JOIN US for the Opening Reception on Friday, Nov 17 6-8pm
Veda Saravanan has always been self-taught and experimental with her color palette. She doesn't hesitate to let her colors speak to her and bring brightness to her different forms of art. Veda loves to see the surprise element in the outcome of using different colors and designs.
Traveling has really impacted the different ways she uses colors and culture in her work. She has been traveling since a young age and continues to do so as a passion towards her art. Her distinctive style and cultural upbringing allowed her to become the artist she is today. She has been all over the world and it continues to inspire her work.
As for sculpting, she likes to mold day to day movements and expressions. She focuses on masks and small figurines of humans. Facial expressions have always inspired her because she feels like the smallest expression can tell volumes.
Initially trained in classical music, Jinna Kim is a Korean American multidisciplinary artist, photographer, filmmaker, violist and more based in Charlotte, NC. In addition to being a SAG-AFTRA eligible actress, Jinna continues to shoot photos and film, make music, and create public installations and interdisciplinary projects that highlight diverse perspectives while sneaking in educational and unique cultural content in delightful ways.
Her first short film about suffragist Mabel Lee titled "Chinese Girl Wants Vote" is now part of the Digital Public Library of America. She previously worked at The Public Theater and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan.
Cynthia J. Allison (aka CiCi, The Artsy Hippie) is a Charlotte, NC based creative. She specializes in illustration, fine art, and photography. Her style has been described as whimsical, folksy, and edgy.
She draws inspiration from current events, the world-at-large, and music. She prides herself on being self-taught" as she has not had any "formal" training but, is still able to express herself in the style in which the moment calls.
Claire Kiester is a fiber artist, printmaker and public artist from Chapel Hill, NC. She completed her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2021 and now resides in Charlotte, NC.
Claire uses printmaking and crochet techniques to reveal embedded personal memories hidden in everyday objects. Her work champions accessibility, she aims to reduce her waste as an artist by utilizing recycled materials and eco-friendly production methods. She works to educate and inspire young artists within the discipline of printmaking.
William (Bill) Hook is a recent arrival to North Carolina from Seattle. He is a signature member of multiple watercolor societies and is internationally known for his masterful watercolor interpretations of industrial and urban settings.
His drawing and observational skills were developed during a 40 year career as a highly respected and awarded architect and architectural illustrator. A turning point in his artwork occurred in 2007 when he was awarded a NIAUSI Fellowship for a two month residency in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy to just paint.
Bill has since focused his efforts toward freeing his artwork from the constraints of illustration and sees his art career as a process of change and development as he searches for more evocative, introspective and powerful means of capturing his interests.