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March 2011

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by James Celano and Natalie George

Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present an exhibit of works by painters James Celano and Natalie George, on view from Mar. 6 - 30, 2012.

Celano and George are both traditional still life painters, specializing in florals and vignettes featuring fruit, china, pottery and glassware.

After studying art and art history at the University of Delaware, Celano continued his studies at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academia of Fine Arts, graduating in 1983. The painter currently lives and works in Greensboro, NC.

Celano describes himself as a representational painter, “drawn to a more painterly approach to painting.” According to Celano, his paintings reveal his emotional response as an artist to his subject. It is this personal expression of the painter, through the abstract language of painting, maintains Celano that is essential to the successful rendering of a “genuine painting.”

North Carolina native Natalie George graduated from Guilford College in 1995 with a BA in Visual Art. She then pursued an opportunity to further her studies in Italy, on the picturesque grounds of a medieval castle in the Alpine Tyrol region.  While there, George took full advantage of her proximity to historic cities and towns of artistic significance, studying the rich culture and more specifically, the history and beauty of Western European painting and sculpture. 

Later, George became aware of the classical realism art movement, and was inspired by San Francisco artist Will Wilson’s work. In 2000 she continued to hone her skills, choosing to study with D. Jeffrey Mims, renowned classical realism painter and founder of the Academy of Classical Design in Southern Pines, NC.

For further information, check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, or visit (providencegallery.net).


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