A piece from the exhibition “Entwined” at the Strickland Art Gallery. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
By NATALIE SAYEWICH
Friday, February 8, 2013
Art galleries and exhibition spaces are coming together for a countywide exhibition for the first time, and their collaboration, despite the fact that they compete for business with one another, speaks to the theme of their event: Love.
A total of 13 separate spaces in Pitt County will be participating in the Love Exhibition in February, with each one hosting an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. today.
Barbour Strickland, owner of Strickland Art Gallery, came up with the idea and has been working for more than a year to see it come to fruition. He estimates the themed exhibition in which every gallery in the county is participating is a first in the state’s history.
“My idea of doing this was to increase the awareness of what a great arts scene we have in Greenville and what a growing and vibrant arts scene we have,” he said, “and to show collaboration with all the galleries — we compete for people, but we’re all in it for the same thing. We’re all collaborating on this.”
Galleries have been left to their own devices to decide how they want to interpret the love theme. Some have chosen to display juried exhibitions, while others feature individual artists.
Strickland Art Gallery will exhibit “Entwined,” ceramic works by Catherine Coulter Lloyd, who received her master of fine arts degree from East Carolina University.
“I told the artist ‘this needs to have some sort of love theme,’ so she came up with the title of ‘Entwined,’” Strickland said.
“The ceramic pieces are about nature and architecture and how they relate.”
A piece done by Coulter Lloyd years ago comprised of three separate large panels called “My Mother’s Garden” reeled Strickland in, and was a must when he asked her to do the show.
“I said, ‘I want the wall pieces,’ and she said, ‘I don’t have any,’ and I said, ‘well just make some.’”
So she is currently crafting wall pieces and sculptural jars specifically for this exhibition.
“I’ve seen one of the pieces that she did years ago that’s going to be the basis for these new pieces that she’s working on now,” Strickland said.
The Greenville Museum of Art got its Visual Art Academy students (grades 5-8) involved when deciding what to feature from the museum’s collection.
“They’re students in fifth through eighth grades and they do all sorts of art projects, but they also learn a lot about the collection, so we let them choose,” GMA executive director Charlott Fitz Daniels said.
Strickland, who was the director at GMA from 1992 to 2006, is especially excited to see what pieces the students felt best represented the theme.
“I’m familiar with every single piece in the collection, so that will be interesting for me to see what those students selected.”
Galleries will decide how long their love exhibitions will run.
“Most of the exhibits will be up for at least a week, some for like three months,” Strickland said. “You can pick and choose who you want to go to on the opening night, but these will be up for a while.”
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via The Daily Reflector.