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DCCC to inspire a “Wise Outlook” during the Fall 2019 Art Show

Two Eastern Screech Owls pose in woods.

The event’s theme of “Wise Outlook” finds its inspiration from photographer Dennis Pollard’s “Screech Owls.” The show featured 70 pieces of unique art with a diverse range of media and subjects from local, state and regional artists.

September 4, 2019 – Davidson County Community College hosts its fall art show this Tuesday, September 10, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mendenhall Building on the Davidson campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The event seeks to provide a “Wise Outlook” as its theme for the Fall 2019 semester. DCCC students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to interact with the various artists and their works during the showcase. The collection features a wide variety of media and artistic styles ranging from painting and digital photography to 3-D works and pottery.

One local artist, Misty Biros of Lexington, brings a diverse array of subject matter to the show. Her work in watercolor stems from her observations and photographs of her surroundings at home and abroad. Biros believes art is the physical expression of emotion derived from life’s adventures.

“I am thrilled to share my works with the students, faculty and public,” Biros said. “I hope it gives them insight to our natural world, makes them pause and think how important these elements are to our lives.”

The reception represents a collection of art from eleven local, state and regional artists.

Kathy Johnson is another local artist from Lexington. Using a wet cyanotype process, or chemicals and sunlight to create photographic images, Johnson experiments with methods and different stencils, objects and photograph negatives to create works of art grounded in nature.

Stephanie Briles, also of Lexington, is an acrylic artist. Briles is most known for her life-like pet portraits. She frequently donates her work to the ST Furever Freedom Animal Rescue she co-founded with her sister. These paintings often serve as opportunities to spotlight homeless animals and encourage adoption.

The show’s featured artist, whose photograph “Screech Owls” inspired the evening’s theme and postcard, is Dennis Pollard of Pinnacle. Studying photography for the past 40 years, Pollard says photography has expanded his love of the outdoors and nature. He enjoys using both traditional and computer-enhanced photographic art.

Cara Bevan of Trinity brings sculpture to the show. Bevan uses her art to tell the stories of animals and their beauty. Her work seeks to share the love for, as she describes them, our furry, feathery and scaly friends.

Asheville’s Christa Elizabeth Capua incorporates collage, painting, drawing and image transfers into her art. She explores the themes of sacred geometry, the life cycle and instinctual knowledge and the collective unconscious. Religious artifacts inspire her artwork, as well as many artists and styles such as Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg.

Olga Sam, or more formally known as Volha Samuila, of Charlotte works in oil painting. Her process works to discover unique details and unknown sides of nature through portraying landscapes, figures, faces and experimenting with color, form and texture.

Waxhaw-based artist Deborah Kern also works in oils. After two decades exploring various locations both foreign and domestic, her work takes on a feminine quality in line and form with Gothic, romantic, expressionistic and emotionally-charged tones.

Jessica Borchert is from Jefferson City, Tennessee. She utilizes oil, graphite, acrylic and watercolor in her artwork. She focuses on evoking imagery and the psychology of color in hopes of appealing to emotions from the viewer in her paintings and drawings.

Winton-Salem-based Kristen Bonner is currently a senior at Salem College with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology. Bonner enjoys experimenting with different media and styles. She will feature works using pastel and wet cyanotype at the show.

Neha Makim of Jamestown is a watercolor artist. Her current work is influenced by her travels and desire to include Indian influences and motifs into her art. Her goal is to try to see commonplace scenarios with an artistic view.

The collection will be featured on the first and second floors of the Mendenhall Building for the entirety of the fall semester.

About Davidson County Community College

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.

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