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18 Apr Artist Spotlight: Sharon Forthofer

Sharon Forthofer grew up on a farm in northern Indiana. She earned a masters degree in education and taught for 24 years in Indiana. Sharon studied art and oil painting with portrait artists, Cleda Curtis-Neal and Tom Edgerton. She participated in still life, figurative and plein air painting workshops in the United States and in Europe.
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04 Apr Artist Spotlight: J Vernon Art

Like many artists, J Vernon Abernethy’s J Vernon Structures in Art natural sculptures is a labor of love. The emphasis is on labor. Step around one of his bird house installations to see an engaging exchange of telling nature’s story. His works are both for outdoors and indoors. In his latest exhibitions, he has humor mixed into a fairytale magical display where fairies and gnomes exist in his land of enchantment. He personally sparks an interest that tells a story in each of his hand crafted sculpted pieces.
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12 Jan Artist Spotlight: Patricia Boyer

“While drawing free-hand and art has been a passion in her life throughout, Tricia has been inspired over the past 6 months to paint. Her beautiful and colorful acrylic painting began during late sleepless, mind-wondering nights due to the illness and passing of her loved-ones. The passion behind her paintings is knowing that she can make herself and others smile, no matter what each was going through in their lives, be it cancer or depression. She uses the colors to express her feelings and to release her emotions, the colors in her paintings represent her thoughts. Tricia is inspired tremendously by her autistic brother, and daughter who also draw.”
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02 Aug Artist Spotlight: Terry Vedder

I have recently been exposed to the Art Form of Mixed Media which has sparked my interest. This Art Form uses a large spectrum of materials that can take many many forms. I enjoy the freedom to use a group of unrelated materials to create an expression. I like to refer to my work as “Assemblages”. It consists of hunting and gathering the objects and materials to be put together in interesting and curious layouts. I start with a theme and build upon, layer on to it. This result is a most unusual and unique expression.
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02 Aug Artist Spotlight: Thel Petty

Jazz guitarist, Thel Petty, performs regularly in the Carolinas in a variety of settings and venues with a number of great players in the Charlotte area. Self-taught as a teenager, he played rock and R&B in the late 1970’s and 80’. His musical interest turned to jazz when in high school he was the guitarist for the school jazz band as well as other R&B and funk bands.
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02 Aug Artist Spotlight: Daisy Schenone

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“My life experience is the foundation of my creativity. When there is a scenery strikes me, I take a picture. It can be because of its beauty, its sentiment or its profoundness which echoes in my heart. Also, sometimes, I just paint what is in my mind and what I feel.”
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01 Aug Artist Spotlight: Kelly Aiken

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Kelly Aiken is a 20-something artist living in the greater Charlotte area. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture Design. Kelly worked for The Paint Bar as an Assistant Creative Director and Studio Instructor, teaching art to customers in the Boston, MA area. Kelly moved to Charlotte and worked as an E- Interior Designer for Havenly, Inc. while teaching art classes at Wine and Canvas.
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29 May Artist Spotlight: J. R. Thornburg

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I start with a line or shape that feels good and start building on that until a picture begins to emerge. I’ve developed a set of rules for myself over the years to keep from going off the rails (which still happens sometimes). My main rule is that there are no mistakes, just opportunities to take the drawing in a new direction.
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23 May Artist Spotlight: Asra Rae

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I was one of those kids that found what I loved and KNEW. I never stopped wanting to be an artist. I walked away from the corporate world when I graduated college and never looked back. I’ve been self-employed by my art since.
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04 May Artist Spotlight: Elise Jokell

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Elise Jokell’s background is in drawing and sculpture, and she brings her influences into her photography not with a flourish, but with storytelling. She studied art in Charlotte, Boston, and Florence, Italy, and then graduated from the New York Institute of Photography.
“I am always learning, and open and ready to explore new ways to express the individual nature of my subjects. My goal is to capture the truth in my images, with an artistic eye, whatever form they may take.”

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