Charlottesville, VA - Piedmont Virginia Community College opens its 2012-13 art gallery season with exhibits featuring the work of four diverse local artists. The shows run Sept. 14-Oct. 31 with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 14, from 5-7 p.m. in the PVCC Gallery, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building.
"Paintings, Drawings and Studies" in the North Gallery will feature large oil paintings, smaller paintings and drawings and several studies by John Randall Younger. A resident of Ivy, Younger's work has displayed regionally and nationally. Among many awards and honors, he most recently received the 2011 Allied Artists of America award from the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Younger studied sculpture and life drawing at The Portland (Maine) School of Fine Arts and is a self-taught painter.
The South Gallery will host "A Few Good Men" featuring the work of Charlottesville-based artists Aaron Eichorst, Billy Hunt and Steve Taylor. Eichorst will show a series of his recent Grotesques, which are described as a "style of decorative art characterized by fanciful or fantastic human and animal forms often interwoven with foliage or similar figures that may distort the natural into absurdity, ugliness or caricature." Eichorst teaches art at Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville.
Hunt will show photographs from his Scream Portraits series and will have his Screamotron3000, a converted boom box that photographs people as they scream, set up during the opening reception at PVCC. His scream portraits have been featured on the TODAY show, the Huffington Post, Wired Magazine (blog) and National Public Radio (blog). Hunt is a local photographer and businessman who teaches and documents the Collective of Ladies Arm Wrestlers (CLAW).
Although he is well known for his landscape paintings, Taylor will break from tradition in this exhibit and show a series of his photographs. In addition to directing the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Taylor is a freelance artist and photographer.
The PVCC Gallery, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building for Humanities and Social Sciences, is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive and free, well-lit parking is located in front of the building. A complete list of PVCC's 2012-13 season of fine and performing arts events is available at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.