South Charlotte

Exhibit to feature Avett art

Fans of heralded musician and artist Scott Avett, founding member of the folk-rock band Avett Brothers, will get a chance to view and purchase his paintings at an exhibit Feb. 25 at The Morrison condominiums in SouthPark.

The exhibit, called "The Paintings of Scott Avett: Exploring Story and Spirituality," is proceeded by a private reception and fundraiser Feb. 24, where Avett will discuss his faith journey and how his spiritual life informs his art.

The band has progressed from playing small festivals to sold-out shows and high-profile gigs at Radio City Music Hall and the Grammys.

Avett plays the banjo, while his brother, Seth Avett, plays the guitar, and Bob Crawford plays the stand-up bass. Cellist Joe Kwon and drummer Jacob Edwards are touring members of the band.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit The Educational Center, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that creates resources and opportunities for people of all ages and faiths who are looking for spiritual growth and enrichment. Its community of educators, writers and researchers hold workshops, create film series, plan retreats and publish lecture-based recourses used by Christian educators across the country.

Saturday's exhibit will be open to the public at no cost from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have opportunities to purchase original artwork and commemorative posters.

Avett, 35, was raised in Concord. He started his art career in 1999, when he began studying painting and print-making at East Carolina University.

Once called an "artist hobo" by a close friend, Avett spends nearly as much time creating art on the road as he does in his studio in Concord, where he briefly owned his own gallery.

Avett has said his goal is to change his artistic methods with each piece. He believes small shifts in technique - from one fewer layer of paint to a simple, thinner glaze - can produce very different and exceptional results.

Avett is known for reflecting religious archetypes, his travels and personal narratives in his artwork. He believes portraits are the most intimate form of personal narrative.

He prefers to work with subjects he knows well, as he likes highlighting their strengths, weaknesses and triumphs in his work.

Tom Schulz, husband of outgoing executive director of the Educational Center Shelia Ennis, will curate the exhibit.

Schulz founded Empathinc., an organization that offers opportunities for the creative community to engage the public in dialogue about the purpose and meaning of art.

Avett collaborated with Schluz twice before when he exhibited his work at the Empathinc. Gallery, formerly in NoDa.

His artwork has also been featured at the Center for Faith & the Arts in Salisbury, the Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh and the Envoy Gallery in New York City.