Meredith Alumni Art Today
Kristen Gallagher, Staff Writer
In the Johnson Hall Rotunda,
over sixty works of art from former
Meredith students hang unper
turbed by the snow. Except, that
is, for their unveiling - the exhibi
tion was scheduled to open with a
reception on January 31st, but due
to the recent dumping of snow, it
was cancelled. Due to open again
on February 28 at 2 o’clock, the
Alumnae Art Exhibition is sure to
please - I’ve gotten a little preview
and I don’t mind sharing with you.
Granted, I only passed by most of
the works in the Rotunda, but I
can tell you that the show is sure
to awe art enthusiast and pass
The exhibition is a retrospective
of Meredith Alumnae art, attempt
ing to emphasize the importance of
art at Meredith College since 1891.
Lining the inside walls of each of
the three floors, the art you’ll see
comes in many forms: there are
photographs, oil and acrylic paint
ings, textiles, mixed media works,
sculpture pieces, drawings, and
more. On one pedestal even stands
a beautiful metal pendant necklace.
Perhaps what struck me the most
was the sheer amount and varia
tion of talent, theme, and content
present in the show. The works
present stretch from an alumnae of
the class of 1932 and all the way up
to a 2009 graduate. Intended to
show the growth and evolution of
the art department, the show cer
tainly shows what beautiful ability
can come through Meredith hands.
There is sure to be something that
will interest you at the show, what
ever genre you like. The art ranges
from realistic to abstract and
eveiything in between. Some of
the works show life years ago and
some portray imaginative concepts
one would never have thought of,
giving the show a truly rounded
approach. There are works that
comment on childhood, race, emo
tions, culture and daily life.
To help you get a more thor
ough understanding, all art
ists have included a statement
about themselves and their work.
Through the statement, one can
see how influential the Meredith
art experience was and has been in
the artist’s life. You can see how
art was not always the path well
traveled for these women, but it
was ultimately where they turned
to express themselves.
So if you’ve got the time, drop
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a view of the Alumni Art exhibition, photograph by Kristen Gallagher
by Johnson Hall to check out the
art, and don’t forget to walk up the
stairs; there is more on each level.
I’d have to say that this show is one
not to miss - so don’t worry about
finding money for a ticket; this
show is free and will be hanging
until April. Feel free to bring your
friends and perhaps your parents
- wouldn’t it be cool if your ifiom
knew one of the artists when she
went to Meredith? Just think, that
could be you in couple of years.
What’s Up In Raleigh
I was so excited for my best friend to come home from studying abroad in
Italy last semester, but now I’m just annoyed. She mopes around and acts
depressed about being home, and when she’s actually in a talkative mood,
she starts all of her .stories with “This one time in Italy...” or otherwi.se
brings up her study abroad experience in eveiy conversation. Now our
friendship is crumbling. Do you have any advice about how we can recon
nect? I miss the way things used to be.
Dear Frustrated Friend, ''
It’s hard to go back to exactly “the way things used to he" after being away
from each other for so long. What your friend may not realize is that when V
she went abi oad, life didn't stop for either of you. She may seem self-ab
sorbed in her recent international experience when she brings it up all the
time, but chances are that that's just her way of genuinely tiying to bridge
the uncomfortable gap: bringing you into her world by relating whatever,,
you say to an experience she had in Italy that you couldn t physically share
with her. So start sharing stories of your own when she brings up Italy!
Assuming she’s still interested in .strengthening your bond, she is sure / ,
I to enjoy your stories as well as appreciate your efforts to catch her up on
i cvervihing she missed back home.
• Winterfest Ice Rink: $6/person, Sunday, February' 14: Sledding Ramps
and Carriage and Rick Shaw Rides
• Artspace Figure Study Exhibition: January’ 30 - February’ 20. 2010
• Winterfest Ice Rink: free skating lessons, Mon tlmi Fri 4-iopm/Sat 11-
lopm/Sun 12-5, from 12 noon-5 prn
• 20tIiAnnual African-American Read-In: Authors, leaders, and students
read from works by their favorite African American writers at the Capitol for the
20th annual National African American Read-In. Feb 21,1-3 pm.
• NC Mu.seum of History, Barbie at 50 Exhibition: free admission at the
• Irregardless Cafe: l^ightly Live-Music, 6:30-9:30
• A Taste of Downtown Raleigh Gourmet Food Tour: Saturdays 2-5 pm,
wvv’cv.tastccarolina.net for more intormation
• His bar’s Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: Feb 14, 6pm-2am, $5 din
ners, make a reser-vation: 834-4335
. RBC Center: The Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO: Feb 19. tickets variable,
check out ww'w.rbccenter.com for more information.
• RBC Center: Michael Buble Tickets on sale Feb 5 for July 9 concert
• Raleigh Flea Market: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 6 pm at the Fair