The Ann White Academy Gallery is located at 600 Main Street and is named in honor of Ann White. Exhibits change monthly.
Chris Noel - “Fifteen Years of Searching” The Many Styles of an Undecided Artist
June 1 - 30
First Friday Opening: June 1 from 5-8 pm
Chris Noel creates paintings and three dimensional assemblage objects out of what ever he can find. His work is made from contemporary artifacts of our time and makes a stunning statement about who we are. Besides being fun and thought provoking his creations are relics of our current condition. Chris holds a BFA in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and spent most of his career running his own graphic design business. In 2003 after turning 50 he started painting as a creative outlet when his role in the professional creative process changed from hands-on designer to art director. Chris has always been fascinated with the raw emotional draw and unending sense of discovery that abstract images offer. His graphic design background and many years of creating compelling visual communication concepts have made him a perpetual student of form, color and composition. Early on he was painting with acrylic on canvas but felt like he was doing stuff he had seen before. Uncertain he wanted to continue to create art that was not unique, Chris started looking around the house for things to paint on, instead of canvas, and discovered a whole new genre of image making that is much like graphic design. He soon realized his art was unique, thought provoking, and worth pursuing further. Acrylic remains his paint of choice but he also uses a mixed media and just about anything else he thinks will make his statements work. Today Chris devotes himself to a full-time pursuit of his own unique style of art. He finds the process of transforming undesirable items into desirable ones to be very exciting and he likes the idea that art can come from almost anything. Even garbage. All of his work is made from or painted on discarded artifacts of a wasteful culture that continues to provide an abundance of material. At the very least this creative process is an excuse to preserve some very ordinary things of modern society and to recycle some junk that would otherwise end up in a landfill or get incinerated into the Earth’s atmosphere. Most recently Chris has been exploring larger scale installations of his concepts.
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