Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Alan Finch & Curtis Bartone at City Gallery

Alan Finch and Curtis Bartone will be on exhibit at the
North Charleston City Gallery during the month of July.

Lay Down with the Lamb

Alan Finch will present digital photography in his exhibition titled I Wish I Was a Camera. Inspired by spontaneity, Finch’s abstract nature photographs feature extreme close-ups of natural and organic materials with manipulations executed before the photos are taken. Most of the images are of rock formations and organic materials at a remote island on Norris Lake at Norris Dam State Park and at the artist’s home in Clinton, TN. 

Finch has worked as a visual artist for the past 25 years. His photography, paintings, sculpture, and performance art videos have been included in numerous national, regional, and local juried shows and invitationals, including the Positive/Negative National Exhibition. His photographs have recently been exhibited in the McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, TN, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Oak Ridge Museum of Art, and the Rose Center in Morristown, TN. 

The gallery will also feature paintings, etchings, and lithographs by Savannah, GA, artist, Curtis Bartone. Bartone’s works depict human beings’ relationship to the environment. Each piece explores our fear and fascination with poisonous flora and fauna and how that contrasts with our indifference to manmade, ubiquitous, and seemingly benign toxins and hazards. “Here in Georgia, we worry about black widow and brown recluse spiders, while ignoring real threats like the toxins spewed from our factories and the pesticides and herbicides we use on the lawns where our children play,” he explains. 

Bartone has exhibited and lectured throughout the US and abroad. His work is part of several public collections such as the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Grinnell College in Iowa, and the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Illinois.  He is currently a printmaking instructor for the Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Both artists’ work will be on display from July 2-31, 2011. A free reception, featuring a performance by the pop group Rabbit, will be held at the gallery on Thursday, July 7, from 5pm-7pm. The public is invited to attend. 

The North Charleston City Gallery is located in the Charleston Area Convention Center with free parking and admission during regular Convention Center operating hours 9:00AM – 5:00PM, daily.  The Gallery is staffed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday only.   Inquiries regarding artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website at

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