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Join us for a Preview and Sale – Marge Loudon Moody’s ‘Paracosms’


1 Marge Loudon Moody Urban Instincts  2005 - 2008 Collage 2013

Spotlighting Marge Loudon Moody’s upcoming Preview, Sale, and Show…

Artist Statement:


The newest exhibition in my series of shows celebrating my 30 Year retrospective, ‘Made in America’ is entitled ‘Paracosms’ and will be at Space 1858, 1858 W Grand Street, Chicago, Illinois, opening May 10, 2013, with a reception 6:00 – 9:00p.m.

My work is inspired by the spirit of place. I make abstract acrylic paintings on canvas, collages and mixed-media pieces, which, through a rigorous process of working and reworking of composition and art elements, arrive at a harmonious expression of the essential nature of the subject.  My collage work often employs ‘found’ materials and involves layering and precise juxtaposition of line, color, shape and texture.  Life experience may be similarly layered.  At times, subject matter serves as metaphor for intangible ideas. It examines boundaries, addresses the fragility of existence, of presence, of absence, and of memory.

This show consists of several new collages on two themes – the ‘Urban Instincts’ and ‘Desert Garden’ themes as well as drawings, watercolors and mixed-media pieces from earlier years.

Preview the work before it goes to Chicago…
After Winthrop graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013
2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
2nd floor, McLaurin Hall, Studio #249
Winthrop University

Keep up with Space 1858 and the ‘Paracosms’ opening on Facebook:  CLICK HERE




Join us for the Senior Photography Exhibition, Hart Witzen Gallery, April 19th



Senior Photography Exhibition / Winthrop University Department of Fine Arts

Hart Witzen Gallery

136 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, NC  28206
Friday, April 19th
6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.



Winthrop University’s Senior Photography majors explore a broad range of imagery using techniques from historic albumen prints to digital projections, and address the integral role that photography plays in each of the artists’ lives.


Featuring the following students:

  • Dale Bridges:  “My work revolves around the human body and the fluidity I see in it. I look for glamor and beauty in all of my work and achieve this through the models and lighting I use. This series is a combination of the things I enjoy about portraiture and photography and strives to explore the human body and the emotions an image can convey.”
  • Hannah Mounce:  “My series ‘Where is My Mind’ is a commentary on our growing fascination with television’s false reality, and explores the obsessive tendencies people exhibit under its influence. The work is on color transparency film, digitized through scanning and framed with scraps of electronics; reinforcing the fact that we cannot deny living in the modern digital age.”
  • Sommer Moya-Mendez:  “I enjoy working with people I know. This series documents the people I work with at a local home improvement store. It is a reflection on where my life is now, and how I view those who are close to me. The images will be broken up into small Polaroid lifts; representing the fragments of my life and moving on.”
  • Kathryn Sanders:  “My work for this series concentrates on the movement of a liquid substance dispersing through water. The motion and shapes created by the dispersal of the liquids are hypnotic and otherworldly. In order to enhance and capture these traits, I used very vibrant color enriched through the use of a UV light. The abstract nature of the images also lends itself to multiple interpretations as to what these image could possibly mean or contain within them.”
  • Chelsea Walker:  “My work is contrasted in two series. The first investigates the movement and rhythm of the human body by experimenting with long exposures and color filters. The second explores the activity of the natural world found in bugs. Each creature has its own unique continuation through life. My work aims to examine the locomotive similarities and differences that can occur between living things.”
  • Rebecca JacobsRebecca Jacobs:  “Over the years I have found myself continually drawn to the same subject matter—finding small, hidden parts of daily reality that to me are metaphors for emotional and mental sensations.  ‘Affinity’ explores qualities of light and dark, such as how light piercing through a window or being reflected on a wall creates its own world. I hope to convey to the viewer the experience of seeing physical spaces express emotional places.”
  • Zach NeSmith:  “I am creating conceptual works in .gif format that study the relationship between memes, the internet, information technology and multimedia imaging. They are an exploration of photography and moving images in the age of information technology. Subject matter ranges from the comical, surreal, to abstract glitch art, as well as more traditional, reflective pieces.”
  • James Still:  “Objects, in the process of serving their utilitarian functions, often take on certain attributes that distinguish that object from another. The chair is the ultimate tool for comfort, and they are normally connected to the people that will eventually sit in them.  When something inhuman is found on a chair we can tell right away that something isn’t right.  This combo of chair and object sets up an almost comedic portrait highlighting the disconnect between the human world and the tools that inhabit it.”



Hart Witzen, 136 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, NC 28206.

For a Map and Parking Info, CLICK HERE.  Parking is located next to the building.

For further information, please contact the Hart Witzen Gallery at 704.334.1177.

Opening Tonight: The Exquisite Corpse Project

Exquisite Corpse

Video, Music, and Reading Prompts for Art Installation

You are cordially invited

to attend the opening of

The Exquisite Corpse Project…

McLaurin Student Gallery, #316

February 14th, 2013

7:00-9:00 p.m.


Collaborative Art Project:  Grassroots Initiative in the Department of Fine Arts

Collaborative Art Project:
Grassroots Initiative in the Department of Fine Arts

Contributing Artists Include: 

Andrew Davis, Sarah Kinard, Amanda Foshag, Nadia Blackmon, Laura Haynes, Holly Johnson, Rita Fair, Tom Stanley, Sarah Cason, Julie Thompson, Paul Martyka, Lee Ann Harrison, Jon Hoffman, Sarah Gregory, Chelsea Arthur, Kaitlin Spellman, Jon Prichard, Charlotte Coolik, Sarah Scherini, Erin Mitchell, Foozhan Kashkooli, Nathan Dodds, Mark Hamilton and Seymour Simmons’ Figure Drawing ARTS 121 Class.

Sculptures from 2 MFA Students on exhibit in Charlotte


Two of our MFA students, Lauren Puckett and Lee Ann Harrison, have work debuting in Found: A Found Object Assemblage Art Showcase, at AKA Creative, a gallery and venue in South End Charlotte.  Lauren presents a fiber-based sculptural light box and Lee Ann presents a narrative wall sculpture.  Please join us for the opening this Saturday, December 15th, starting at 7:30pm.

Details below:

Opening of

Found:  A Found Object Assemblage Art Showcase

December 15, 2012

7:30pm until…

AKA Creative, 316 Remount Road, Charlotte, NC

Culture Initiative

Culture Initiative

Found features 60 local and regional artists’ assemblage pieces. The title of the event, Found, is closely tied to the assemblage pieces that will be on display during this event. Assemblage is an artistic process that uses found objects in new ways, allowing the artists and audience to find meaning in unconventional arrangements.  The art exhibit runs from December 15th, 2012, through February 4th, 2013.

In addition to assemblage pieces, the opening will showcase a wide array of musical talent and live paintings. Doors open at 7:30pm.  Musical Performances by local band Sinners and Saints, Charleston singer/songwriter Rachel Kate, and Columbia group, The Black Iron Gathering, will lend an organic feel to the event while DJs That Guy Smitty and Justin Aswell will spin records in the gallery.

Culture Initiative was founded in 2008 by Joel Tracey and Arthur Brouthers in hopes of expanding the art community in Charlotte. Using a grassroots approach, Culture Initiative stresses artist involvement and encourages thinking outside the box. Past events have included numerous gallery shows and multimedia exhibitions. For the second year, the anniversary party will be held at AKA Creative, a newly established gallery and venue in South End Charlotte.

Tickets On Sale Now at www.akacreative.com

VIP Tickets:

ONLY 50 VIP tickets available online only ($10 each)
o 1 Admittance
o 1 Free bar drink
o 1 CI4 print

or “At the Door” Tickets

Door Fee = $10 (does not include drink or print)

Keep up with the details at http://www.facebook.com/events/434140199985709/
Check out the video from last year… http://vimeo.com/54597858

Read on…Interview with Winthrop Art Education Students about their upcoming Senior Show

Art Education Seniors from Winthrop University

Art Education Seniors from Winthrop University

We shared a moment visiting Dr. Laura Gardner‘s Art Education class, Principles of Teaching Art, and interviewing her students:  Allyson Butler, Ember Estridge, Lydia Fraser, Melissa Littlejohn, Sarah Walker, Katherine Ware, and Laura Zellmer.  They have an upcoming show entitled “And Away We Grow” featuring their artwork and the area’s K-8 Students.  The show debuts on December 7th, 2012, in the Lewandowski Gallery in McLaurin Hall on Winthrop campus.  “And Away We Grow” will be on display until January 18th, 2013.

Please join us for the opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00pm to celebrate the Winthrop Senior Art Education students’ and the area K-8 students’ accomplishments.

In the meantime, enjoy highlights and excerpts from our conversation with the future of ART, our Winthrop Art Educators….                                     

Dr. Gardner’s intro…

For our 10th Annual Art Education Senior Show we explored the idea of growth. We asked ourselves: what is the meaning of the concept? How might we relate the idea of growth to elementary and middle school aged children through art making and art teaching?

We looked at several meanings of the word: seasons, process over time, patterns, metamorphosis, complete/incomplete, and recurring were some. We determined that each of us approached the concept in different ways based on our experience and interpretation. And because our show was to include the artwork of the students we were working with in our field experience in K-8 Clover, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill schools, the developmental age of those students needed to be taken into consideration in order to create an age appropriate lesson.

What you see in “And Away We Grow” are those lessons, an interpretation of the idea of growth, designed by each pre-service art education student for the developmental age of the students they worked with this semester.

Listening intentlyQuestions to Winthrop Art Education students:

What surprised you most about this coursework?

  • “It was more successful than I thought it would be.  Not as ‘surprised,’ as much as ‘aware’ of the course’s outcome.  I worked on collographs with the 6th and 7th graders…most students were really happy with what they discovered <in their art>.”
  • “ I was surprised to see the artists’ views.  We started with an idea in class, what art can mean, and it moved into how to interpret metaphorical concepts.  I was surprised with the <students’> creative capacity.”
  • “ I was surprised with the different skills of the <middle school> students.  Some were college level and completely engaged with the project.  Some were ahead of middle school and some were behind.  I modified the project to respond to the artist.”

What have you learned in one of your projects?

  • “I learned the entire collograph process.  Dr. Gardner gave me good feedback to help with the structure of the project.”
  • “I learned what things to teach…what information to share and how (and when) to present new techniques within the project timeframe.”
  • “I learned when to do demonstrations, how to balance the pacing and deconstructing of the assignments.  I know not to assume that they know the art technique, but I am also careful to not talk down to the student.  I always speak to them with respect.”Students from Dr. Gardner's Class

What new techniques are you applying in your curriculum and artwork?

  • “I am connecting art within our community.  I want to include the community in our lesson plans.  I go out to gather supplies…for example, Styrofoam meat trays for print blocks to use with stamping and printing.  I ask for supplies from different sources and people.  I reach out for outside sources.  I feel like engaging our community helps students learn about themselves and the community around them.”

What will we see at your upcoming show?  Tell us about it….

  • “You will see student artwork that represents our lesson plans for students.  Our theme is <Growth>.”
  • “My collection focuses on using patterns and tradition.  For example, I brought in my Grandmother’s quilt to the 3rd graders.  The quilt is old and has been passed down through the generations.  I shared that this heritage is a part of “You.”  I talked about the symbolism of the quilt being passed down.  We also discussed the quilt and its visual representation.”
  • “We interpreted through the artistic process.  We are showing our finished pieces and works in progress and various collaging techniques.”
  • “I worked with 3rd graders in a Printmaking Project.  They used the theme interpreted through their personal experience.  They came up with a plan using the same printmaking block, printing 3 prints to a page, adding in detail as it changed over time with their additions to the design.  I think they enjoyed the learning process because they could see the growth in their work – both in their personal experience and in their technique.”

What do you see as the biggest obstacle in Art Education in our future…what is a challenge that we need to address?

Discussion during classResponses include…

  • “Keeping <art> relevant.”
  • “People may underestimate Art Educators.  Our job is to prove them wrong.  Sometimes we are not seen as real artists or teachers.  I believe in the art of teaching.”
  • “As artists and art educators, it is hard for us to find time to be our own artists.  I have to work hard to find time to do my artwork.”
  • “Since some people are getting rid of the field <of art education>, I think we need to show how important the field is.”
  • “We need to be advocates for art and for art education.”

As you complete your education and teaching experience at Winthrop, predict your future:

  • “A job would be nice.  I am visualizing a job in the elementary or middle school.”
  • “A job – any age level.  I want to move forward knowing that the students who know me are leaving school with a newfound love and appreciation of art.  I also want them to love and see the value in art and the making <of art.>”
  • “I want to move into my future with a balance between being a teacher and an artist.  I also want to create children’s books.  I learn from the students and what they learn from their artwork.”

Any other quotes or comments that you want to share from your students?

  • “I will always remember the students giving me hugs.  They would run really quickly out of the classroom to say ‘Hi’ or ‘Bye.’”
  • “The 6th graders asking…are you going to be back in our class again?”
  • “I think it says something when the kids don’t want you to leave. “
  • “The kids recognized me and said “hi”….shows our connection.”
  • “Once, when I was wearing my Winthrop name tag, a student said, ‘You’re so lucky – you get to teach here and at Winthrop.”
  • “My last name is ‘Littlejohn’ and the kids commented on how tall I am yet my last name is ‘Littlejohn.’”
  • “I heard the kids say, ‘Thanks for listening.’”
  • “I taught in the 7th Grade.  We had a class clown in our class and during a watercolor demo using salt, he decided to be funny and put the salt in his mouth.  When we told him everyone’s hands had been in the salt, he dramatically started removing the salt from his mouth with his hands.  We all laughed.  It was a really fun class that day.”

    Dr. Laura Gardner

    Dr. Laura Gardner

We end on a quote from Dr. Gardner on her own experiences with the Art Education Seniors through their field placement and their coursework…..

“As they crossed the bridge from being students to teaching students, I watched them flower before my eyes.  This is the one thing  I am always looking for in my work – transformation.  I saw transformation with this group.  They are ready to be Art Teachers.”

Thank you to the following Art Education Seniors for visiting with us.  Thank you to Dr. Gardner for inviting us.  And thanks to all for your contributions in the art world.  Best wishes in your future!

Allyson Butler

Ember Estridge

Lydia Fraser

Melissa Littlejohn

Sarah Walker

Katherine Ware

and Laura Zellmer

This Friday: Reception for Raw Baggage by Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson, installing her Raw Baggage show

Julie Thompson presents Raw Baggage, her latest collection of art on display in the 3rd floor McLaurin Student Galleries at Winthrop University.  Raw Baggage runs from November 25th through December 1st, 2012.

Please join us for the Reception:

Friday, November 30th, 2012


3rd Floor McLaurin Student Galleries, #314 and #316

Winthrop University

For more information on Julie, you may visit her website:  CLICK HERE or visit our previous blog interview where she shared her artistic visions and her future plans:  Julie Thompson Interview.

Shameless self-promotion ahead… Thursday Night’s Art Opening – Bindings


Drop by for the opening of Bindings, a collection of artwork, yes…by me.  Forgive the self-promotion, but I hope my offer of food helps with your decision.  Oh… the art, too, of course.

Here is the serious part …{ahem}:

Art Installation by Lee Ann Harrison

You are invited….no strings attached.

Bindings is a social commentary art installation exploring family restraints, diversity, discrimination, and inclusion.

You are cordially invited to attend.  I promise the hanging lady will let you leave.  Afterwards, let’s trek to Art Frenzy for STOP #2 of a 3-stop Thursday night art adventure!

Details below:

Bindings Art Opening

Thursday night

November 15, 2012

6:00 to 7:30pm

Winthrop University

McLaurin Student Gallery

3rd Floor, #316

Tonight, Tonight, Tonight… “Let’s Just Call it…Brains” Art Opening


Join us in Winthrop’s McLaurin Student Gallery, 3rd Floor, #314, at 7:00pm to view an exhibition of the latest and greatest artwork by Tori Bailey, a Winthrop Fine Arts Student.  Food, Art, and Good Conversation…some of the best things in life.Art Exhibition by Tori Bailey

Oh and…Bring your brains. 

You are invited….Gallery Talk and Reception for Tom Stanley



Clinton Junior College’s DALTON GALLERY Presents:

Untitled Exhibition: Works by Tom Stanley

Gallery Talk & Reception for the Artist:  Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.  Free & open to the public.

The paintings in this exhibition represent Stanley’s ongoing interest in silhouette as well as technical drawing or drafting. Exhibit dates: October 1, 2012 – January 25, 2013

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm, Fridays 9:00am – 5:00pm


Clinton Junior College’s Dalton Gallery ▪ 1029 Crawford Road ▪ Rock Hill, SC 29730
CLICK HERE for directions.  For more information on CJC, CLICK HERE.

FYI:  CJC’s Dalton Gallery is located in the foyer of the library in the back of campus – plenty of free parking.

For additional details, please contact Marie Cheek, Associate Professor of Art and Dalton Gallery Director at Clinton Junior College.  You may also visit the Dalton Gallery website HERE.

For more information on Tom Stanley, Chair of Fine Arts; Associate Professor of Fine Arts; and Program Advisor for Master of Fine Arts at Winthrop University, and his artwork, please visit this article in Charlotte Viewpoint.


We look forward to your presence at the opening!