Art Department faculty on display
A collection works by the Art Department Faculty is on display at the Locklear Hall Art Gallery through December 8.
Ten faculty-artists have work in the exhibit, which was coordinated by gallery Director Ralph Steeds, who is also an exhibitor. The show launched on Nov. 19 with a reception and gallery talk by Department Chair Janette Hopper.
“We have many new faculty members, and I felt it was a good idea to put them on display,” Hopper said. “I believe we have a very talented faculty.”
“This show is just tremendous,” Hopper said. “It takes a great deal of energy to teach and create art the way our faculty does.”
Hopper’s work in the show consists of several oil paintings of local landscapes.
“This region is one of the most beautiful in the world because of the light, foliage and water,” she said. “There are so many different moods reflected.”
Another artist who has made use of local landscapes is new faculty member Tulla Lightfoot (pictured), who has three pastels of tobacco fields and barns in the exhibit.
“I just love tobacco plants,” Lightfoot said. “I have been driving up to farm houses and knocking on doors. I have driven down so many dirt lanes that I had two flat tires.”
Other faculty artists represented include: Tarleton Blackwell, Dr. Ann Horton-Lopez, Dr. John Antoine Labadie, Jack Pinkerton, Carla Rokes, Ralph L. Steeds, Paul Van Zandt and Cary Wilson. The gallery is open Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
Angel Tree: Gifts for foster children at Christmas
The Office of Student Activities is sponsoring an Angel Tree in the University Center Mall near the Cafeteria entrance.
It’s easy to do, just choose an angel from the tree. Purchase a gift that is age and gender appropriate. Drop off the gift in the Student Activities Office, U.C. Room 220.
“My heart was overjoyed at the generosity shown by students, faculty, staff and administrators last year when we were able to provide Christmas gifts for 250 foster children in the Robeson County Guardian Ad Litem Program,” said Melanie Clark (Student Activities), Angel Tree coordinator. “We need your support again. This year there are nearly 300 children in the Robeson County Guardian Ad Litem Program.
“Of all the volunteer projects our students engaged in last year, this was certainly the most touching and heartfelt because the UNCP Family made sure that foster children were cared for during the holidays,” Clark said. “Sometimes the difference we make in the lives of others goes unspoken and unnoticed. I appreciate you taking the time to make a difference.”
Author Dori Sanders to visit UNCP
South Carolina author Dori Sanders will make two appearances at Sampson Livermore Library on Thursday, December 4.
The author of “Clover,” “Her Own Place” and “Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Family Farm Stand” (Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill), Sanders will speak on the craft of writing at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Reading Room of the library.
She will speak again at 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room on the topic of “Writing from the Rural Perspective.” There will be a reception following this event.
Both programs are free and open to the public.
Sanders is from York County, S.C., where her family operates one of the oldest black-owned farms in the region. The farm produces fruits and vegetables and specializes in growing Georgia Belle and Elberta peaches, which they sell at a roadside stand.
“Clover” is a 183-page novel told through the eyes of 10-year-old Clover Hill. It is widely acclaimed and accessible to readers from teens to adults. Sanders sense of place as well as racial and cultural themes finds her work well within the family of new Southern writers.
If “Clover” and “Her Own Place” offer the experience of growing up in the rural South, “Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking” offers the taste. It is family recipes and stories told at the peach stand.
The eighth of 10 children, Sanders grew up on her family’s peach farm in York County. They sold produce at an open-air market on U.S. 321.
Working on the farm has had a lasting impact on the writer. Writing is her way of passing down family history to the next generation, she said.
“I guess I started writing because I wanted to leave something for my nieces and nephews, as a way to tell them what life was like on the farm, because I know when my generation passes, this farm will pass out of our family,” Sanders said.
She received the Lillian Smith Award for “Clover.” “Her Own Place” is about a woman who buys a farm, works it, raises a family and moves to town. Protagonist “Mae Lee represents all women who struggled after World War II,” Sanders said.
Sanders continues to work on the farm, despite becoming a well-known author.
Native American Resource Center presents Shawn Jacobs
The Native American Resource Center (NARC) is pleased to announce the opening of a new art exhibit, “Abstract Reality.”
“This is a collection of paintings by Lumbee artist Shawn Jacobs, a young man of 28 years whose capacity for creative thought and artistic expression is obvious from his works,” said NARC Director Stan Knick. “It is also the first time in recent years that we have had an entirely abstract art exhibit.”
Jacobs has been painting seriously for about 10 years. He was a student of well-known local artists and teachers, DeLora Cummings and James Locklear, but his abstract work is a considerable departure from either of their more realistic styles.
In “Abstract Reality,” viewers can see what Jacobs calls “expression in pure form.” What exactly this means may differ in interpretation from one viewer to another, but it is clear to any patient viewer that a great deal of thought and feeling, as well as creative energy, went into these pieces.
On the surface, it may seem to the casual viewer that there is a constant way of presenting the artistic expression in this exhibit of abstract paintings. But on closer examination, it becomes evident that there is just as much diversity from piece to piece in “Abstract Reality” as there has been in our more realistic exhibits.
For example, in “Dacrygelosis” (oil/acrylic/aluminum) there is a kind of light-hearted feeling that evokes thoughts of spring. “Awake In My Sleep” (acrylic) is a tense but beautiful explosion of color. “Psychentonia” (mixed media) is a dark and almost ominous mixture of textures and hues. And “Afterthoughts Of An Addict’ (oil/acrylic) has an autumnal quality which is reminiscent of swirling leaves in a November wind.
Jacobs says: “This is another point of view from what we usually see; this is my reality.”
“And although some of the works may seem less accessible than others to some viewers, certainly the reality which Jacobs expresses in “Abstract Reality” reaches far into the soul of art, deep into the heart of the human condition,” Dr. Knick said. “Taken as a whole, this exhibit dramatically demonstrates that Shawn Jacobs is a young artist with a bright future.”
“Abstract Reality” will be on display in Old Main Building through March 2004. (Painting #1 “Dacrygelosis” oil/acrylic/aluminum. Painting #2 “Awake In My Sleep” acrylic.)
Winter Commencement is Saturday, Dec. 13
Winter Commencement is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, December 13 in GPAC. The University is expecting 400 graduates.
Dr. Jeffery Geller, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, is the speaker. Dr. Geller received the 2003 UNC Board of Governors’ Award for Teaching Excellence.
The faculty staging area is the lobby of Lumbee Hall, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Graduates should report for robing to the University Center Cafeteria at 9 a.m.
If GPAC fills to capacity before that time, overflow will be directed to the closed circuit broadcast in the University Center Lounge.
Due to the large number of graduates and limited seating, no tickets will be available to staff or faculty.
Questions: call Judy Monroe at ext. 6330.
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