GWU Tucker Center Gallery Features Exhibit by Former Adjunct Art Professor

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Paintings by Chrys Riviere-Blalock on Display Through End of September

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Paintings by former adjunct professor Chrys Riviere-Blalock will be on display Aug. 6 through Sept. 28 in the Tucker Student Center Gallery at Gardner-Webb University.

The exhibit, titled “The Enterable Mirror: Water Paintings,” features oil paintings of waterscapes. “The visual art I create is non-verbal communication, an attempt to engage the viewer in an experience of space,” Riviere-Blalock described. “We are conscious of space. As a painter I want to put the viewer in the space. But I believe art is understood beyond conscious experience. The flat surface of a painting—or a film screen, or a photograph—can become a portal that transports the viewer to the space the artist is experiencing at the time of the creating. And by the painter limiting the amount of visual information given to the viewer, the viewer subconsciously fills in the blanks and experiences the actual space themselves, transcending traditional perceptions of monochronic time.”

A reception is planned for Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m., with an artist talk at 5 p.m.

Riviere-Blalock studied in New York at Parsons The New School for Design where she met and was greatly influenced by painter Alice Neel, and earned a master’s degree in art at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She has lived and taught in small colleges in western North Carolina for 25 years and taught in travel/study undergraduate programs in Paris and Provence. Currently an adjunct professor at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, her paintings have been featured in various galleries in High Point, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., as well as Atlanta, Ga., and other areas.

For more information about the artist, visit For details about the event, call 704-406-4656.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4270 or email with your request.

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