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Posted in: News | August 16, 2013

The Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, located in the Harper Center for the Arts on the PC campus, will host the Abstract Invitational exhibition from September 12 to November 27. The public is invited.

abstract-inv-hudginsThe Abstract Invitational exhibition is a collection of abstract paintings and sculptures, which features artists from the piedmont area of North and South Carolina.

“This exhibit of works by artists working in their personal visual language to express and celebrate thought-provoking self-expressions released into an abstract and removed art form is one to visit many times to view, study, and explore your own interpretations,” said Ann Stoddard, Gallery Director and College Curator of Harper Gallery.

Abstract Invitational opens with a reception for artists on Thursday, September 12 from 5-7 p.m.

The featured artists’ works in this exhibit use traditional media for their abstract art works in this colorful exhibit, including:

  • surreal ceramic concoctions by Daniel Bare
  • contrasting methodical and deliberately calculating rhythmic geometric paintings by Martyn Bouskila
  • thought- provoking capricious works on paper by Felicia van Bork
  • flirtatious painterly color swirls of Linda Hudgins (pictured above)
  • whimsical glassworks by renowned glass artist Robert Levin (pictured below)
  • importantly defined and brilliantly colored shaped canvases of Dale McEntyre
  • dynamic stormy paintings by Christopher Rico
  • Valerie Zimany’s curious clay sculptures.

Abstract Invitational brings works to the Harper Gallery of a wide range of self-expression through the broad art movement of the abstract genre.

Abstract art, or “non-objective art,” uses a visual language of form, shape, color, line, brush stroke, and other applications to create an independent expression possibly inspired by visual references or an internal monologue. Abstract works can also be simply described as spontaneous and emotional expressions, free of any associations with meaning but purely an expression of the visual language through a given medium or media.

abstract-inv-levinThe abstract art movement began in the early twentieth century and has evolved to a very broad array of art forms used. Basically it is known as a way to self-express in a very free way, which coincides with current themes in history.

The Harper Center Gallery hosts four exhibits each year—two exhibits of work from nationally recognized artists, the Senior Art Major Exhibit, and the Annual Student Exhibit. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 p. m. Admission to the gallery is free.

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