If you are looking for local flavor in artwork you can own, the third annual Home Grown exhibit at the Cornelius Arts Center may be for you. During the Feb. 12 opening reception, sponsored by Cornelius Today, about 200 guests met artists while gaining insight into their works.
Jen Crickenberger, curator and manger for the CAC, said the work of 88 artists of all ages and skill levels, working in various mediums, will be on display through April 14.
“It is all about supporting the local artists,” Crickenberger said.
Beginners to professionals from Cornelius, Charlotte and the surrounding communities are encouraged to participate. For some, like Huntersville resident Isabella Frommelt, 17, it is their first time showing their art. One might think she would be nervous, but she didn’t show it.
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“I am one of those who likes to share art with the world, so that I can tell a story,” she said. “I would rather put it out there than keep it to myself.”
Her oil painting, titled “Draped with Courage,” is a painting of a woman “who could be Middle Eastern, could be American,” she said. She is asking $495 but said she didn’t really care how much the painting might sell for, she just wanted it to sell.
During the artists’ presentations Davidson resident Fred Bond explained how he worked to make his wood art creation, “Forest Starburst,” which he had marked as not for sale. He had come to show the creation and enjoy the other artists’ exhibits.
“I was really impressed to see all the work and the way it was laid out,” said Bond.
As you peruse the selections you may recognize local landmarks in the paintings or photographs and be surprised to find out the artist is someone you know.
This was not the first show for Charlotte resident Binta Humphries, 60, a retired elementary school art teacher, but it was her first time in the Home Grown exhibit.
Her acrylic painting of a woman, titled “Rapture,” took her 30 hours to complete “because I am a perfectionist,” she said. The painting is priced at $300.
“I am now looking to do this professionally since I can devote more time to it,” said Humphries.
You also can also find the work of established professionals like photographer Jan Black of Cornelius. Black, who owns a professional photography business, entered a micro canvas print, titled “Lake Snow,” that you can own for $125.
There are collages, paintings, photographs, pottery and sculptures to entice your eye as you walk through the gallery. If you are lucky, you might find one that you want to take home with you.
Marty Price is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cornelius Arts Center is at 19725 Oak Street in Cornelius. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Details: http://www.cornelius.org/125/Arts