The McColl Center Alumni + Local Artist Showcase opened at the Anne Neilson Gallery on August 2nd and features work by: Linda Luise Brown, Ivan Toth Depena, Tony Griffin, Diane Hughes, Carmella Jarvi, Terry Shipley and Kristen Van Diggelen Sloan. The exhibition runs through September 7th and is definitely an exhibition you’ll want to check out if you’re in the Charlotte area or are planning a visit anytime soon.
Terry Shipley, ceramic artist, works in hand built, slab constructed clay. Her distinctive body of work is usually sculptural, sometimes functional, always decorative. Imagery often follows her curiosity and love of nature, specifically flowers, animals, and insects, often with a playful twist. She has continued her exploration in clay through classes and workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. – McColl Center
Linda Luise Brown
Linda Luise Brown is a painter, writer, and teacher, with over twenty-five years experience as a professional artist. Her work is abstract and painterly, blending contrasting fields of bold color and texture with subtle variations. Non-representational and subliminal, her imagery alludes to landscape forms and patterns, with calligraphic marks animating the composition. During her residency, Brown has used the Center’s print studio to expand her artistic practice using digital media to interweave print and paint. – McColl Center
Kristen van Diggelen Sloan
Kristen van Diggelen Sloan’s paintings and sculptures aim directly at the eternal. They are visual remnants of an unrelenting pursuit of the invisible – truths well hidden in both the physical and psyche/spiritual realms. Sloan looks to science, poetry and various religious traditions and practices to unravel the mysteries of nature, and the nature of reality. – Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery
Diane Hughes received a BFA in Graphic Design from Southampton College in New York. She has exhibited her work in North Carolina and New York and has had her photography published in Great Unknowns: An Exquisite Collection of Black and White Photography. – McColl Center
Carmella Jarvi is an artist – entrepreneur, McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Vermont Studio Center alumni, and three-time Regional Artist Project Grant recipient. Her art has evolved from women in water paintings to abstract explorations of water through kiln glass — since a 2011 trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. – Carmella Jarvi
Ivan Toth Depeña
Ivan Toth Depeña is an interdisciplinary artist who is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology, and design. His work explores new ways of seeing, and creating through the dynamic integration of custom software and digital fabrication methods with traditional materials such as wood and steel. Depeña’s large-scale commissions transform public spaces into colorful landscapes that invite play and wonder. – McColl Center
Tony Griffin is a classically-trained painter. Griffin’s work has evolved from a deep-rotted understanding and appreciation of the academic approach to a more personal and direct interpretation of his experiences and surroundings. He is a perceptual painter; his work is based on observations and direct response. While Griffin remains faithful to the the principles and ideals of his classical training, his work has developed into looser, more confident voice – a testament not only to his skill, but to his personal vision. – Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery
One of the highlights of our visit to this exhibition, was the fact that we picked up our first piece by local artist, Marcy Gregg.
This piece is part of her ‘Love Series’ and is one of her ‘studies’ for her larger works. I can’t wait for this beautiful piece to be hung in my writing studio!
The next exhibition coming to the Anne Neilson Fine Gallery is titled ‘In Tandem’ and will be featuring work of artists Ellen Dodd and Joyce Howell. The opening exhibition is on Friday September 21st from 6-8pm and you will have the opportunity to meet both of the artists!