Trio of Art Events Debut at Gardner-Webb in February

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Visual Work to Showcase Talents of Professor, Community Member and Students

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Artistic work will abound at Gardner-Webb University during the month of February as three separate exhibits open on the campus. Shows include work by GWU art students, a university professor and a resident of nearby Mooresboro, N.C.

Tom Whitaker debuted his “Potter at Large” exhibition on Feb. 3, and it will continue through Feb. 27 in the art gallery in the Tucker Student Center. An opening reception, set for Feb. 19 from 4-6 p.m., will introduce the public to Whitaker, whose show title references his stature of 6 feet, 3 inches and more than 300 pounds.

“I like to express my creative sense in many different ways, whether it is welding, teaching, making music or turning pots,” Whitaker shared. “Clay is but one facet of the complicated creature that I am. To paraphrase B.B. Craig, I am just a big guy who makes some pots.”

Another art exhibit during February will showcase the varied work of Gardner-Webb junior art majors and minors in the Communication Studies Hall. An opening reception is set for Feb. 12 from 4-6 p.m. Featured students include Deborah Hamilton, Lindsey Wright, Elizabeth Lawson and Ashley Bowen. Works include ceramic, woodcut, linoleum, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and pen and ink pieces. The exhibit concludes Feb. 27.

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Michael Kuchinsky will present “Among the Fine Lines between Renewal and Decay” in the Dover Library beginning Feb. 23. The show continues through March 27 and includes an opening reception March 17 from 4-6 p.m., with remarks by Kuchinsky set for 4:30 p.m.

“Last year, 2014, was a creative year in many ways,” Kuchinsky offered. “It featured a sabbatical, travel to the Middle East, writings and research, more time at home than in eight years, numerous interactions with diseases new and old, and an almost constant reminder of the place of transition in life. Almost all of the works of photography and the paintings were done during this past year.”

For more information on these and other GWU art exhibits, contact the Gardner-Webb University Department of Visual Arts at 704-406-4656.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4264 or email servicerequests@gardner-webb.edu with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).