From March 10 to April 22, the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery at Presbyterian College will host three art exhibits. An opening reception will be held Friday, March 10 at 5 p.m.
The exhibitions will include the Senior Art Major Exhibition 2017, the Annual Student Exhibition, and the Art Alumni Exhibition 2017. The Senior Art Major Exhibition will feature work by Katherine Gleaton, a senior art major, and the Annual Student Exhibition will feature selected works by art students.
The Senior Art Major Exhibition is held every year to showcase what students learn over their four years at PC through various studio art courses, as well as art history courses. The exhibition also gives the students an opportunity to promote their artwork for the first time in a professional setting.
Senior art major, Katherine Gleaton, describes the process and benefits of the exhibition as being a great learning experience and opportunity. “I had to complete approximately 8-10 pieces for my show under the theme of my choice, and after several critiques with the art department, I narrowed down what I wanted to showcase,” Gleaton explains, “I gained a better understanding behind the process of putting up the show.”
Gleaton’s theme explores various landscapes from the coastal region, but with an imaginative twist. “I chose to paint a series of landscapes from coastal South Carolina, with the intent of distorting the composition to give off the feeling that one is looking through an all-knowing vantage point. Each piece is painted in a circular, sphere-like pattern.”
“My favorite piece is the one I worked the hardest and longest on. Looking at the finished product of that work, knowing how many ups and downs I had while creating that piece is so rewarding,” Gleaton remarks as she continues to prepare for Friday’s opening reception. The 5x3ft. oil painting of an endless driveway lined with old live oaks, an homage to Boone Hall Plantation, is already proudly displayed on a wall by itself.
Gleaton plans on pursuing her passion for art while incorporating her other major, psychology. In the future, she says she may also plan to pursue becoming an art therapist.
The Art Alumni Exhibition will include works by Samantha Thomas Black ’10, Olivia Blakely Caswell ’07, Aaron Collier ’01, Moses Nester ’11, Jennifer Adams Newton ’04, Christopher Rico ’05, Chris Roberts ’07, and Caroline Smith ’12.
The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.; admission to the gallery and the opening reception is free. For more information, call 864-833-8635.
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