Like all good things, it is nearly time to say goodbye to the art creations by the Airy Knoll Farm students. We have enjoyed exhibiting their art, and learning about the unique opportunity that Airy Knoll offers to students who desire to go deeper into their creative journey of art. Elizabeth Ross would tell you that each piece has a story, and she is right. We have had the privilege of learning the tales behind the pieces on display and have enjoyed sharing them with our art gallery visitors.
There is still time to come and visit the exhibition! The show is open through Tuesday, December 4th. This year’s Airy Knoll Farm Show also serves as a final salute to our Pease Gallery. Thank you to all who made it possible. It has been amazing!
CPCC Central campus has a full calendar of receptions for the month of November and we would love for you to join us for them all (or as many as you can). The schedule and show notes are as follows:
- Thursday, November 8 from 5-8 pm in Ross Gallery, Central Campus Overcash Building
- Please join us for the reception for the Holiday Art Market! The market features art from local artists, CPCC faculty, staff, and students. There are lots of pieces priced $50 or less, so please join us for an evening of sweet treats and local art shopping!
- Wednesday, November 14 from 4-6 pm on the 4th floor of the library, Central Campus Hagemeyer Learning Resource Center
- Wednesday, November 14 from 6-8 pm in Pease Gallery, Central Campus Lower Level of Learning Resource Center
- Join us as we host our final Reception in Pease Gallery before demolition of the building. The Airy Knoll Farm Show : Cross-Pollination showcases work from students and professional artists who visited Elizabeth Ross’ farm in Middlebrook, Virginia this summer. This is the final Airy Knoll Farm Show on CPCC campus and we would love for you to join us for an evening of light refreshments and fellowship.
If you’re curious to find out more about the Airy Knoll Farm experience, click on the link above from the Charlotte Observer!
Have you ever wondered how a bumblebee feels while going about the business of collecting nectar? You need wonder no longer, as Don Peeler has brought to us the view of our beloved pollinators. These oil on canvas paintings make us look at the iris and hibiscus in a new way. It is common enough to see floral photographs and paintings, but Don invites us inside the flower itself to see a very magnified view of the petals. Our busy bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds certainly have a lovely office to work in.
These are large paintings and their colors will draw you in making you want to pull up a chair and sit for awhile. To get the full experience come by the Pease Gallery Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm. These paintings will be on display until October 4th.
Don is also represented by the Shain Gallery
Accomplished artist, Isaac Payne is fascinated with light and how it never seems to stay the same. Sometimes it may be very bright and cast long shadows on the ground, and other times it may exhibit a more orange look, like during a brilliant sunset. Light is constantly changing and shifting throughout the day, as well as the year. Additionally, light can look different depending on where you are in the world. Isaac grew up on the West coast, and now he resides here in the Carolinas producing and selling works of art and teaching at CPCC.
Currently on display now in the Pease Gallery are two of his pieces. They are partially drawn as well as painted with an emphasis on architecture. It is also important to keep in mind what is seen as well as what is not seen while viewing Isaac’s artwork. If that is not enough, he incorporates elements of photographs that he has taken. They are large, brightly colored renderings of cityscapes. When viewed in person, it is possible to see the the dimensions and depth as well as the individualistic elements, which make them pleasing to the eye. On display now through October 1st!
Architecture has been a common theme in art throughout the ages. Tashonda Wright has put a new spin on it with her current piece in the Pease Gallery “Time”. With this ink drawing, Tashonda explores the relationship between architecture and humanity. Architecture influences people and people inadvertently influence architecture. “Time” was created during a trip Tashonda took to China with a study abroad program at the China Academy of Art. Each architectural feature seen in the drawing has a special significance to the artist. Tashonda also took advantage of the opportunity to learn Chinese calligraphy and painting techniques while in the program. These elements are used throughout the composition.This is a piece that has many fascinating details embedded in it, and requires much more than a casual glance. Come see it in person and be sure to ask us what the Chinese inscription means!
Anderson Carman “Wash”, ink on bristol board, 2017
CPCC Alumni Anderson Carman has gone on to do great things, his imagination and resourcefulness shows no bounds. After leaving CPCC, Carman continued his education at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta and received a BFA in Sequential Art. Currently, Carman is working as a children’s book illustrator for Apologia.
The work showcased in Past & Present is part of a series called “Scratch Paper”, an artifact of Carman’s drawing practice. When preparing bristol board for laying out comic book pages, he trims a 3 inch sliver off the page to size it to the dimensions he needs. Carman realized the potential of this paper trimming and used it as a place to prepare his drawing utensils. “Scratch Paper” is now a collection of over 50 pieces, each one uniquely different from the others. Some are bare with few marks and others are almost black with ink.
The “Scratch Paper” series is a testament to the art of the process. While these little slivers of paper were initially saved for a practical purpose, the process of illustrating comics allowed for them to become pieces themselves. It shows the importance of considering all parts of your practice as art, you never know what it could yield!
To see more of Anderson Carman’s work, click here.
Julie Smith is a talented jewelry maker. Her approach to making jewelry is to work on perfecting technique and in doing so, she has been able to create some beautiful pieces. It’s a method that seems work very well for her! Julie is inspired by the cycles of the moon which, is clearly seen here. These two jewelry items are on display right now in the Pease Gallery. Julie uses a variety of materials to make her jewelry. The bracelet is made from brass, copper and sterling silver while the ring is crafted with copper, sterling silver and labradorite stone. Looking at the pictures below is not as good as seeing these two items in person, so be sure to stop in soon at the Pease Gallery.
These unique and creative artworks by Carolyn Jacobs are on display right now in the Pease Art Gallery. At first glance, you may think it is just another abstract painting, but it is much more than that. Ms. Jacobs is inspired by the effects mankind can have on nature. These pieces are taken from google earth images of a strip mines in Kentucky, where Ms. Jacobs grew up. All of the black seen here is made from coal collected at the strip mine. Next, the coal is ground up and mixed with cold wax creating a stunning textural effect that makes these works of art a must see in person. Stop by Pease to check them out!