Ciel Gallery Celebrates “The Body Beautiful” With Exhibit

Ciel Gallery is pleased to present The Body Beautiful, a national juried exhibition of thirty-four works inspired by all aspects of our human form and psyche, October 2 – 31. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, October 2, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, with many of the exhibiting artists present. Additional gallery events will focus on physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

Co-Jurors were Siu Challons-Lipton, D.Phil., Chair of the Art Department at Queens University, and Professor of Art History and Arts Leadership, and Jordan D. Lipton, MD, Physician and Partner at Signature Healthcare, Charlotte.

Lipton and Challons-Lipton describe the exhibition as an exploration of “the human body in diverse media, fashioned by the artist’s own aesthetic vision. With subtle line and bold color, cool metal and warm wood, these talented artists reveal a depth of understanding of both their medium and the subject. Through these creative interpretations, we learn that, ‘Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening.’ (Buddha)”

Best of Show goes to Miriam Durkin for Nude in Greys. Durkin, a member of the Ciel Gallery collective and lifelong artist, specializes in the human figure. “Nude in Greys reveals the image of a figure whose edges appear and disappear against a background of greys,” writes Durkin. “It began with all of its edges clear, then evolved, as more and more definition was lost, into an image that is one with its background. Nude in Greys is an expression of being at ease with life and what our circumstances give us, letting the world in and being still.”

Second prize will be awarded to North Carolina artist Juanita Greenspan for A Definite Presence, a chlorite sculpture carved in the round. “I carved the figure to have a massive feel, using organic curving shapes to create a definite feminine presence, but purposefully omitting the breasts. Chlorite was my stone of choice, in keeping with the idea that not all beauty is readily recognized.”

Third prize winner is Jim Hallenbeck of Raleigh, with Morning, an impressionistic oil painting.

Honorable Mentions go to Ghislaine Fremaux (Texas), Sharon Hockfield, Robert Crum, and Zaire Kaczmarski of NC.

Best of Show award for The Body Beautiful has been generously provided by sponsor Ortho Carolina Hand Center of Charlotte, treating a wide array of hand injuries.

Located at 128 E. Park Avenue, Charlotte, Ciel is a fine art collective with a focus on local artists, and offers rotating exhibitions, a varied slate of art instruction for all levels, and both private and public commissions. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 6:00 PM.  The Body Beautiful  will run through October 31.

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