Story appeared in the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC. Here’s the story about the art exhibit, “Sun and Stripes.”
Friday, May. 17, 2013
Modified Wednesday, May. 15, 2013
Carol Davis holds her painting “The Five Branches of Service.”
The painting “American Eagle,” by Bonnie Macauley.
Want to go? Meet the artists at the opening reception for “Sun and Stripes” from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. June 7 at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell Street East, adjacent to Matthews Community Center. Information: 704-847-9746. Attendees receive a free American stick flag, compliments of VFW 9488.
‘Sun and Stripes’ exhibit graces McDowell Arts Center, by Eileen Schwartz
Visions of summer and patriotism can be seen on the walls of the McDowell Arts Center in Matthews during June.
Abstract flowers, bright colors and American flags are some of the images that pop off the canvases of new artworks.
The works are part of a collaborative exhibit among artists with disabilities from Mosaic: A LIFESPAN Studio; students from the McDowell Arts Center; and artists from The ARTS New Collections.
Erin Keeter, 22, a student from a McDowell Arts Center class for people with disabilities, is blossoming into an expressive painter who applies coat after coat of thick paint to give life to her flowers.
Keeter was born in Charlotte and lives with her parents in Lansdowne. She creates art part-time, volunteers at South County Regional Library and works a few days a week at The Cowfish restaurant in SouthPark.
Carol Davis, 50, lives next door to the Charlotte Museum of History in a UMAR group home with five other women. Davis has been painting and exhibiting for the past five years.
Davis is popular artist who sells out whenever she exhibits. She paints images with words, people and objects to tell a story: “Making Cookies with My Momma” and “Last Supper” are portrayed in a folk-art style. Davis was born with a disability but sees herself as a woman not limited by that , instead presenting herself as a role model able to achieve her dreams.
Davis works part-time at McDonalds and spends the rest of her time painting. Her work can be seen in the blog, “The ARTS New Collections.”
Jason Huntley, 30, paints at Mosaic: A LIFESPAN Studio. He’s been painting for the past two years.
“It’s my favorite thing to do,” Huntley said. His animals, ice skaters and circus performers are expressive in his favorite colors of gray, red, green, orange and brown.
LIFESPAN started in 1973 in Charlotte with a class for five children with developmental disabilities who were excluded from public school. LIFESPAN empowers children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing education, employment and enrichment opportunities in their communities. It now serves 1,200 children and adults in 20 locations.
Charlotte native Lisa Thompson, 50, has been painting with LIFESPAN for 11 years.
“I just draw it out with my pencils and then I paint it,” Thompson said. Her art, consisting mostly of images convey personalities involved in fun activities, has a following of collectors.
Eileen Schwartz is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Eileen? Email her at Eileen@theARTSnc.com. Eileen is an art instructor for children and adults with disabilities at the McDowell Arts Center and is the writer of the blog, “The ARTS New Collections.”
Artists and Students honor our veterans and celebrate the beginning of summer at a new exhibit opening on Friday, June 7, 5 to 8pm at the McDowell Arts Center at 123 McDowell Street-East in Matthews, NC.
Celebrate with us in person or on-line.
Take a look at Russell’s beautiful flowers.
Russell has been painting for a few years and learning how to share his inner images of flowers on canvas. Drawing and painting flowers was a totally new experience for a man in his 40′s. When he creates, he experiences the joy of creating and selling his work. He sells out every time he exhibits.
Creativity and originality are characteristics of the art created by students in the art classes of Eileen Schwartz at McDowell Arts Center, 123 McDowell Street, East in Matthews, NC.
If you are in the area during the month of June, stop by to view the art. Opening night, Friday, June 7 from 5 to 8pm. We’re sharing the walls with Mosaic, A Lifespan Studio.
A day to never forget!
Thank you to all of our heroes who continuously make a difference in the lives of millions of people.
Before 9/11, I took our sense of security for granted. After 9/11, I feared that I would never feel secure. The world has changed, terrorism is a big threat.I love the United States. It allows for me to be free.
Free to create and write.
www.flagsacrossthenation.org is one of the projects that I founded to allow children and adults the opportunity to express their love of country. We receive wonderful art and letters that we send off to the troo
ps and wounded and recovering warriors.
The question is…what is patriotism?
- loving your country
- waving the flag proudly
- respecting the flag and the history surrounding it
- supporting our troops and wounded warriors, they need to know people care about them
- respecting the laws of the country
- appreciating our freedoms
- teaching our children to value and honor the USA and the American flag
- giving back to make a difference
Over the past 11 years, I have been involved in sending 1000′s of letters to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The letters were written by children and adults who heard about our project and sent us letters as well as art from locations in CA to Florida, from Alaska to Maryland. Lots of letters and people were involved.
Want to know more info?
Go to www.flagsacrossthenation.org