The Charlotte Fine Art Show takes pride in their quality control, so much so that they turned down 40 artists they had room for in the 2013 show because they didn’t pass muster.
Open Friday through Sunday, the Charlotte Fine Art Show is an exhibition and art sale offering painting, sculpture, wood, clay, fiber, jewelry and photography. Seventy artists from around the country were chosen by a jury to exhibit their craft in the Charlotte Convention Center.
But their high standards don’t exclude students. This year, the show includes a booth to display artwork created by students at Christ the King Catholic High School in northern Mecklenburg County.
An English teacher at Christ the King saw an ad for the show and contacted the school’s art teacher, Katrina Bowles, to organize a field trip.
“The show gives the kids an opportunity to show their work in a professional environment,” Bowles said, “and is a great example for some of them. They get to see how people make a living in the arts.”
Patty Narozny, executive director of Hot Works Fine Art Shows, wants to encourage young professional artists to apply to art shows. She sees supporting arts education as one way to do that.
Student work includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, graphite drawings, linoleum prints, architectural projects, and a christening gown made in a fashion class. Their art will be on display all weekend, though it will not be for sale.
On the other end of the spectrum is veteran ceramicist Marilee Hall. Originally from Belmont, she returns to her home state from Cookesville, Tenn., to show her ceramic figures.
Over the past 30 years, Hall has developed a line of figurative sculptures. She began with vessels – teapots, vases – and eventually found herself adding feet or legs, maybe an arm. She liked the personalities her pieces had, she liked the stories they told.
“They feel like an illustration of a folktale,” Hall said of her sculptures.
And her pieces really spark conversations, her favorite part of her job.
“It’s an amazing opportunity,” Hall said, “when I have folks looking at my work in my booth. It’s like a portal.”
An art show facilitates these conversations with its open structure.
Hall says people open up and talk about life and philosophy as they look at her art. They tell her the stories they see in her figures.
“This is where the vocation steps in,” Hall said. “The career is the art and the vocation is connecting with people and helping them to be open to all the good in life.”
This article is part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance, a consortium of local media dedicated to writing about the arts.
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