Local Artists Provide Diversity in Exhibit Opening Feb. 14

Charlottesville, VA -Piedmont Virginia Community College will open two new exhibits with diverse works by six local artists. An opening reception is Friday, Feb. 14, from 5-7 p.m. in the PVCC Gallery, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. The show runs through April 2.

The North Gallery features The Jubilant Now, a group show by John Grant, Will May, Judy McLeod, Tim Michel and Laura Parsons. Each artist has approached the theme of the exhibit in a unique way, making for a show that runs the gamut of media from photography to installations and conceptual art.

John Grant's large-scale photographs explore the imagery, color and light of botanicals that create a mysterious visual experience for the viewer. Will May's photographs address aspects of the personal and psychological. Judy McLeod's mixed media works feature a series of visual maps that deal with the known and unknown. Tim Michel's recent paintings show both abstract and subtle elements and Laura Parsons' three-component installation piece creates an environment intended to challenge and engage the viewer.

The South Gallery features a one-person show by Cynthia Burke entitled Of Cabbages and Kings. Her series of recent paintings are crafted in her trademark style which she calls "fantastic realism." Burke is known for her images of animals, usually rendered in the style of a formal portrait, that possess a surreal and dignified quality. Her work has been shown regionally and she is a member artist at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville.

For more information, call Beryl Solla, professor of art, at 434.961.5362 or email bsolla@pvcc.edu.

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.