Charlotte art lovers have just a few more days to view the ANFA gallery’s 9th-anniversary exhibition titled, et Cetera. Featuring the work of three artists (along with sneak peeks of work by two of the galleries newest artists) the show features artwork in a variety of styles from the collages by artist Brenda Bogart, the handmade porcelain florals and acrylic on canvas work of Caroline Boykin in the adjoining room the acrylic, vinyl, gouache on wood pieces by artist Allison James.
— Caroline Boykin —
Still Said Forever
Caroline Reehl Boykin has always loved to create. Her childhood on the Alabama coast cultivated her enchantment with art and southern culture. Touches of this admiration of Southern hospitality and grandeur are seen today through her work. A summer of studying figure drawing in Florence, Italy led Caroline to the realization that being an artist was in her bones. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 2005 where her focus was ceramics, but she has a true passion for all mediums in art. — ANFA
There You Are, Moon
— Brenda Bogart —
Brenda Bogart is a mixed media collage artist based in Dallas, TX. Her studio is chock full with boxes of found and collected objects from literally everywhere. She has rescued treasures out of muddy puddles, amassed countless objects on long walks with her husband and dogs, and collected handmade papers from artisans all over the world. Brenda’s favorite haunt is in Paris where she finds hand-lettered antique documents and paper ephemera. She defines collaging as “painting with paper” and coaxes this chaotic medium into intriguing works of art using her distinct style of color, pattern, and texture. Brenda holds a degree in Interior Design from Texas Christian University and has studied painting and drawing at Southern Methodist University extensively under Mary Vernon and Barnaby Fitzgerald. — ANFA
Osprey with Fish
— Allison James —
“I began my career as a fine artist at a year and a half old, spending countless hours at the kitchen table with a tin of crayons and all the encouragement from my entrepreneurial mother and father. I was drawing everything around me at an accelerated level from an early age and was hungry to be the best. Grooming my creativity throughout my schooling I decided to pursue art at Georgia Southern University. There I was mentored by professors from the top schools in the nation (Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art & Design, Boston University, Cornell and the Art Institutes, just to name a few.) I was a sponge over my five years as a student, soaking in all of the critiques, countless pushes to go further, and priceless insight.After university I gravitated towards the freedom of mixed media, creating works on shower curtains, canvas, and my own handmade paper. I even studied illustration and Italian art history for a summer abroad in Montepulciano, Italy right in the heart of Tuscany. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking and you’ll see these three arenas cross over again and again in my work. Layers tell a story and every piece I make is a self-portrait.”
— About Et Cetera —
‘Et cetera’ is a Latin phrase meaning ‘and so on’ or ‘and the rest.’ This exhibition features three artists who are painters…and so on. They utilize paint + mixed media in a way that innovates, creating something entirely new with an almost sculptural definition. We’re also celebrating 9 years as a gallery – 9 years for which we are immensely thankful, and now we look forward to the rest. ‘Et Cetera’ both encompasses the mixed media work of Allison James, Caroline Boykin, and Brenda Bogart and heralds another year as a gallery.