Union County

Area artist donates work for Charleston auction

Artist Sally Brown, shown here at work in her studio, will be featured in a one-woman show at the Union County Community Arts Council gallery.
Artist Sally Brown, shown here at work in her studio, will be featured in a one-woman show at the Union County Community Arts Council gallery. COURTESY OF SALLY BROWN

Charlotte artist Sally Brown recently donated one of her works for an auction in Charleston to support the families of the victims of the shootings at Emanuel AME Church.

The event, titled “A Community United” was held at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel on July 9.

Brown contributed a seascape, which illustrated her signature technique of combining color, texture and emotional response. Campania Fine Moulding in the South End, donated the frame.

“When I went to pick it up they surprised me,” Brown said.

Brown’s art will be featured in a one-woman show at the Union County Council for the Arts gallery Aug. 1-Sept. 30.

“We met Sally when she submitted artwork for the Union Women and Children’s Center last fall,” said Arts Council Director Barbara Faulk. “She had a painting selected for permanent display at the hospital. Fortunately for us, we have connected with her and invited her to exhibit some of her pieces in our gallery during the months of August and September. She has a strong interest in Union County and the cultural arts programs and services available here.”

I met Brown at the Union County Council for the Arts Breakfast back in May. She had just finished co-judging the Union County Student Artist Showcase.

Brown describes herself as a contemporary expressionist.

She has moved beyond classical realistic oil painting techniques. Now her visceral response to a particular subject evokes a modern style where color, texture and emotional impression interact.

“What happens to me while working on a painting is an emotional and innovative response of letting go of my subject and letting my creative reaction take over,” Brown said. “My first love is colors and how they work and talk to each other. My look is simple in theme. Familiarity with feelings of places in uncomplicated content makes my paintings contemporary and impressionable.”

He work will be on display in the Council’s Gallery, 120 N. Main St, Monroe.

Regional arts project

Regional Artist Project Grants provide funds to individuals and groups to enhance their artistic development. The grant is available to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

Arts councils in the counties of Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln, Rutherford and York, S.C., offer the grant program. Artists who have lived in those counties for one year are eligible to apply in the county where they live.

Faulk said grant dollars must be used to support a single purpose.

In most cases, that means support for a single item – workshop or conference fee, taking a master class, purchase or rental of a piece of equipment or supply materials.

“As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists,” she said.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.

Want to apply?

Interested applicants are encouraged to view the Regional Artist Project Grant guidelines. You can apply at www.unionarts.org or call 704-283-2784. The grant deadline is noon, Sept. 18.