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September 2013

Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC, Offers Works by Jean Baardsen

Local artist, Jean Baardsen, is showing her work, including art quilts, paintings, and mixed media, in a solo exhibit at Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC. The show is being held on campus in the Historic Camp Glenn Building, on view through Sept. 25, 2013.

Much of Baardsen’s artwork is inspired by nature. Her favorite subject is “things with wings.” She would love to fly, and is considering returning as a bird (probably a seagull) in her next incarnation.

Baardsen’s recent artwork has focused on the time she and her husband, Ed, lived on their 42-ft. sailboat, Tropic Moon. Their travels, from 1978-1992, included five years in the Caribbean, four years in the Mediterranean, and two Atlantic crossings. One room of the exhibit will feature highlights from their years on Tropic Moon, including an installation from the boat, travel posters featuring Tropic Moon, and acrylic paintings inspired by photos taken during their travels.

Baardsen retired from Carteret Community College in 2009, after ten years as Director of Learning Resources for the college. She is currently working on a web book entitled, Odyssey: Mapping Life’s Adventures. The book includes tales from their travels on Tropic Moon, as well as photographs, maps, digital art, and paintings used to illustrate her stories.

A selection of Baardsen’s artwork, including several art quilts, are available for purchase during the exhibit. All proceeds from the sale of these items will go to the Carteret Community College Foundation, to support CCC students and programs.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call Mary Schronce, Development Coordinator at 252/222-6143 or e-mail to (schroncem@email.carteret.edu).

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