Feature Articles

May 2013

NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, Features Works by Tammi Barnes & Clara Daughtridge

NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, will present Rocky Mount: Art Buddies – Different Visions, Tammi Barnes and Clara Daughtridge, on view in the Mims Gallery, located in the Dunn Center, from May 10 through Aug. 10, 2013. A reception will be held on May 10, starting at 7pm.
Two talented friends have been pursuing their art from quite different places. Tammi Barnes is a collagist who incorporates word combinations and pictorial fragments in colorful and inviting collage paintings…and there is a deeper affirming message in Barnes’ collages.

Clara Daughtridge is a traditional oil painter who specializes in thoroughbred horse and pedigree dog subjects, the best of their breed. Such pictorial tributes to these great creatures makes one step back and appreciate their refinement.

Barnes is a self-taught, mixed media artist with an active artistic life combining her talents as an artist, teacher and businesswoman as owner of a pottery and art studio since 2006. Teaching children and adults both privately at her own studio and publicly at Nash Community College, she believes art has the ability to encourage, to teach, to heal and to transform hearts.

She says, “A precious 85 year old student told me that I gave her a gift no one in 85 years had given her before…. the ability to create something beautiful with her own hands.”

Barnes specializes in collage, cut and paste fragments from the real world of photographs and printed text combined with paint and texture to form richly colored and layered “autobiographical” visual testaments. She says her art expresses, “… stories of my life experiences, sometimes horribly sad, sometimes incredibly funny, almost always kind of strange…All my art has a deeply spiritual foundation…”

Clara Daughtridge is a realist artist who specializes in paintings of dogs and horses. Concentrating on their eyes, she captures the essence, soul, spirit and unconditional love of dogs and horses have for their owners. As well as the challenges of painting, it is that bond of love between pet and master that is the motivation for her art work. She says that painting dogs and horses from art history in a master studies studio at Barton College has led to a better understanding of how to capture the essence of dogs and horses and has informed her own original oil paintings. Combining these efforts resulted in this series entitled “Dogs and Horses in Art History and Today” many of which are included in this exhibition.

Daughtridge has been a longtime member of the Wilson Active Artists Association, and she has served as president of the Signature Dance Company in Rocky Mount. Her work has been shown in Wilson at the Arts Council of Wilson, the Spring Arbor Fall Show, the Barton College Gallery, the Wilson Rose Garden, the Imperial Center of Rocky Mount, the Emerge Gallery in Greenville, NC, and the Caswell Building in Raleigh, NC.

Daughtridge has been involved in conducting art workshops for cancer survivors sponsored by Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 252/985-5268 or visit (www.ncwc.edu/Arts/Mims/).

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