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August Issue 2006

Centre Stage - SC in Greenville, SC, Offers Works by John Pendarvis

Something Old, Something New, an exhibit of paintings by Greenville artist John Pendarvis, will be on display at Centre Stage - South Carolina (CSSC) in Greenville, SC, from July 14 through Sept. 29, 2006. The exhibit is the seventh art show in the collaboration between the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) and CSSC in which selected MAC artist members display their art at the CSSC facility in the Smith Barney Building behind the Westin Poinsett in Greenville.

A graduate of South Carolina State University in mathematics, Pendarvis is a native South Carolinian whose works include large collages, mixed media canvases, serigraphs and pieces on paper. He is known for his canvases depicting the music of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, Kente cloth and African masks. Many of his paintings feature jazz-band musicians and African tribal masks.

Pendarvis has also done graduate work at Clemson University and has studied with renowned South Carolina artist Leo Twiggs. His works have been accepted in national shows, and he is the recipient of a first place honor in the Southeast Black Art Competition in North Carolina.

Locally, Pendarvis has exhibited at the Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Upstate Visual Arts, the Blood Connection and the Pickens County Museum of Art. He has also participated in the Metropolitan Arts Council's annual Greenville Open Studios.

"When I was first asked to exhibit at CSSC by the Metropolitan Arts Council and told that the production was Beehive: The 60s Musical, I was drawn to the unfinished canvases and emerging ideas for musical works that were stored in my files from my Musical Series several years ago," says Pendarvis. "At the time, the series had run its course, and it was time to move on to something new. Now in 2006, it is time to revisit them. Thus, the title Something Old, Something New."

"Over the last few years, creating new art has been difficult because of the death of my parents," adds Pendarvis. "The new works draw on the loss and the need to capture some of what they gave to me. The revisited works are reflections of something old, and these reflections take me back to the time when my parents celebrated my art with me. I am still on a journey to find a way though my art to celebrate my parents' lives and to share this with others."

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call MAC at 864/467-3132, or at (www.greenvillearts.com).



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