NFCC Art Exhibit “Remnants & Remains” Now Open: NFCC invites public to exhibit reception Jan. 11, 12-1:30 p.m.Jan 11th, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Community News, Education
The North Florida Community College Art Department invites the public to a reception on Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 12 Noon-1:30 p.m. in celebration of its newest exhibit entitled “Remnants and Remains” at the NFCC Hardee Center for the Arts (NFCC Bldg. 11). The reception is free and open to the public.
“I encourage you to spend your lunch hour with us on Tuesday, Jan. 11 to see the Hardee Center’s newest exhibit,” said Lisa Barden, NFCC Art Instructor. “Two wonderful artists are being featured and you can conveniently grab some lunch next door at the college’s Sentinel Café.”
Open now through Jan. 31, the exhibit features works by nationally renowned artists Ruth Foote and Leighton McWilliams.
Artist Ruth Foote’s featured photographs showcase objects she found in a 100-year-old commercial building that she purchased in 2007 to use as her studio and residence. “Many items reminded me of things I would find in my Grandmothers’ or great Aunts’ homes,” said Foote. “As I cleaned out closets and photographed the remains, I began to form a story of the business, the woman who ran it, of her family life and relationships. After I collected and recorded the objects, they took on new value. I found I had a hard time discarding them myself.” Foote said that this transformation occurred once she clicked the shutter of her camera. “What is that saying: one person’s trash is another’s treasure?”
Artist Leighton McWilliams is showing a series of photographs that she describes as “a narrative, but not a traditional story with a beginning, middle, and end.” In this series, she includes actual objects along with images that have been filtered through her computer. “It’s about fragments and pieces; you can make of it what you will by taking yourself into the little reliquaries that I create,” said McWilliams. “Hopefully the pieces will mean something different to each individual who views them.”
The January exhibit, “Remnants and Remains” open now through Jan. 31, and the reception on Jan. 11 are both open to the public. Regular hours for the NFCC Hardee Center for the Arts are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Barden, NFCC art instructor, at (850) 973-1642, email BardenL @nfcc.edu or visit www.nfcc.edu (search Visual Arts).