Mint Hill Arts’ summer 2018 exhibit at the Mint Hill Town Hall, “Realism and Beyond,” featured paintings by three very talented and creative artists. Their work can be classified as realism, but go far beyond simply capturing subjects on canvas.
All three women painters came to the Matthews/Mint Hill area after spending much of their lives in other parts of the country, and we are indeed fortunate that they are now a part of our community.
Princess Cureton says her work in this show was “based on metaphors that reflect the very personal and spiritual landscape of my experiences and is narrated through the figure in the surreal background.” She commented that the technique of combining acrylic and/or mixed media with relief sculpting adds an element of surprise, designed to draw the viewer deeper into the narrative. She used a variety of processes to coax the figure away from the surface of the canvas or paper, embedding materials that are “indigenous to the creative, spiritual and spatial environment.” Cureton, a native of Washington DC, taught and coordinated art programs in New York, in the US Virgin Islands, and in the Greenwich CT Public Schools before retiring locally in 2014. She says that “extensive travel has opened her eyes and heart to other cultures and experiences that continue to fuel and influence her creativity.”
Barbara Jimison prefers painting watercolor in a realistic mode. While some of her
most popular works are dog and cat commissions, most subjects come from her own photos and, like the work of Cureton, pull the viewer into the scene of the painting. Jimison graduated from The University of North Dakota with a degree in Art Education. She taught music appreciation and art to high school students for 12 years and found it a rewarding experience. Since moving to North Carolina she has exhibited her art across the region. She is a member of The Waxhaw Arts Council, Golden Pallet Society, Mint Hill Arts, and North Carolina Watercolor Society. She has won numerous awards for her work.
Pat Kempisty’s award-winning watercolors are done in a realistic style and some of her most creative works were inspired by photos taken by her daughter and friends
on mission trips to Haiti. Of her work, Pat says, “Although I do paint commissioned pieces, I prefer to get my inspiration from photos that grab my attention, uplift my
soul and inspire my brush.” Art was Kempisty’s minor in college. She painted with acrylics in western New York for 25 years before turning to watercolors when she moved to North Carolina in 2008.
The show ran through September, 2018 at the Mint Hill Town Hall at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. Look for more Town Hall exhibitions coming in 2019!