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September 2011

Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Works by Kim Varnadoe and Mona Wu

Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, is presenting Come Closer, a two-person exhibit of photo-based images by Kim Varnadoe, and woodcut and intaglio prints by Mona Wu, on view through Oct. 1, 2011. A reception will be held on Sept. 11, from 2-4pm.

Kimberly Varnadoe is exhibiting photo-based images incorporating Polaroids and the new Impossible instant films. This body of work incorporates the use of Polaroid cameras and films along with a variety of experiments with the new instant films produced by the Impossible Project. The works in this exhibition combine traditional film photography with manipulations using these instant films along with other mixed media applications including letterpress and collage.

Varnadoe has been an Associate Professor of Art at Salem College since 1994. She received her MFA with a concentration in Printmaking from The University of

Memphis in 1991 and her BFA from The University of South Alabama in 1983 where she studied Painting and Photography. She has been a member of Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem since 2003 and exhibits her work frequently in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.

Mona Wu immigrated to USA in 1971 with background in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy training. She received her BA in Art History from Salem College in 1996 and has been studying printmaking at Wake Forest University since then. She also went to Penland twice for further studies in the same field. Wu was the recipient of 2003 Winston-Salem Artist-of-the-Year award. She has been a member of Artworks Gallery since 2003.

Wu studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy in Hong Kong but found her further study limited after she immigrated to the US. She switched to printmaking instead. Of the various methods in this medium she has a special affinity to woodcut because it was the choice medium in ancient China to reproduce texts and illustrations.

Her subject matter is taken mostly from nature: trees, plants, insects, etc. Carving the wood boards is her most favorite part of the printmaking process, and she finds the boards more beautiful than the prints at times. Hence there are six boards shown alongside the finished prints in this show.

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