Diverse works on display in ARPA exhibit

Published 11:26 pm Friday, October 14, 2011

When 10 artists “gel” the result is amazing.

And that amazing “coming together of artists” is on display at the Malone Gallery on the campus of Troy University through Nov. 10.

Duane Paxson, gallery director, said the ARPA exhibition brings together 10 of the top artists in North Carolina. What they have put together is a diverse exhibition of artwork that will be of interest to those who frequent art galleries and those who come for the first time.

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“The ARPA exhibition is made up of teachers and former students who influence each other,” Paxson said. “Their exhibits are never the same and they even surprise each other with the works they bring. So, even for them, each exhibition is different.”

J. Michael Simpson was at Malone Gallery, along with Laura McCarthy, Thursday as a guest lecturer.

“The ten of us got together in 2005 for an exhibit and, since that time, we have evolved as a group,” he said. “We influence each other.”

The artists work independently and come together to exhibit their work that is varied and diverse.

One artist is a mentalist whose work is emotionally driven. Another works in clay to create small items that depict the domestic scene while another’s work captures moments of thought.

McCarthy explained that one of the artists is fascinated with the written word and printed words are often included in her paintings.

“She uses frames to give her work a reverence,” McCarthy said. “Another artist creates pottery that is all about the heart of the female and what it means to be a woman, a mother.”

And, then, there’s the “junk guy” whose art is created from recycled materials.

“The diversity of our work is our strength,” Simpson said. “There is really no common thread other than we are artists who come together as a group to show our work. Each show is new and we are excited and interested to see what the others have done. It’s a fun way to do a show.”

Malone Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.