Category Archives: Art

Hand-blown glass items available during Dogwood Festival 

East Carolina University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication and the School of Art and Design’s GlasStation will have a public sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 as part of Farmville’s annual Dogwood Festival.

The GlasStation is the home of ECU glassblowing classes and opened in 2017 in a former gas station at 3732-B W. Wilson St. in Farmville, about 15 miles west of main campus. Hand-blown glass is a new curriculum area for ECU and the only one in the UNC system.

The sale will feature hundreds of hand-blown items including flowers, paperweights, vases, bowls, tumblers and a variety of other items made throughout the year. This is one of only two public sales that happen each year. The next sale will be in December.

All proceeds will support the GlasStation.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours before the event.

For more information, email glass@ecu.edu.

Illustration majors present senior exhibition

Illustration by Brittnee Bade

Illustration by Brittnee Bade

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery will host the 2018 BFA Senior Exhibition #2 for nine illustration candidates from April 24 through May 5.

The artists in the show are Timothy Bada, Brittnee Bade, Tristan Freitag, Lindsay Hutchins, Hillary Lehman, Elysia Netter, Michael Richardson, Jordan Scurlock and Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr.

A closing reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 4.

The exhibit and reception are open to the public.

The gallery is located off Fifth Street on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. The fine arts center is handicapped accessible.

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312 or visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery.

Left, illustration by Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr. Right, illustration by Lindsay Hutchins.

Left, illustration by Clinton Lamonte Todd Jr. Right, illustration by Lindsay Hutchins.

 

-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

Laupus Library’s leadership worthy of national celebration

This week, Laupus Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead our communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study — they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

“The History of PTSD: How Cultural Narratives Affect the Patient Experience” will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 9. (Contributed by Laupus Library)

“We promote our scholarship at a national level,” said Beth Ketterman, Laupus Library director. “Our library employees lead through active service in regional, state and national library associations. Next month, we have librarians speaking at the Medical Library Association on innovative ways we’ve transformed our collection development practices to best meet the needs of our university patrons. Our archivist, Layne Carpenter, relayed some of her interpretive expertise and practices at a recent Society of N.C. Archivists meeting.”

Ketterman said Laupus leads ECU’s Division of Health Sciences by introducing new services. One recent example is the launch of a systematic review service that provides authoritative and exhaustive searches for investigators in the health sciences.

“Our librarians conduct the searches and supply the literature search methodology for published reviews, and receive authorship credit for this very important partnership in the research process.”

Dr. Joseph Lee, assistant professor for the Department of Health Education and Promotion in the College of Health and Human Performance, recently completed a published review using the library’s service.

“Our collaboration with the systematic review service at Laupus provided information critical to the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of vaping (or e-cigarette) retailers,” he said.

“Our systematic review, which is published in Tobacco Control, was only possible with the expertise and collaboration of a librarian. This service is indispensable given the ever growing volume of scientific literature and the need to leverage high-quality scientific evidence to improve the health of the public.”

Also a leader in the provision of resources to support the division and area health practitioners, the library selects and ensures efficient access to thousands of journals, books and other resources.

“A unique and growing part of our collection is our anatomical models; in fact, we have the largest collection of these models of all health sciences libraries in the state, and that is due to Laupus’ responsiveness to student need,” said Ketterman.

As part of the celebration, the library is hosting free programs and exhibits during the week and into the later part of April.

An opening reception for art exhibit “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. (Contributed by Laupus Library)

An opening reception for “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. (Contributed by Laupus Library)

On Monday, April 9 the Medical History Interest Group lecture, “The History of PTSD: How Cultural Narratives Affect the Patient Experience,” presented by Dr. Sheena M. Eagan, assistant professor in the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery located on the fourth floor of Laupus Library.

On Tuesday, April 10 an opening reception will be held for art exhibit “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor of the library. On display through June 1, the exhibit showcases a collection of paintings and mixed media artworks by April Holbrook, administrative support specialist for clinical financial services in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The art exhibit is part of the library’s ongoing Art as Avocation series that explores artistic talents of faculty and staff from the health sciences.

On exhibit throughout the week in the fourth floor gallery is “Fighting for their Lives: Medical Practices During the American Civil War.” The exhibit examines how doctors and medical staff cared for soldiers, looking specifically at surgery, disease, infection and the role of hospitals. Items on display represent an unrecognizable era of medicine when amputations were common and anesthesia was fairly new.

The following week of April 16-20, Laupus will celebrate National Preservation Week with a variety of daily activities and demonstrations offered on the second floor of the library. Students and patrons will have the opportunity to learn more about book preservation, digitizing and photographing artifacts for the database, performing conservation on artifacts and archival materials, packing and storage of family heirlooms, and more about cultural heritage. Handouts and supplemental materials will be available each day.

Finishing out the month, the Country Doctor Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with “History Alive! A 50thAnniversary Celebration” – a family-friendly event that aims to offer visitors a glimpse into the past. Free activities will include museum tours, a petting zoo and horse drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Country Doctor Museum will offer horse drawn carriage rides as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. (Contributed by the Country Doctor Museum)

The Country Doctor Museum will offer horse drawn carriage rides as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. (Contributed by the Country Doctor Museum)

Acoustic and old-time music will be provided by DryBread Road, and a variety of food vendors will be present. The Aurora Fossil Museum, Joel Lane House, Imagination Station Science and History Museum, Aycock Birthplace and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum will offer free activities and demonstrations.

The Country Doctor Museum will also showcase a new exhibit, “The Sick Room: Home Comfort & Bedside Necessities,” which illustrates how an extended illness of a family member or loved one was a common part of life at the turn of the 20thcentury.

Opened in 1968, The Country Doctor Museum shares the history of medicine in rural America and is managed as part of the History Collections of Laupus Library. It is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America’s rural health care and is located in Bailey, N.C.

“None of what we do would be possible without the advocacy and commitment from our Friends of the Laupus Library,” said Ketterman. “The Friends promote the library and ensure that we have funds to enrich these programs and student-focused events when we wouldn’t otherwise be able to.”

Chairman of the Friends of Laupus Library Dr. John Papalas said, “As a Brody School of Medicine alumnus, I know how instrumental Laupus Library was to my success as well as the class of 2006. By being involved with the Friends, my support helps Laupus to continue to serve a growing health sciences division.”

Read more about the Friends in a photo story at https://spark.adobe.com/page/DoKdK0nuMj46g/.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information about Laupus Library, The Country Doctor Museum and the Friends of Laupus Library, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

Laupus Library exhibit shares stories of human emotion

Laupus Library will open the art exhibit “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps” with a 4:30-6:30 p.m. opening reception on April 10 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor of the library.

On display through June 1, the exhibit showcases a collection of paintings and mixed media artworks by April Holbrook, administrative support specialist for clinical financial services in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

The 2018 spring semester exhibit is part of the library’s ongoing Art as Avocation series that showcases and celebrates the artistic talents and self-expression of faculty, staff and students from the Division of Health Sciences.

Artist April Holbrook’s collection offers relatable connections between artistic expression and human emotion. (Contributed photo)

Artist April Holbrook’s collection offers relatable connections between artistic expression and human emotion. (Contributed photo)

“Art is my therapy,” said Holbrook. “I feel as if every soul on this earth is here to leave some mark on the world and I feel my purpose was to create things to make others feel like they are not alone.”

“April’s works are truly stunning,” said Beth Ketterman, director of Laupus Library. “I am so grateful that she’s willing to share these pieces with us for the exhibit, not only because they convey a range of emotion and experiences that are relatable, but also because she elevates the mediums in which she chooses to work. She’s got a rare talent and Laupus is proud we are able to exhibit on her behalf.”

Born in Durham as a first-generation American after her family immigrated from Germany in the early 1970s for the pursuit of higher education, Holbrook’s mother attended Duke University and later became a cardiologist, and her father worked as the bank president. While neither of her parents were fine artists and never understood what they referred to as a “waste of time,” her grandmother loved to draw and fully supported Holbrook’s dream to become an artist.

Holbrook later attended the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in social art and a minor in graphic design.

Holbrook’s paintings and mixed media artworks are created with a variety of mediums including pencil, sharpie, watercolor and acrylic.

Absorbing the tradition of remembrance art into her collection, she uses daily life as the subject matter for her pieces. Stories about life’s challenges, the innocence of childhood and the loss of that innocence with the coming of age are shared through her paintings to express the relatable experiences of everyday people.

Her hope is that visitors of the 12-piece exhibit will find a piece of themselves somewhere in this story of human emotion.

“At times in our life the spark for the things we love goes out and is rekindled by a great opportunity,” said Holbrook. “I give the deepest of thanks to Laupus Library for relighting that spark and allowing others to witness a part of me, my love for art and my world through this deeply personal collection.”

The Friends of Laupus Library supports the Art as Avocation series and reception.

Laupus Library is currently seeking artists for 2018-2019 exhibitions. To learn more about the series or to showcase your work, visit www.ecu.edu/laupuslibrary/events/artasavocation or contact Kelly Rogers Dilda at rogerske@ecu.edu or 252-744-2232.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

Exhibit celebrates 10 years of study abroad in Italy

Photograph by Jim Abbott

A photograph by ECU faculty member Jim Abbott

“Made in Italy: Italy Intensives,” a celebration of the 10th anniversary of East Carolina University’s study abroad program in Certaldo Alto, Italy, will be on display Feb. 2-22 in the Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery at ECU.

Photographer and ECU faculty member Jim Abbott will give a talk about his large selection of photographs in the show at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in Speight Auditorium.

The exhibition features work by artists who have taught in the study abroad program. ECU instructors included in the exhibition are metal design teachers Marissa Saneholtz, Tim Lazure, Jennifer Wells, Mi Sook Hur, Cristopher Hentz, Barbara Minor Hentz, Linda Darty and James Malenda; drawing and painting teachers Jill Eberle, Michael Ehlbeck, Catherine Walker-Bailey, Michael Voors and Kelly Adams; photography teachers Dan Bailey, James Henkel and Abbott; book arts teacher Terry Smith; and administrative staff and teaching assistants Stuart Watson, Lucy Clark and Chris Ellenbogen.

Art piece

A piece by metal design teacher Marissa Saneholtz

The gallery is located off of Fifth and Jarvis streets in ECU’s Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed for all university holidays.

Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least two weeks before the event at 252-737-1016.

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312, or visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery.

 

-by Harley Dartt, University Communications

Spring 2018 ECU After School Art Classes

Students create interdisciplinary artworks with a variety of two- and three-dimensional media under the instruction of undergraduate art education students, who are supervised by a university art education faculty member.

Pre-Registration:  Jan. 3 – Feb. 10, 2018
Cost: $10.00 per class

Visit epay.ecu.edu/arted for registration information.

If you have any questions please contact the instructor listed below. 

3rd-5th Grade Class:
Tuesday Class begins Feb. 6, Meeting Time: 4:00-5:00 pm.
Contact Person: Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green at bickleygreenc@ecu.edu
Class meets in Jenkins Fine Arts Center Room 1327
Class doesn’t meet on Mar. 6 and concludes on Apr. 17.

3rd-5th Grade Class:
Wednesday Class begins Jan. 31, Meeting Time: 2:30-3:30 pm.
Contact Person: Dr. Robert Quinn at quinnr@ecu.edu
Class meets at Wahl-Coates Elementary School
Class doesn’t meet on Mar. 7 or Apr. 4 and concludes on Apr. 18.

Multi-Age Inclusive Class:
Wednesday Class begins Feb. 7, Meeting Time: 4:30-5:30 pm.
Contact Person: Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green at bickleygreenc@ecu.edu
Class meets in Jenkins Fine Arts Center Room 1327
Class doesn’t meet on Mar. 7 and concludes on Apr. 18.

Five exhibits spotlight ECU Material Topics Symposium

From Jan. 5 through Jan. 25, the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University will present the Materials Topics Exhibitions, five shows to be held in collaboration with the ninth annual ECU Material Topics Symposium.

exhibition artwork

The exhibitions will feature artwork by Charity Hall, Sharon Massey, and Joanne Lang and Hailee Manipole. Lang is an ECU graduate student and the others are ECU alumni. (contributed photos)

The symposium will be held Jan. 12-14. ECU hosts the symposium each January for people interested in metal, material or adornment with experience ranging from beginners or hobbyists to professional jewelers and metal artists. This year’s theme is “Deconstruct/Reconstruct.”

A reception honoring the exhibitors will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. A special symposium reception will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

“Vitreous Voices” will be one of three exhibits inside the main gallery. Organized by ECU alumna Barbara McFadyen and retired ECU professor emeritus Bob Ebendorf, it is a juried exhibition of enameled works honoring the tradition that professor Linda Darty started at ECU.

“Spoon” is organized by ECU metal design professor Tim Lazure and is an invitational show of spoons of all shapes and sizes.exhibition artwork

“Ripple Effect 168” is organized by ECU graduate student Adam Atkinson and Everett Hoffman, a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. This collaborative show between the metalsmithing programs at ECU and VCU is meant to foster connections and explore new work directions.

“Smitten Forum” will be located in the African Art Room/Special Collections Gallery at the rear of the main gallery. The work is by a group of invited artists organized by ECU alumna Marissa Saneholtz and Winthrop University faculty member Sara Brown.

On display Jan. 12-14 in the gallery foyer, the “Snail Mail Project Snail Mail Project” is a pop-up enameled decal show based on postcards from Ebendorf. It is organized by ECU alumna Kat Cole and Andrew Kuebeck, assistant professor and area head of the jewelry, metals and enameling program at Kent State University.

The Material Topics Symposium is a student-run event founded in 2009 by ECU alumna Laura Wood. Students and faculty from seven universities participated in the first show, which has grown to attendees from more than 45 institutions from California to Florida.

ECU’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off Fifth and Jarvis streets in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery
is closed for all university holidays.

The center is handicapped accessible. Individuals requesting accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours before the event. For more information, call 252-328-1312, visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery or go to https://ecusymposium.wordpress.com/.

 

Contact: Tom Braswell, interim Wellington B. Gray Gallery director, 252-328-1312 or BRASWELLG@ecu.edu 

ECU hosts art sales, concerts to celebrate season

East Carolina University will usher in the holiday season in the coming weeks with planned art sales and concerts.

Beginning Nov. 30, the School of Art and Design will hold its annual Holiday Art Sale at the Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St., Greenville.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. A special member preview for Friends of the School of Art and Design and Friends of the Greenville Museum of Art will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.

Hand-blown glass ornaments have been made by ECU glassblowing instructor Mike Tracy for the Dec. 9 holiday sale. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Hand-blown glass ornaments have been made by ECU glassblowing instructor Mike Tracy for the Dec. 9 holiday sale. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

The annual holiday sale features a diverse range of art pieces created by ECU students from all areas of study including ceramics, drawing, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and more.

Proceeds from the sale benefit ECU students and student guilds. For more information, contact Angela Franks Wells at wellsa@ecu.edu or 252-737-4639.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the School of Music will present a free outdoor performance of TubaChristmas from noon until 1 p.m. in front of the A. J. Fletcher Music Building.

ECU instructor Mike Tracy makes one of 500 ornaments planned for the School of Art and Design’s Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale.

ECU instructor Mike Tracy makes one of 500 ornaments planned for the School of Art and Design’s Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale.

ECU professors Stephen Ivany and Jarrod Williams, ECU students and community musicians will perform traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for a large ensemble of tubas, baritones, euphoniums and sousaphones.

Local musicians who play baritone, euphonium, tuba or sousaphone are invited to participate with a $10 fee to benefit the Harvey Phillips Foundation. Musician registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Merry TubaChristmas concerts will be presented in more than 275 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries this year. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to all the great teachers who represent their heritage and lead audiences in holiday sing-a-longs. The warm, rich, organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of worldwide audiences.

If there is rain, heavy snow or temperatures below 34 degrees, the performance will be moved inside the A. J. Fletcher Music Building. For more information, call 252-328-1693.

That same weekend, the School of Music will hold its annual Holiday Band Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Holiday favorites will be performed by the ECU Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the baton of director Scott Carter, culminating with their signature rendition of “Sleigh Ride.”

 

A hand-blown glass ornament takes shape in the GlasStation in Farmville.

A hand-blown glass ornament takes shape in the GlasStation in Farmville.

The program will feature a tribute to military service members and their families performed by ECU faculty members and veterans Douglas Monroe, clarinet, formerly of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and Jarrod Williams, tuba, formerly of the U.S. Naval Academy Band.

Santa is expected to make an appearance. For more information, call 252-328-6851 or email Scott Carter at carterr@ecu.edu.

And on Dec. 9, the School of Art and Design will host a Hand-blown Holiday Ornament Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the GlasStation, 3732-B W. Wilson St., Farmville.

The public sale features hundreds of hand-blown glass holiday ornaments in many different styles and colors, as well as an assortment of other glasswork that has been made at the GlasStation throughout the year.

There also will be glassblowing demonstrations during the sale. For more information, contact instructor Mike Tracy at tracym16@ecu.edu or 757-748-8121.

 

-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services and Harley Dartt, University Communications 

ECU’s School of Art and Design to host textile exhibit Nov. 1-17

A textile exhibit, “Fold Unfold,” will be on display in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University from Nov. 1 through Nov. 17.

An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to coincide with Uptown Greenville’s First Friday ArtWalk, which showcases new exhibits and discounts at participating restaurants and shops.

Curators Susan Falls and Jessica Smith will discuss their collaborative research and the development of the project in a gallery talk, “Fold Unfold: When Coverlets meet Op Art,” on Friday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

Falls, professor of anthropology, and Smith, professor of fibers, both at the Savannah College of Art and Design, invited more than 100 artists from the U.S. and Canada to weave objects that could be folded and unfolded, and were the size of typical 19th century coverlets. The weavers were asked to consider the patterning of 19th and early 20th century American coverlets but to use a modernist color scheme of black, white and gray.

A slide show and catalog of each coverlet will accompany the exhibition.

Robin Haller, professor of textile design at ECU, has a piece in the exhibit along with other North Carolina weavers Dani Burke, Barb Butler, Cassie Dickson, Melanie Wilder, Deanna Lynch, Laura Magdycz, Gabrielle Duggan and Nicole Asselin.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. The center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least two weeks before the event at 252-737-1016. For more information, visit www.ecu.edu/gray/gallery.

Contact: Tom Braswell, interim Wellington B. Gray Gallery director, 252-328-1312 or BRASWELLG@ecu.edu

 

-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

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