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Five young artists display pieces at St. Andrews Senior Art Exhibition
Show will run from April 24 - May 8 in the Vardell Gallery

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Laurinburg, N.C. - Metal sculptures, ceramic works, computer generated designs and the more traditional canvas arts will be on display during the Drinking Turpentine & Spitting Fire senior art exhibition in the Vardell Gallery at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Pieces by Carrie Jones, Elise Moore, Garrett Wright, Hannah Sheffield and Kyle Davis will be on display during the show, which will be open to the public from April 24 to May 8. Admission to the show is free.

Jones, who resides in Spring Hope, has always had a goal of working as an artist, leading her to major in art at St. Andrews.
"There is nothing in this world that fills me with such self-appreciation, quite like I feel when I am making art," she said. "It is my way to escape from the world around me and express myself through all sorts of mediums, colors and styles. I strive for my audience to examine my work closely to find the little fine points I have added."

Among the items on display from Jones will be oils on canvas, monoprints, bronze sculpture, watercolors, woodcuts and clay pieces.

Interdisciplinary Studies major Moore of Westford, Pa., combined her love of art, education, psychology and biology to create a learning plan that will allow her to pursue a position as an elementary school teacher. Her artwork reflects her varied interests, with pieces in ceramics, photography and drawing with figurative and organic representations.

Wright credits his time in Ann Arbor, Mich., with exposing him to a liberal culture that sculpted his artistic ideas.
"My work as an artist in printmaking, painting and computer graphics conveys a story about the things I read day to day in all forms of media news," he said. "As a result of study and reflection, I have recognized a persistent theme in these stories; it is that of uncertainty that people have of what may come in the world upon which we live. In response to that emotion, I make pieces with the three mediums based on my immediate feelings regarding these subjects."

For Lexington resident Sheffield, art is a type of expressionism on a basic level.

"I often have a hard time expressing myself through words, but once I start drawing and find a rhythm, my emotions quickly appear," she said. "Since my emotions are constantly changing due to my every day life, so is my art. Change is where the beauty of art resides. I feel my art pieces are ever changing and sporadic in media and style and thus my art is a true representation of my personal style. Changing from graphite to pastel or charcoal to ink, every switch in media is my artistic perspective on life wanting and taking new challenges to another level of learning."

Like his fellow artists, Davis will present a variety of genres but has a focus on one.

"Sculpture is my passion and I enjoy every aspect of the sculptural process," he said. "Working with metal is my outlet. When I am plugged in, I lose track of time and space and the only thing that is of any matter is the metal in front of me. I draw my inspiration from architecture, engineering, and geometrical forms. I have an affinity for structural dynamics -- making a sculpture of large mass with sparse support. I like to display tension, stress and imbalance. I work abstractly because I like for the viewer to assign whatever identity they feel appropriate, so that it may better relate to them."

After the opening weekend display, the gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for viewing. For additional information, please call Professor of Art Stephanie McDavid at 910-277-5258.

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