Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries

The mission of the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries is to expose the CPCC students and community at all of our campuses to the visual arts. Exhibits rotate from campus to campus to allow the art to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Mr. Gorelick had these words for CPCC students:  ” I hope that you will find just one thing in this exhibit (or future exhibits) that you like.  Your interest in something is yours; no one can take that away from you.”HARRIS_FOUN_GorelickGalleryMediaTour_22

Click here to watch a short video about the Gorelick Collection 


Harris Campus Gorelick Gallery


January 8 – December 18

Beginning January 8, the Harris Conference Center will host an exhibit by nationally known artist, Paul Farmer, entitled Revealing/Concealing. The exhibit explores the middle ground between painting and sculpture and, also, tests the limits of what the

Acrylic and latex on wood

Revealing/Concealing by Paul Farmer

paint medium itself can do. Farmer creates collages using many multiples of paint skins, sometimes becoming so dense that layers are hidden. These organic abstractions reveal the artist’s interest in natural processes, color and topography.

Color and light are Kim’s passion and inspiration. Creating a series of images from her imagination, she explores each subject with color, texture and composition. The interpretive vehicle for her art is paint. Paint is the subject. She uses a variety of applications on each canvas including pushing, pulling, scraping and throwing the paint to express her emotion to the viewer. Kim’s direct approach is very aggressive and energetic. Her goal is to create a strong emotional response from the viewer. Primarily self-taught, Ms. Gibbs has studied with many world class teachers and participated in numerous workshops across the country.

The front hallway of the Harris Conference Center features the art of Kim Gibbs.

Directions to the Harris Campus can be found here.


Levine Campus Gorelick Gallery

Carolina Landscapes 

August 9 – December 17

The fall semester exhibit in the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery features the photography of Serge Skiba and woodworks by Bruce Lacy.

As an outdoor enthusiast, Skiba enjoys photographing the places he travels, not only to capture memories, but also to share them with others. Skiba is always striving to learn the best techniques to photograph a landscape to create the best visual presentation possible. His photographs have been featured in international publications, art galleries and commercial advertisements.

Through his photography, he hopes to spark a memory or inspire viewers to act on their dreams.

Lacy was first introduced to woodworking by his father more than 55 years ago. In 1970, after attending Holden School of Art in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lacy began his professional career as an engineering and architectural designer.

His love of a “good finish” is seen throughout the quality of work he delivers. While the untutored eye tries to hide the gross imperfections nature creates in a piece of wood, the skilled woodworker lives to glorify and enhance them. Lacy’s ability to embellish, rather than conceal a wood’s natural beauty, is revealed in the one-of-a-kind art pieces he produces.

Lacy is an active member of the Waxhaw Wood Turners, Southern Piedmont Wood Turners and The America Association of Wood Turners. His work has been displayed at the Plum Gallery; the Gregg Museum at NC State University; the Exhibition of Wood Turners of North Carolina; the Artshak in Southport, North Carolina; the Artful Living Group in Carolina Beach, North Carolina; and in a number of private collections.

Image by Serge Skiba


Part of CPCC Lane Near the Levine Campus will Permanently Close on Sept. 7

To access Campus Ridge Rd. from Independence Blvd. (Hwy. 74):

  • Continue on Independence Blvd./Hwy 74 past CPCC Lane
  • Take a RIGHT at the first traffic light onto Stallings Road
  • Take a RIGHT at the first traffic light onto Matthews Indian Trail Road
  • Take a LEFT at the end of road onto CPCC Lane
  • Continue to campus parking as normal


Cato Campus Gorelick Gallery


August 14 – December 17

Cato Gallery will feature new works and a site specific installation by fiber artist, Sydney Sogol and metal works by Mary Klacza.

Meander is reflective of how Sogol and Klacza’s paths through life and their choices in art have led both of them on a winding journey. Each have made plans for life to go in a certain direction, only to be blindsided by unexpected, positive opportunities, yet also, at times, less desirable circumstances. By learning to accept the hands they have been dealt and move forward, they have been able to progress in life and in art. 

Sydney Sogol’s work focuses on exploring the relationship between color and pattern through weaving and dyeing. Her work is inspired by a fascination with nature and biology, specifically animals. Each of Sogol’s works pays homage and brings attention to the natural beauty and unique story of a specific animal or plant.

Sogol enjoys creating pieces that range from fine art-oriented to a more functional brand of art with which people can engage and interact. She relishes the idea of people forming a relationship with a piece, such as a scarf, that one uses to keep warm, or a table runner used to set the tone for a family dinner.

Mary Klacza’s collection of small, cast bronze sculptures is inspired by her fascination with the paisley shape and a reflection of how birds curl and tuck their heads into their wings while they are sleeping. While living in Arizona, Klacza volunteered at a parrot rescue. Each work reflects the personality of the rescued parrot for which it is named, while showing the calm and comfort of a “tucked” bird.

Sogol and Klacza met in graduate school at East Carolina University, becoming close friends and keeping one another sane while they each earned their Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.



by Mary Klacza




For more information, pricing or to schedule a personalized tour of the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries on any campus, please contact Vanessa Stolen at or by phone at  704.330.6122.

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