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Art

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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12 Apr Artist Spotlight: Andy Thomas

Although Andy Thomas has been passionate about being an artist since his childhood, it was just recently that this native Charlottean began pursuing a career in art. In fact, it wasn’t until 2017 that he began sharing his art with the rest of the world.
Andy started out drawing cartoon characters and the images he saw in his comic books. He always thought of himself as more of an illustrator than a painter. He continued to develop his skills in high school and then decided to go to UNC Charlotte and focus on Illustration, Graphic Design and Art History.

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06 Apr Artist Spotlight: Jack Whitaker

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Jack Whitaker is a native of the Appalachian mountains and foothills of Greenville, South Carolina. The influence of his childhood in the western North Carolina mountains evolved into the basis for the paintings of his adult life, where he studied Art and Engineering at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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28 Mar Artist Spotlight: Brian Hester

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Brian Hester defines himself as an angling painter and sculptor with a developed passion and intellect for fly-fishing, which is the subject of his work featured this month at Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery’s “The 2nd Annual Art of Gentlemanly Pursuits”.
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