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Motlow College Faculty Art Exhibit Open until Feb. 22

Eric Claunch, Ann Smotherman, Angela Burks, and Brian Robinson(from left) during the exhibit's opening.
February 12, 2012

A dynamic textured canvas of multi-colored trees, paintings in oil and watercolor, and a multi-media three-dimensional work called The Art Class are among the works included in the Motlow College Art Faculty Exhibit, which opened on Feb. 7 in Eoff Hall on the Moore County campus.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will close on Feb. 22, said Brian Robinson, an associate professor of art at the college. Exhibit hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Robinson is the creator of the aforementioned canvas. At 15 feet by 5.5 feet, its impact is immediate. Its nuances; however, are not. Textured nooks and crannies contain many colors from more than $2,000 of oil paint that forms trees and other forest-like things. The painting seems to be keeping secrets, an interpretation reinforced when one notices a seemingly impregnable cave with a wide, charcoal-covered mouth that is not telling what it holds inside.

Another of Robinson's works on display is Mallory, a pencil and crayon drawing on paper.

Other art exhibited is by Motlow adjunct art instructors Ann Smotherman, Eric Claunch, Fran Church and Angela Burks.

Church's The Art Class is a humorous three-dimensional multi-media display that includes a teacher duck wearing pearls, and three student ducks, one of which is misbehaving by putting blue paint on another student duck instead of working on the in-class assignment.

Smotherman's work includes still life paintings of various objects, beach scenes and landscapes. Installation art by Claus graces another wall. Installation is artwork created for, and installed in, a specific space. The Claus piece is made of paper and is called Digging to China.

Work by Burks, who is a former student of Robinson, includes a series of paintings in the vanitas tradition combined with patterned prints.