Artwork on Display at Central Piedmont will Appear in Upcoming Exhibition at Smithsonian American Art Museum

A contemporary sculpture currently on display at Central Piedmont Community A More Sophisticated Form of ChaosCollege’s Central Campus will be transported soon to Washington, D.C., where it will appear in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Artist Dustin Farnsworth created the piece called, “A More Sophisticated Form of Chaos” (2014). The work is on loan to the college from owner Bill Gorelick of Charlotte. The sculpture is on display on the first floor of the Zeiss Building, located on the college’s Central Campus. Gorelick has loaned the college a number of pieces from his personal collection since 2013 so students at its campuses can be exposed to and enjoy art in multiple forms, including sculpture, glass and pottery. These spaces have become known as the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries at Central Piedmont. There are currently three galleries at Central Piedmont’s campuses – the college plans to have one at each campus by 2021.

The Farnsworth sculpture will remain on display at Central Piedmont until mid-October. It then will appear in the Smithsonian’s biannual showcase of contemporary craft at the museum’s Renwick Gallery from Nov. 9 to May 5, 2019. Following its display in D.C., the piece will return to the Queen City where it will be placed on display in the college’s fourth Gorelick Gallery, located on its Harper Campus.

The Smithsonian’s exhibition is a biannual showcase of contemporary craft that offers a national platform for both established and emerging craft artists whose work the museum feels deserves more attention. Participating artists are selected by a jury of specialists in the field, and the show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

Farnsworth resides in Montreal and has been an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation in Charlotte. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions in Columbia, SC; Huntsville, AL; Wilmington, NC; Murfreesboro, TN; and Grand Rapids, MI.

Upcoming Exhibits in the CPCC Galleries

Past & Present

Past & Present – Pease Gallery
CPCC Galleries is pleased to present a multimedia group exhibition called, “Past & Present” which is part of a celebration to commemorate the many years of the college’s beloved Pease Gallery, located on its Central Campus. “Past & Present” will showcase 12 CPCC Visual Arts Studio faculty members and 14 CPCC Studio Art alumni, many of whom have exhibited their creations for the first time in Pease Gallery. This exhibit will celebrate the decades of creativity developed through CPCC’s Visual Arts programs.

Participants will include:
CPCC Alumni: Rachel Baranowski, Anderson Carman, Douglas B. Davis, Kelsi Elcorabarutia, Kelly Elliot, Sarah Goski, Samantha Maxwell, Don Peeler, Paige Reitterer, KC Roberge, Julie P. Smith, Laura Truman, Sarah B. Wiley and Tashonda Wright

Faculty Members: Danny Croco, Carolyn Jacobs, Ashley Lathe, Nancy Nieves, Isaac Payne, Elizabeth Ross, Paula Smith, James Spence, Jason Stein, Richard Thomas, Alvaro Torres and Jennifer Zito

Pease Gallery

August 15 – October 3, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Artist Lecture: September 6, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Pease Gallery & September 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Levine Campus in LVI 2150

Opening Reception: September 6, 5 – 7 p.m. in Pease Gallery

Fruiting BodiesFruiting Bodies – Ross Gallery
CPCC Ross Gallery is excited to bring Artist Katie St. Clair’s exhibition, “Fruiting Bodies” to the college’s Central Campus, Aug. 15 – Oct. 10.

St. Clair’s latest work not only focuses on the natural decay of life and the beauty found within, but also on the complex processes of physical and spiritual healing through visualization of plants and fungi in the Carolina landscape. Abstraction of these forms allows St. Clair to express the subtle relationships of non-linear ecosystems. While researching, harvesting and consuming wild edibles, St. Clair’s understanding of flavor and the healing potential of her subjects expanded and evolved. St. Clair developed new ways of looking at the natural world, not only for inspiration and form, but also for the pragmatic considerations of pigment, texture and creative constraint. She incorporated new materials into her pieces, including natural dyes collected from the native ecosystems, through botanic, fungal and mineral extractions.

“Fruiting Bodies” will feature a series of melting ice sculptures that are an experimental part of St. Clair’s painting process. These melting sculptures called “spheres” contain pigments, mushrooms and other organic materials foraged by the artist during her hikes through different parts of the North Carolina landscape.  The delicately constructed spheres are suspended above canvases and slowly melt over a period of 24 to 48 hours. The ephemerality of this process echoes the cycle of life: birth, growth, death and decay. 

St. Clair received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Art specializing in painting and drawing at Davidson College.

Ross Gallery

August 15 – October 10, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: September 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Opening Reception: September 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sphere installations: August 20, September 12, and October 1

CPCC Students: Bring Your Child to the Theatre for FREE!

Shrek tickets for CPCC students and their child

Summer Theatre at CPCC is pleased to offer students a special chance to bring a child to see SHREK for FREE! If you are a current CPCC student with a valid student ID, bring your child to either the July 2 or July 3 performance and enjoy free admission for both of you! All performances of this musical adaptation for young audiences are at 10 a.m.! For other tickets and more info, call 704.330.6534 or visit tix.cpcc.edu today!

The Future of Pease Auditorium

Pease Auditorium will permanently close in January 2019 after more than 50 years of memorable productions, performances and events. Pease Auditorium and the aging building that surrounds it – the Hagemeyer Learning Resource Center (LRC) – will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library for CPCC’s students.  The new LRC will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and gallery.

The final CPCC Summer Theatre performance in Pease Auditorium will be “The Mousetrap,” which runs June 29 – July 8.  The last CPCC Theatre performance in the venue will be “The Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” which runs Oct. 26 – Nov. 4. The final CPCC performance in Pease Auditorium will be the CPCC Dance Theatre’s fall 2018 Student/Faculty Showcase, which runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. The space will remain available for rentals until the end of January 2019.

Tickets will likely sell quickly for the final performances in this storied venue, so learn more at tix.cpcc.edu.

 

Sensoria Comes to CPCC April 6 – 15

CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 26th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following highlights:

April 6-8 – CPCC Opera Theatre presents “Elixir of Love”
“L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) will be performed on the Halton stage for the first time in CPCC Opera Theatre’s 20-year history. In this endearing comic opera, a love-sick Nemorino buys the dubious Dr. Dulcamara’s magic potion (it’s really just wine) in order to win the beautiful Adina’s heart.
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu

April 6-15 – CPCC Theatre presents “On Golden Pond”
“On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. This touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years received some of the most powerful critical and popular acclaim of any new playwright’s debut in Broadway history.
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu

Friday, April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. – Local Music Night at Camp North End
This year’s Sensoria kicks off a new tradition: a spotlight on local music! Come hear the Behailu Band, David Childers and the Serpents, and Patois Counselors in the outdoor Boileryard at Camp North End, CPCC’s partner in this event, which will take place at 1824 Statesville Avenue.

Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – CPCC Dance Theatre presents “Spring Student/Faculty Showcase”
CPCC and Mallard Creek High School dance students perform CPCC faculty works, and a guest aerial artist performs.

Tuesday, April 10,  5 p.m. – CPCC Visual Arts presents “The Annual Juried Student Show”
“The Annual Juried Student Show” showcases top talent among our students at CPCC, highlighting the variety and skill in our Visual Arts program.

Wednesday, April 11, 8 – 9 p.m.  and Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer: U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the 2018 Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer and she will read from and discuss her work twice, with book signings to follow. Both are free and open to the public, with general admission and no reservations.

Thursday, April 12 – Felicia van Bork presents “color + “color = space”
In collaboration with Jerald Melberg Gallery, CPCC Art Galleries present “color + color = space,” an exhibit of recent collages and paintings by Felicia van Bork.

Friday & Saturday, April 13 and 14 – CPCC and UNC Charlotte Departments of Music Present Britten’s “War Requiem”
Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts + Architecture mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with performances of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece “War Requiem.”
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu

WHERE: CPCC campuses, including Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte

CONTACT: To see a full calendar of events at all campuses, please visit http://sensoria.cpcc.edu.

Backyard Neighbors: Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Bill Gorelick

Backyard Neighbors: Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Bill Gorelick
Now-May 11

“Backyard Neighbors” is an exhibit among friends, neighbors actually for many years. One, a collector and half of the philanthropic pair behind the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries at Central Piedmont Community College, and the other, a retired radiologist who loves the challenge of watercolor painting. Their combined exhibition of art is colorful, sometimes whimsical, and inspired by memories of travels and life experiences.

Meet the artist/collector: March 28 at 2 p.m. in Levine II, First Floor, Gallery

watercolor painting

 

 

 

 

Image by Ed Newman
Watercolor, Untitled

 

Dances of India Tickets are on Sale!

Come celebrate the history and culture of India as Dances of India celebrates its 16th year at CPCC. You will not want to miss this performance featuring internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer Dr. Maha Gingrich and group. Enjoy a large ensemble of dancers as they present 3,000-year-old classical and folk dances of India. Join us for the show’s signature dance, “Unity in Diversity,” which features several international dance styles set to live music. Click here for a sneak preview.

Upcoming Arts Events

color+color

Felicia Van Bork: color + color = space
April 12, 2018
Artist’s Lecture: 3 p.m.
Tate Hall, 2nd floor of Overcash Building, Central Campus

Opening Reception: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ross Gallery1st floor of Overcash Building, Central Campus

CPCC Visual Arts presents The Annual Juried Student Show
Tuesday, April 10
Awards presentation: 5 p.m.
Pease Auditorium

Reception to follow: 5 – 7 p.m. in Pease Lobby
Pease Gallery, 1st floor of Learning Resource Center, Central Campus

Art Exhibitions on Display at Levine and Harris Campuses

Revealing/Concealing Artwork

Revealing/Concealing
Now – Dec. 11
Gorelick Gallery, Harris Campus, Harris II

Revealing/Concealing explores the middle ground between painting and sculpture and also tests the limits of what the paint medium itself can do. Paul Farmer creates collages using multiple paint skins, allowing them to become so dense that layers are hidden. These organic abstractions reveal the artist’s interest in natural processes, color and topography. The textures and colors of Mr. Farmer’s art are influenced heavily by his time spent living in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. His works complement the natural beauty surrounding the Harris Conference Center.

An alumnus of Central Piedmont Community College, Mr. Farmer transferred to North Carolina State University and then to Western Carolina University where he earned his Master of Fine Art degree. He currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.

 

Backyard Neighbors, Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Backyard Neighbors artworkBill Gorelick
Now – May 11
Levine Campus, Levine II

Over the years, Mr. Gorelick and his late wife, Patty, collected many beautiful glass and ceramic sculptures from artists all over the world. Mr. Gorelick agreed to loan pieces from his personal collection to complement the paintings by his friend, Dr. Ed Newman. The inspiration for Dr. Newman’s paintings comes from the scenes and landscapes he has encountered through his travels across the globe.

 

Attend a Connor Chamber Musicians Rehearsal on Feb. 27

On February 27, the Connor Chamber musicians will rehearse in Tate Hall at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend either of these sessions as their schedules allow. Students may stay for a brief period or the duration of the rehearsal. All that is asked of them is that they be respectful of the musicians while they are in Tate Hall and as they come and go from the auditorium. Very special friends of the college – Catherine and Wilton Connor – make the Connor Chamber Series and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Campus possible. We hope students will take advantage of this opportunity and have a great experience.

 

Students, Get Theatre Tickets for FREE!

Students! Did you know you can attend CPCC Theatre and CPCC Opera Theatre events here at Central Piedmont for FREE on certain dates? If you visit the Overcash lobby box office on Fridays and select Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., you can get one free ticket with your vaild CPCC student ID! Limited availability, so get there early before they run out! Of course, you can always purchase your discounted student ticket, too, for any night of the run! Watch our CPCC Arts Facebook page and follow @cpccarts on Instagram for more specific information and reminders about the Student Rush Ticket program!

CPCC Theatre to Perform “Evita” Feb. 16 – 25, Student Tickets Just $5!

CPCC Theatre is excited to bring Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-award-Evitawinning musical “Evita” to the Halton stage for the first time. With a strong cast of characters torn from the fiery pages of Latin American history, “Evita” represents one of Lloyd Webber’s most beloved scores, combining Latin, jazz, pop and more traditional influences. With such well-known songs as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” “Evita” has captured audiences’ hearts around the world!

For tickets, call 704.330.6534.

Denver Citizen Article: Local chef part of Team USA to compete in Culinary Olympics

Chef Robert MarillaCPCC culinary instructor Rob Marilla is one of eight people in the country to secure a spot on American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA. The team will spend the next couple of years practicing before going head-to-head with the best from around the world in the Culinary Olympics in 2020 – also called the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition. Read the complete story here.