Reception and Artist Talk by Saylor to Showcase Art Works of 44 Alumni at Barton

WILSON, N.C. — An artists’ reception for alumni and friends of Barton College will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries on Saturday, Oct. 22, to showcase an exhibition of art works by 46 Atlantic Christian and Barton College alumni from across the United States. Planned in conjunction with other Homecoming festivities on campus this weekend, the event will also feature guest artist Jack Saylor, class of 1983, who is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. that evening. There is no charge for the event, and the community is invited to attend.

The exhibition, featuring alumni from the Art Department and the College, is comprised of artworks in various media, including: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and ceramics; and will be on view through Friday, Nov. 4.

Participating artists include: Ruchika Attri, Mary Ann Barwick, Greg Beaver, Kathi Blackmon, Dan Blackmon, Ben Bridgers, Kathy Mercer Brinn, Sallie Brown,  Alyssa Damroth, Joshua S. Davis, Clara Daughtridge, Pat Daughtridge, Julia Finch, Kristin L. Flowers, Terry A. Franks, Susan S. Harris, Pamela Hickson, Sarah Hooper, Amanda Lange, Eric H. Little, Stephanie Massey, Robert D. Matthews, John Miller, Dwight Mitchell, Julie Synder Mixon, Pat Montgomery, L.W. Pelletier III, Susan Pelletier, David Pineiro, Ivan Price, Dallas Pridgen, Heather Richards, M. Allison Roach, Jack Saylor, Anna-Olivia Sisk, Brian LaVar Shackelford, Amy Carmichael Smith, Isaac Talley, Keith Tew, Jason Thomas, Roy Tyner, Jr., Brad Tucker, Deborah Young, Kristan Wall, Andrew Wilkins, and Catherine Wilson.

About the speaker:
Upon graduation, Saylor traveled to Spain and Italy where he began his pursuits as an artist while also working as a product designer for Sarreid, Ltd., a U.S. based home furnishings importer. Over the next 10 years, this experience allowed Saylor to develop his painting skills while studying the century’s old art of Western Europe, particularly the Italian Renaissance. This rich artistic environment, when combined with Saylor’s intense concentration on and appreciation for objects created by master artisans, proved a perfect breeding ground for the development of his work as a still life painter. In 1995, he and his wife, Ann, moved to the coast of North Carolina.

“I wish to make by way of the craft of painting, not the act of painting,” shares Saylor. “I often approach my subject matter not square-on, but indirectly from an angle of sorts and thus present it in the same manner. I believe that suggesting a subject can be infinitely more powerful than depicting it entirely, and it is through this approach that a viewer can be enticed into creating the unseen parts by way of their own experiences.  And, at that point, the dimensions of the work become limitless.”

The Barton Art Galleries, including the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery and the Lula E. Rackley Gallery, are located in the Case Art Building, at the corner of Gold Street and Whitehead Avenue on the campus of Barton College. The Barton Art Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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