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April Issue 2006
Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Eric McRay and Melinda Fine
Artspace in Raleigh, NC, will present two new exhibitions including: Real Women, featuring paintings by Eric McRay, on view in the Center's Lobby from Apr. 7 - 29, 2006 and Looking for Work, featuring works by Melinda Fine, in the Center's Upfront Gallery, from Apr. 7 - 29, 2006.
In Real Women McRay presents a series of work that aims to show truthful renditions of the average woman's body, rather than the glamorized Hollywood or Madison Avenue beauty. The nude is painted true-to-life, paying tribute to the varied body types of typical women. McRay paints his nudes swiftly and spontaneously in bold lines and subtle sepia tones in an effort to celebrate the average woman.
McRay received a BFA at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he earned a four-year scholarship for his artistic talent. The Raleigh News & Observer named him one of the "Artists to Watch" for 2001. Also, he was featured in the June 2002 issue of Southern Living Magazine, Carolina Living - People & Places Edition.
For about 10 months
(Dec. 2002- Aug. 2003) Lather, a biweekly alternative arts
and music publication, appeared on the Triangle scene-spearheaded
by former Independent writer-editor Mark Hornburg. Focusing
on the Raleigh music and arts scene, and using a small format
and hip design, Lather made an indelible impression on
Triangle audiences. Unfortunately, Lather was forced to fold under
financial pressure and vowed to resurrect via the internet.
Melinda Fine's exhibition
Looking for Work features the six-panel cartoon series of the
same name that ran in Lather during its tenure. Looking for Work
is an ironic, wry, and liberal commentary.
Born in Boston and raised in NC, Fine received her MFA in creative writing from UNC-Greensboro. She studied printmaking at UNC-Chapel Hill and completed graduate work in graphic design in the School of Design, NCSU. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Meredith College where she teaches graphic design and typography.
Artspace is a non-profit visual art center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions and education programs in an open-studio environment. Artspace is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with funds from the United Arts campaign and the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council; by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission; and by individuals; businesses; corporations; and private foundations.
For further information
check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call Artspace at
919/821-2787 or at (www.artspacenc.org).
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