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August Issue 2003

Here's a Carolina Arts Update! 7/22/05

erl originals gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, is now closed. The following is no reflection on the artist(s) mentioned in this article. They still deserve the historical fact that this exhibition happened.

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Winston-Salem Journal's Dec. 10, 2004, edition: "In late September, (2004) erl's owners, Peter and Lee Swenson, and the company they operate, Bogart Management Group, were foreclosed on by their bank. They were barred from their gallery at 480 West End Blvd. for being months in arrears on rent and utilities. Peter Swenson is facing numerous tax-fraud charges, as well as a growing number of civil lawsuits filed by creditors seeking to collect payments they say are long overdue".


e.r.l. originals in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Works by Joana Wardell

Abstract mixed media paintings by Joana Granger Wardell will be featured at e.r.l originals in Winston-Salem, NC, from Aug. 1 through Sept. 3, 2003.

Wardell's show will highlight recently completed acrylics on canvas. These works can be characterized as contemporary still life paintings, incorporating everyday objects against an abstract background. The life process of building layers of experience and integrating them inspires her work. She translates this to her paintings by building layers of paint, scraping them down and pulling them into a unified whole. Old walls in Europe with centuries of build up from plaster, stone, paint and the like have also provided inspiration.

"These walls are like graffiti," Wardell explains, "in that they tell us a story of what has happened over time. I like for people to see history in my work much as one sees history in these old walls."

A native of Charlotte, NC, Wardell received both a bachelor of creative arts and a B.A. in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she also holds a MFA from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Wardell has also spent five summers studying at The Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. In addition, she has taught at both Queens College and Winthrop University.

Wardell's paintings are part of numerous corporate collections. For example, in Charlotte her artwork is displayed at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice; DeLoitte, Haskins and Sells; Derek Church Williams, Landscape Architect; Duke Power Co.; Charlotte Junior League; Pneumafil Corporation; Biggers Brothers; and Bank of America. Her work is also in many other corporate and private collections across the state.

For more information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 336/722-9030 or on the web at (www.erloriginals.com).

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