'Imaginations Revealed' opens in Central Carolina C.C. Student Gallery
'Imaginations Revealed,' Central Carolina Community College's EmergingrnArtists Exhibition, is at ... (more)
rnRichard Berent, of Holly Springs, shown with two of his welded, dyedrnand polished aluminum ... (more)
Andrew Dixon, of Moncure, shown with his glazed ceramic piece,rn'Connected' (front) and metal sculpture, ... (more)
Raymond Edwards, of Asheboro, shown with two of his pieces, 'From Here to Heaven' (left) and 'Big ... (more)
Tess Janka, of Apex, shown setting up some of her ceramic works by the gallery's glass front.
Lisa Wichalonis, of Raleigh, shown with two of her untitled metal sculptures.
SILER CITY - Creative imagination and artistic skill abound inrn"Imaginations Revealed," Central Carolina Community College's EmergingrnArtists Exhibition.
Fromrnthe polished aluminum "Transition: A Self Portrait," by metal sculpturernstudent Richard Berent, to "Tree Spirit Melancholia," a poignantrnceramic of dead trees with human faces, by pottery student Tess Janka,rnthe show offers a diversity of themes, materials and styles.
"ImaginationsrnRevealed" features works by five advanced students in the college'srnpottery and metal sculpture programs' exhibition class. They arernworking on their Associate in Applied Science degree in ProfessionalrnArts and Crafts: Sculpture, or on diplomas or certificates in clay orrnmetal sculpture.
The exhibition openedrnApril 1 and runs through May 5 in the CCCC Sculpture Student Gallery inrnSiler City. A reception for the show takes place 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday,rnApril 18, during downtown Siler City's Third Friday Art Walk event.
Thernglass-front gallery, at 138 N. Chatham Ave., both welcomes visitors andrnserves as a teaching tool, according to Phil Ashe, Sculpture LeadrnInstructor.
"The gallery provides thernstudents with practical experience in setting up shows," he said. "Itrnalso brings people in to show them what we are doing in the program.rnThe gallery show speaks well of the quality and diversity of the workrnour students do."
Central Carolina C.C.rnoffers the only associate degree program in sculpture in the NorthrnCarolina Community College System. Students come from all over thernstate to enroll in it.
The programrntrains students not just in artistic skills, media and expression, butrnalso with the know-how to start their own businesses. The professionalrnquality of the works reflects this goal. Most of the students have orrnare starting their own businesses.
"Irntook a pottery class and when I touched the clay for the first time, Irnknow this was what I wanted to do," said Janka, who will receive herrnClay Sculpture diploma in August. "I love mixing business with art.rnI've started my own business and now do craft fairs."
Studentsrnshowing in "Imaginations Revealed," are Berent, of Holly Springs;rnJanka, of Apex; Andrew Dixon, of Moncure; Lisa Wichalonis, of Raleigh;rnand Ralph Edwards, of Asheboro. Berent and Dixon also have piecesrnshowing in the prestigious 2008 North Carolina Community CollegernSystem's President's Art Exhibition, currently in the Caswell Buildingrnin Raleigh. Students' works have also shown in other exhibitions aroundrnthe area.
The CCCC Sculpture StudentrnGallery is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-12rnp.m. Thursdays during the "Imaginations Revealed" exhibit. Viewing byrnappointment can be arranged by calling the Studio at (919) 742-4156.
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