the run. He uses the food industry's advertising icons to create a sense of wonder as one makes way through his skillfully executed painting.
For more info check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/370-6337 or on the web at (www.elderart.com).
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