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Art with Heart

Cherries, Jayne Johnson
Cherries, Jayne Johnson

Art with Heart is a must-attend event each February – a chance to bid on works by local artists and support the domestic violence programs of United Family Services. A look at the six women who are this year’s featured artists, courtesy of Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy:

Alice Ballard was born in Florence, South Carolina, and received her master’s in painting at the University of Michigan. She attended numerous classes at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, returning years later as an instructor. Currently, she teaches at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and works in her home studio in Greenville, S.C. She has work in numerous collections that include the Renwick American Museum of Contemporary Craft, a part of the Smithsonian.

Charlotte native Carolyn DeMeritt is a self-taught photographer who has worked at her craft for over 20 years. She has photographed the coastal areas of North and South Carolina since the 1980s. DeMeritt has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including Contemporary N.C. Photography from the Collection at North Carolina Museum of Art and has had solo exhibitions at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Levine Museum of the New South, The Light Factory and Asheville Art Museum.

Jayne Johnson is a native Texan and earned her M.F.A in printmaking and drawing from James Madison University and her B.F.A from Baylor University. She is currently a Professor of Art at Queens University of Charlotte. Johnson paints both landscapes and still life paintings, though both are based on landscape.

Charlotte native and Weddington resident Linda Foard Roberts received a Master in Fine Arts from Arizona State University and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Virginia Intermont College. She was Executive Director of The Light Factory Photographic Arts Center from 1990-95. Her work has been exhibited in many group and one-person shows from Australia to New York and is in the collections of Bank of America, the Mint Museum of Art, the Bechtler Collection, and Haarmann & Reimer, West Germany.

North Carolina native Virginia Scotchie is a ceramic artist and area head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina. Scotchie exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and is a past recipient of the prestigious Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum in Victoria, Australia.

Margie Stewart received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and maintains a studio in Durham. She has shown in many group and solo shows and her work is found in collections across the country.

Want to Go?What: Art With Heart Where: Founders Hall in uptown CharlotteWhen: Feb. 5, 7-11 p.m.Tickets: $75Contact: 704-367-2799;,