CPCC Theatre to Host Pre-Performance Reception on Oct. 25

CPCC Theatre will host a reception followed by a performance of “The Music of Night: An The Music of the Night RevueAndrew Lloyd Webber Revue” on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Pease Auditorium. Anyone who has ever appeared in a Central Piedmont production or worked backstage in one in Pease is invited to attend to say “Goodbye to Pease.” RSVP to Tom Hollis 704.330.6835 or at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu.

Pease Auditorium will 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 Central Piedmont’s students. The new LRC will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and gallery.

Upcoming Arts Exhibits

MakerSpace 2018
October 15 – 31, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ross Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

In collaboration with Student Life and CPCC Art Galleries, Ross Gallery will host the inaugural MakerSpace for CPCC students.

October 15 – 31: Students will have the chance to create works of art within a 30 – 45 minute time period during our regular gallery hours.

CPCC students will explore their hidden talents of creativity in painting, photomontage, collage and origami and many more.

Book Giveaway and signing
The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses by Gavin Edwards
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ross Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

Come meet Gavin Edwards, the editor of The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses and local artists and contributors Dustin Harbin and Holly Keogh.

First 200 students receive a copy of the book for free!

Holiday Art Market
November 5 – December 5, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Holiday Market
Holiday Reception: November 8, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ross Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

Holiday Art Market offers everyone the opportunity to collect artwork at an affordable price from artist throughout CPCC and community.

Pease Art Gallery
Airy Knoll Farm Show: Cross-Pollination
October 22 – November 4, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Reception: Wednesday, November 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Pease Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

Artist uses visual honey-bees who gather nectar from fields and flowers to create something Airy Knollnew.

A unique honey results when art-making combines biology, poetry, science, music, or any diverse subject to influence and inspire the other. ~ Collaborative writing by Suzanne Stryk and Larry Sorkin

Celebrate Art Exhibitions at CPCC with Guest Lecturer Event on Sept. 13

Please join us for a group lecture and reception celebrating “Carolina Landscapes” and “Past & Present” at Levine Campus this Thursday, September 13, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., LVI 2150 Auditorium.

Carolina Landscapes sunset painting

Carolina Landscapes

Following the lecture, all are invited to the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery on the first floor of Levine II, Levine Campus for light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

“Past & Present” artist Ashley Lathe, CPCC visual arts studio faculty, and “Carolina Landscapes” artists Serge Skiba and Bruce Lacy, will share and discuss their art in the auditorium.

Ashley Lathe’s series, “Spectators” uses archival photographs, prints, film and video to focus on the gatherings of people to witness a spectacle through politics, sports and entertainment.

Serge Skiba travels the Carolinas capturing the region’s diverse landscapes through photography. His photographs are then printed on metal, creating a unique, dramatic presentation. Bruce Lacy turns wood from around the world to embellish and highlight perceived imperfections and to create one-of-a-kind vessels.

CPCC Theatre and Opera Theatre Upcoming Events

CPCC students receive a free ticket with a current ID. CPCC Staff/Faculty tickets available for $10.  (Tickets available at the Box Office only with a valid ID).  Single performance tickets are available beginning September 4.  All seating is subject to availability.

Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, State of the Arts at http://tix.cpcc.edu/contact.

CPCC Theatre 2018-19 Season
Becket or The Honor of God – Halton Theater – September 28 – October 7

The Music of the Night: An Andrew Lloyd Webber Revue – Pease Auditorium – October 26 – November 4

Gypsy – Halton Theater – February 15 – 24

Our Town – Halton Theater – April 5 – 14

CPCC Opera Theatre 2018-19 Season
La Bohème – Halton Theater – November 16 – 18

Bel Canto and Can Belto – Halton Theater – March 22 & 24

See Allison Luce’s Exhibition “Ancient Luce” on Merancas Campus

Ancient Expanse by Allison Luce
On view August 15 – December 4, 2018
Allison Luce September 27 at 11 a.m.

Classroom: TS248, Merancas Campus

“Ancient Expanse” is a site-specific installation Luce started in Denmark in 2009 as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center-Guldagergaard. It consists of a series of small ceramic pieces that are a reaction to the natural environment along the southwestern coast of Zealand. She documented the piece by taking pictures of the sculptures along the beach of the town where she was living in the water and other natural areas.

“Ancient Expanse” explores the boundaries between perception, reality, time and space. Photographs of the work document a fleeting moment in time where the natural and the created interact. Over the past five years, she has continued to make more pieces and have accumulated 1,000 ceramic objects. They are installed into large organic patterns in galleries or outdoors, and the original photographs are shown via video or projection. While the piece was inspired by Denmark, the colors and patterns of the individual sculptures reference ocean life as well as textures found in nature.

“Ancient Expanse” is playful and engaging and causes the viewer to stop and think about what they are seeing. There is an element of surprise as people realize that they are not actually looking at real objects, but sculptural forms that reference nature. It blends the natural with an element of discovery that engages the community in a dialogue about perception and reality.

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