A Collaborative Artistic Endeavor to Engage Viewers in Appreciating and Valuing the Many Unique Personalities and Heritage of the People of the South Through a Showcase of Fine Art Portraits, Landscapes, Personal stories, and Educational Dialogs.
My journey began when I became emotionally motivated by a recent disrespectful exchange regarding observations by others of what it means to be a Southerner. Born and raised in the South, the comments about us being ‘slow and stupid’ made me so angry! Determined to channel my energy in a productive fashion, I decided to try to make a difference by using my artistic talent to create a portrait and landscape art show with an educational component. I personally want to understand why the negative perceptions exist and how, through my God-given talents, how I can help show the beauty, emotions, experiences and unique heritage of people living in the South; acknowledging of course it may not always be pretty picture but it will be an honest picture.
But before I painted my first portrait, I had to first examine my own feelings and biases about being a Southerner. So, as this project evolved over the past six months, I began recording my personal journey of exploration. I hope this journey will be a documentary of the artistic process: video-taped interviews with the subjects, photo sessions in my studio as I paint and interact with dozens of individuals from varied backgrounds, ages and perspectives.
These individuals have been acquaintances, neighbors, and others that have been recommended by friends as having an interesting story to tell about a perspective of the South.
*Join us for an Opening Reception on Friday, September 6 @ 5pm in the Welborn Gallery*
The Welborn Gallery was named after Marion and Jewell Welborn of Boonville for the generous lead gift they made to the Center’s capital campaign. The Welborns gifted the final funds needed to close the campaign and make possible the opening of the center.
Our Welborn Gallery warmly greets every visitor to the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center as soon as you walk in the building. Our Welborn Gallery is designed to expose residents and visitors to continual and varied 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces of art. You can always find something to inspire and challenge you with every visit.
Portfolio Submission Guidelines for Exhibitions (2020/2021):
Please send 5 – 7 good quality .jpeg digital images of your work. These images should be a fair representation of the work you wish to exhibit at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, or similar to work you intend to create for the exhibit. Each image should be labeled with the size of the piece, medium, and title.
In addition to providing examples of your work, we request that you provide us with your website with specific instructions to guide us to the selections of art you wish to exhibit.
Other information we require includes a brief description of your exhibition idea. How many art objects? Is there a theme? You’ll also be required to provide information about yourself, your exhibition experience, and your training, if any.
If you are accepted to exhibit with us, you will need approximately 25 to 30 pieces of art at various sizes. All work must be wired for hanging.