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Contents September 2009

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67 Departments ­­ 12 From The Publisher Arts Alive

14 Girl Time

Tips, Trends, And Fancies

Style Plus A Whole Lot More

26 Money Talks

76 Health Flash

58 Fashion

82 Tomorrow’s Charlotte Woman

Charlotte Women Making Strides

A Tweet Way To Look At Customer Service

Fall Fashion Fabulous

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24 On The Move

Happenings You Don’t Want To Miss

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Living In Artful Style

What You Need To Know To Stay Well Charlotte’s Future Fabulous Females

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Charlotte Woman Today’s

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Volume XIII, Number 5 September 2009 PUBLISHER

Belva Greenage ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Fern Howerin Editor

Michelle Young Hubacher Assistant Editor

Karsen Price ART DIRECTor

Anita O’Hara SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Carrie Boyd

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Sales Director

Kristen Dibble Sales Executive

Barbara Herd Business Manager

Nikki Wilson WEb Designer

Cliff McNamara Contributing Editor

Leigh Barrett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Jennifer Bradford-Epstein Fiona Harmon Karsen Price Lee Rhodes Sharon Roberts Ginger Sprinkle Carolyn Steeves CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Augusto Photography James Brown Laura J. Meier Scott Stiles Susan Whitfield 5200 Park Road, Suite 111 Charlotte, NC 28209 704/521-6872 www.todayscharlottewoman.com

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Anne Neilson Paints A Powerful Presence

Copyright ©2009 Today’s Woman, Inc. All rights reserved. Copying or reproduction, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited.

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Community School Of The Arts Cultivates Young Artists

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Andrea stevenson, executive director of the community school of the arts.

Eight Area Women Who Live To Create

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Coffee & Conversation Meet Us At The Southern Women’s Show Start your day at the Southern Women’s Show with us! Grab a bite to eat, and meet a few of Charlotte’s leading ladies, including our emcee, WBTV’s Tonia Bendickson, and speakers Ramona Holloway, from 107.9 The Link’s Matt & Ramona Show, and Charla Muller, author of 365 Nights: A Memoir Of Intimacy. Our first-ever networking breakfast is Sept. 18, from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Park, formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart. Be sure to get your tickets early; only a limited number will be available at the door. Call 704/521-6872, or visit todayscharlottewoman.com to order tickets, which are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door (and include admission to the Show).

Living Well

Insider Style

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16 Ways To Say Sayonara To Summer

Fall Into

Sync Your Communication Style With Others

Summer … it’s officially over this month. With that in mind, here are a few ways to kiss those dog days goodbye. From finishing up your summer reading list to enjoying a soft, red wine on the deck, there are plenty of little ways to wring the last few droplets of summer out of the year.

The Gist

We cannot “not” communicate; even our nonverbal behavior speaks volumes. Imagine how fruitful our lives — and our businesses — would be if we could learn to cue into others’ communication styles. Visit us at todayscharlottewoman.com, and find out if you are a controller, collaborator, analyzer, or a socializer … plus, how to talk to others in ways that work. 10 TOC0909.indd 10

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Fashion Vintage boots, boldly polished lips, dark-wash jeans, and anything plaid … all are hot this autumn. Take a look at our editor’s picks of season must-haves, and crack open that wallet for a little seasonal spending.

Insider Art

Beautiful Dreamers Don’t miss this issue’s article on local women of the arts. And, to check out samples of their work, visit todayscharlottewoman.com.

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eptember is an exciting time in The Queen City, as we eagerly look forward to a brand-new season of festivals, fairs, fashion, and fine arts. This month, TCW is doing its part to celebrate and highlight the people and associations that make ours such a vibrant and flourishing arts community. We also want to inspire you to continue your patronage of the many outstanding arts organizations that depend on your generosity to help them feed your creative spirit. Even as the economic horizon appears to be brightening, the arts community in the Charlotte area continues to face budget constraints that have resulted in personnel cuts, delayed season kickoffs, and decreased funding for marketing efforts that drive attendance. Dispelling the perception that spending for the arts is a discretionary item will certainly give a boost to these fine organizations that so deeply deserve our support. Let’s start with the Community School of the Arts. This 40-year-old, not-for-profit educational institution was considered by many to be a well-kept secret until this past July, when the TODAY show’s Al Roker arrived in Charlotte to present the School with instruments, supplies, and lots of publicity. That generous gesture will undoubtedly go a long way toward helping the School continue to fulfill its mission to provide arts education to our young people, creating a legacy that will benefit future generations for years to come. Then, we celebrate eight area women who add their own distinctive touches across the arts spectrum — from composer to conduc-

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tor; folk artist to clothing designer; painter to potter; singer to writer. They all clearly love what they do, have found different ways to nurture their creativity, and understand the value of an audience that recognizes and appreciates their efforts. Of course, no discussion of the arts would be complete without a side trip into the world of fashion. In this issue we reflect on new fall trends to keep you in step with the plaids, jeans, and animal-print handbags that are headed your way. We also treat our readers to a feature about plus-size styles, straight from area experts who have, as a key component of their retail strategy, embraced plus-size fashion … with the emphasis on fashion! Pay special attention to our annual Arts Roundup, where we inform you as to what’s ahead in the upcoming season of shows, concerts, and exhibits that are sure to take your mind, heart, and soul to a place of joy and delight. All the information you need to schedule your outing, purchase your tickets, and get on with the fun is right here. This is a wonderful time to immerse yourself in the arts scene and to breathe in the sights and sounds that can inspire you to break out your own creativity. And while you are tapping into your right brain, remember that our arts community needs your support … probably now more than ever before. Marking my calendar and purchasing tickets,

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Journey Of The Heart The Complexities Of Grief And Healing

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here may be no greater testament to the power of empathy and sisterhood than that shared by women who are mourning the passing of a child. Motherland, a recently released film documentary by director Jennifer Steinman, is a powerful illustration of the healing power of understanding and the incredible strength of women all over the world. Each year, more than eight million families around the globe suffer the loss of a child. In  Steinman’s feature, a 17-day trip to South Africa transforms the lives of six grieving women from the United States. Eight thousand miles from home, each finds comfort and healing in a landscape that appears, at first, to offer little more

than melancholy. The film is not about loss, but about finding your place in the world and making a difference. Recognizing the strength within yourself and within the women who journey beside you — whether or not those women are walking in your shoes; in your neighborhood or on a continent you have seen only in an atlas. Motherland won this year’s Emerging Visions Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, as well as the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the 2009 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. It was also named Best Documentary at the 2009 California Independent Film Festival. Visit motherland-thefilm.com for information. >

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The Lady Is A Saint The Mint’s Musical Acquisition instrument chosen to echo her graceful figure and emphasize her slender fingers — as she is gazed upon by adoring cherubs. Copley likely created this work in response to earlier versions of women posed as St. Cecilia by his rival, Sir Joshua Reynolds. The work (at 92 by 58 inches) is one of the largest paintings in the Museum’s American art collection. Currently on display at The Mint Museum of Art on Randolph Road, it will be reinstalled as part of the Museum’s holdings of Colonial and Federal portraiture in the new Mint Museum Uptown, scheduled to open in October 2010. Visit mintmuseum.org for information , or call 704/337-2000. >

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he Mint Museum of Art has acquired an early 19th-century portrait by John Singleton Copley, one of the greatest and most influential painters in Colonial America. St. Cecilia, a Portrait (Mrs. Richard Crowninshield Derby) (1803) is the first painting by Copley to be included in The Mint’s collection. St. Cecilia, a Portrait portrays Martha Crowninshield Derby, an American expatriate living in London, as St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Surrounded by luxurious furnishings and wearing a fashionable empire-waist dress, the beatific Mrs. Derby demonstrates her musical talents by playing a harp — an

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tivity for the cubicle captive. Creators of the Message Barrier claim that, “Until now, there has been no effective way to prevent interruptions.” Well, that’s not exactly true. A simple and direct, “Get out” seems to work, but might not win you the Co-Worker of the Month award. The

Barrier is a retractable message banner that attaches to your cubicle entryway with Velcro or magnets and shares a message like “Do Not Disturb,” or “Go Away.” You can also make a custom message. If you need help coming up with a few, I have some ideas …. For information, visit CubeGuard.com.

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raft enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet and purchase works by some of North Carolina’s top potters at the fifth Annual Potters Market Invitational. Widely regarded as one of the most popular pottery sales in the region, the event will take place Sat., Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the lawn of The Mint Museum of Art. Tickets are $10 for adults ($8 after 2 p.m.); $5 for children 5 to 17. Ticket sales begin on the day of the event, at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee includes admission to The Mint Museum of Art and free parking. Proceeds support the Museum’s decorative arts collection.

The Potters Market features 40 potters representing the state’s most important pottery-producing areas: Seagrove, Piedmont, Catawba Valley, and the mountains, including Penland and Asheville. Potters are selected on a rotating basis so that the opportunity to participate can be open to as many artists as possible. The event is presented by the Delhom Service League, an affiliate group of The Mint Museum.

WantToGo? For information, visit mintmuseum.org, or call Barbara Perry, Potters Market Chair, at 704/366-0665.

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Attend the Southern Women’s Show, and, this year, meet TCW for breakfast first! The Show takes place Thu,. Sept. 17 through Sun., Sept. 20, at The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart), and TCW hosts “Coffee & Conversation,” Fri., Sept. 18, 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast, which include admission to the Show, are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. “Coffee & Conversation” will be emceed by WBTV’s Tonia Bendickson, and features Ramona Holloway, from 107.9 The Link’s Matt & Ramona Show, and local author Charla Muller.

WantToGo? To purchase tickets for the breakfast, visit todayscharlottewoman.com, or call 704/521-6872.

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A World Of Perspective Riveting True Tale Comes To Life diari’s story — timely, suspenseful and artfully told — will fascinate experts and general readers alike.” The World Affairs Council was founded in 1983 as an outreach program of UNC Charlotte’s Office of International Programs.

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he World Affairs Council of Charlotte’s Speaker Series Program hosts Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, author of My Prison, My Home: One Woman’s Story Of Captivity In Iran, on Sept. 24, at noon, at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. Esfandiari’s book reveals a harrowing personal account of the Iranian-American scholar’s incarceration, instigated by the Ahmadinejad regime, in one of the world’s most notorious prisons. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright has said, “My Prison, My Home is an intimate tale of bravery in the face of ignorance set against the larger tragedy of United States–Iran relations. Dr. Esfan-

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Beginning Oct. 17, the custom-built, 5,700-square-foot house will open to the public on three consecutive weekends for home and garden tours, which will include appetizers and drinks. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. “The team at E.S. Johnson Builders is excited to again be involved with the Susan G. Komen organization and For Your Home,” says company founder and owner Eric Johnson. “I have family members and friends who have been affected by breast cancer, so this project is very close to my heart.” TCW

WantToGo? For information, visit foryourhome.com or esjohnson. com/communities.cfm.

Runway Delights Charlotte Fashion Week Returns A focus on fashion takes center stage Sept. 10-12, for the second annual Charlotte North Carolina Fashion Week, held this year at The Mint Museum of Art. CNCFW is the only professionally produced multiday event in The Queen City at which designers can show their collections on a modest budget. This year, organizers are excited to partner with The Mint Museum, which lends its rich history and character to the event. Area designers hitting the runway include Luis Carlos Machiçao, of Machiçao Couture, and Kimberly Pixton, of Pixton Bridal Couture, who will be joined by Atlanta-based Shanikki Peterson, of Lujeanik Designs, and several European designers, including Amela Radan and Slavica Aleksijev.

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Opera Carolina, the leading professional opera company in the region, has appointed Vanessa Thorne, CPA, to chief financial officer. Thorne most recently was a senior assurance and advisory services associate with Grant Thornton LLP.

Mary Anna Neal Bradley and Leila Davis, former Charlotte-Mecklenburg School educators, have opened the Internet-based business InSight Creations, creators of customized acrostic keepsakes.

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Huntersville Vintage, a vintage boutique that combines gently recycled designer clothes with runway fashions, has opened at 501 S. Old Statesville Road, Suite A.

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Once she moved to Charlotte, Neilson enjoyed moderate success creating a line of dinnerware pottery. She married in 1993, had three children in quick succession, and decided to put her artistic aspirations on hold in order to focus on her family. In 1999, after attending an art exhibit that showcased works by a friend, Neilson realized how much she missed being an active artist. “I came home and sat at the kitchen counter and just cried,” she says. “I realized then, I really need to paint.” By this time, Neilson had four children. She began dabbling in a studio at her home, and taking classes with Charlotte artist Andy

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Neilson’s angels are faceless, elegant creatures, their snowy white wings providing a stark contrast to the lush garnets and golds and smoky greens found within their garments and backgrounds. And, as with most art, words cannot convey the feelings the angels evoke in the beholder. It’s as if these beautiful beings are about to fly off the canvas at any minute, with your heart neatly in hand. Neilson’s color-infused angel paintings have brought her more than a bit of acclaim on the East Coast, and her creations have touched lives as far away as Europe. But, for this dedicated artist, whose faith is like a sec-

Selections from Anne Neilson’s Angel Series: Let Your Glory Shine, Grace, and Glory.

ond skin she wraps closely around herself, the Angel Series is her mission work. Joyful Noise, one of the titles in Neilson’s Angel Series, features a trio of auburn-haired angels, one of which elegantly cradles a violin. The piece, rich with reds and an almostheavenly glow, appeared in an advertisement in the February 2009 issue of American Art Collector magazine. The image so moved a Virginia-based art aficionado, he drove to Charlotte to see the work … and promptly bought it.

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Neilson, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla., has lived in Charlotte since 1989. Ironically, the woman known as the “Angel Artist” didn’t major in art. She stifled a dream to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design and major in painting, choosing instead to major in elementary education.

Braitman. Other classes and workshops followed, including lessons with Matthewsbased artist Connie Winters. “There’s such a great art colony in Charlotte!” Neilson says. Neilson notes that she is not immune to the surges of insecurity and discouragement that most artists experience on some level. One day, after volunteering at The Harvest Center homeless shelter, she found herself pondering her future. “I just felt like God said, ‘Paint these angels, and give a portion of the proceeds to the homeless.’ ” That same afternoon, she received a call from a small gallery that carried her work. “They said, ‘We’ve got a lady here who wants to buy three of these angels,’ ” she recalls. “And so I knew that this was what I needed to be doing.” Today, Neilson gives up to 30 percent of her sales proceeds from every show to a nonprofit organization of her choice. > S e p t e m b e r

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As Neilson’s artistic reputation continued to grow, The Charlotte Symphony soon commissioned her to create the Spirit of the Symphony Award for the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2006. The theme for the gala would be designed around Neilson’s image. She took the responsibility in stride. “I just prayed about it, and it came to me,” she says. She created an angel with a violin, flanked by two other angels, and the painting was a huge success. In 2007, a friend took one of Neilson’s invite cards to Scott Buchanan, an art dealer 30

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Foundation to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. Neilson donated three special paintings — one each for Prince Albert II, Ambassador Noghès, and Counselor Lorenzo Ravano. Neilson, who is as sincerely grateful as she is reverent and passionate, never imagined her work could affect so many people around the globe. “I know now that part of this is to give back, and that’s the main focus with the Angel Series,” she says. “I do love to paint other things — people, places, still lifes. But I want to continue to press in and grow as an artist. I want to keep on changing. And I want the angels to evolve. “When I first A World Of started paintRecognition ing angels,” she It wasn’t long confides, “I told before the Allemy husband, gro Foundation, ‘I think this is A Champion For kind of neat!’ Children, disAnd he said, covered Neilson. Anne Neilson’s landscapes range in subject, from ‘Aren’t you goThe nonprofit orPastoral to exotic. pictured here is walk along ing to get tired ganization comlaguna beach. of painting anmissioned her to gels?’ Six years create an angel painting for the Foundation’s 2009 black-tie later, I’m still painting angels, and now there’s one hanging in the palfundraiser, “Blessings from Above.” “I had no idea what to expect,” Neilson ace at Monaco! So no,” she adds with a says. She was stunned when her painting laugh, “I’m not getting tired of painting angels!” TCW commanded $16,000. Since that crowning moment, the Allegro Foundation has cultivated a unique To view a selection of Neilson’s angelic art, visit us friendship with Monacan Ambassador at todayscharlottewoman.com. Gilles Noghès and the Royal Family ToLearnMore Grimaldi of Monaco. The Family began following Allegro’s work in the United Visit AnneNeilsonFineArt.com, or call 704/652-1906. States, and recently invited members of the and then-managing partner of Sophia’s Gallery in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood. The friend persuaded Buchanan to attend Neilson’s show and, specifically, to consider her Angel Series. “He walked in, looked at all of my art, and decided he wanted me in his gallery. That was truly my first big moment,” Neilson says. “Over the course of 18 months he sold 90 pieces of my work. It was crazy. My little hobby of selling art just exploded.” “Anne’s vibrant palette and attention to detail are simply an extension of her vivacious personality,” says Buchanan. “She passionately pours her heart and soul into every piece.”

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Forty years ago, Henry Bridges gathered 15 pianos and four piano teachers in the basement of Charlotte’s First Presbyterian Church, and the Community School of the Arts was born. In those four decades, the school has gone from 20 students to nearly 2,000. However, its mission to provide quality arts education to all students remains unwavering. >

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Community School of the Arts has been providing creative opportunities to Charlotte-area children for 40 years. Through private and group music lessons, hands-on exposure to visual arts, and performance opportunities, the organization hopes to build a community of future artists and arts patrons. Here (above), students rehearse for a performance at Spirit Square, CSA’s home base. (Below) Young potters learn the finer points of working with clay from teachers at Clayworks Studio & Gallery, a CSA community partner.

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he Community School of the Arts offers a range of visual arts and music classes, with both group and private lessons available for young children to young adults. In addition to traditional classes, the School sponsors camps and an extensive community outreach program, which includes violin instruction at three Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary schools, after-school classes, and other enrichment endeavors throughout the area. While CSA has been growing for the past 40 years, it is still largely considered a fairly well-kept secret. This past summer, the School was featured on NBC’s TODAY, when Al Roker donated instruments, art supplies, and other materials to CSA for classes and outreach efforts. The publicity, plus a handful of new programs, is helping to raise the profile of this prodigious nonprofit arts school. “Part of our mission is to transform lives through arts education,” says CSA executive director Andrea Stevenson. “So we

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CSA’s Andrea Stevenson believes students need programming that touches their heart strings.

have a very personal goal, which is to build the confidence of all the individual students who come to us, expand their love of the arts, allow them to discover their creativity, and encourage their self-expression — to help them become well-rounded adults.”

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According to Stevenson, CSA’s place in the community goes beyond its mission to inspire the individual. The School, she insists, is also creating the next generation of arts patrons, noting that 95 percent of CSA students are under the age of 18. “We are purely an arts education organization; that’s all we do,” she says. “And we are raising everyone else’s future audiences. We feel that if we can reach as many students as possible, and give them that hands-on introduction to the arts, they’ll grow up to understand and appreciate the symphony, the opera, and the art museum, and be better patrons of the Charlotte arts community for years to come.” One of those future patrons is Emily Tran, a 16-year-old rising senior at Myers Park High School. Tran plays the piano and violin, and has been taking lessons for the past five years at CSA, where she has won merit scholarships two years in a row, based solely on her musical proficiency. “Everyone’s so friendly here and it’s kind of like a home; it’s welcoming,” she says. “I love my teacher.” Like most high school seniors, Tran has been considering her options after graduation and beyond. She says she’s not sure if music will be her major or a minor concentration in college. But, her plans will involve her passion. “I hope to play forever,” she says with a laugh. “Charlotte needs this,” says Lindsey Horne, a piano teacher at CSA. “Charlotte needs artists, and it needs a place where little artists can grow.”

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diminish arts programs in schools. CSA is all each a free loaner violin for the whole year, so they all have their own violins,” she says. too aware of this fact. “At a time when instrumental music is “Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has mostly taken the arts and instrument educa- being removed from schools and other edution out of elementary school completely,” cational programs, CSA plays a special role in Stevenson says. She points out that CMS is not keeping music alive for children in our comunique and that across the country, arts pro- munity,” says Laurel Talley, Suzuki violin cograms are among the first things to go when ordinator at CSA. “For a lot of students, we are the only place there are budget constraints. Stevenson grew up in Texas, where she they can take lessons, especially students who was an active percussionist throughout high want to take affordable lessons close to home,” school. She is saddened to see the programs Stevenson adds. Stevenson explains that the core values of that were so meaningful to her being slashed from schools. “Students have to have some- CSA are excellence, accessibility, diversity, a thing they love at school,” she says. “They nurturing environment, joy, and sustainability. need something there that motivates them; that She clarifies that, yes, joy is a core value and one for which she arkeeps them committed gued passionately. “If and engaged in school we ever become just and in learning. We’ve transactional; if we ever done this very illogical become the kind of orthing where we’ve cut ganization where we back things that make say, ‘You pay us, we’ll students want to get get you some lessons,’ up and go to school in we’ve missed it comthe morning.” pletely,” she says. “If it’s Horne, who attendnot joyful, then we’re ed Northwest School not doing what we’re of the Arts in Charlotte, supposed to be doing.” and echoes Stevenson’s And, despite budget sadness about the state cuts and reduced arts of music education in funding in the public so many of our schools, CSA works to give children exposure to both the abilschools, Stevenson assays, “It’s heartbreak- ity and the joy of participating in the arts. serts that there is still ing, because that was my favorite part of my public school educa- plenty about which to be joyful. “To see a stution. I think it’s so important, for various rea- dent stand up on stage with confidence and play sons, that children are exposed to music. It’s a saxophone solo at a jazz concert is a joy,” she something that they can be passionate about says. “It is a privilege just to have been there for that.” and responsible for.” Stevenson remembers attending the Orchestra in Schools concert last spring and A Joyful Noise The Community School of the Arts has an seeing and hearing 60 elementary school stuOrchestra in Schools program at First Ward, dents play their violins. “Afterward,” she reUniversity Park, and Dilworth Elementary calls, “I said to one young lady, ‘Way to go! schools. Stevenson explains that 20 students You sounded great!’ And she looked at me from each school get to take group violin and said, ‘Yes, I did.’ That makes my whole year, classes through CSA twice a week before the I thought to myself. That’s all I wanted — for regular school day begins. “We give them you to be able to say, ‘Yes, I did.’ ” TCW

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Beautiful Dreamers Women Who Live To Create By lee rhodes

“Art is the window to man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.” ­— Lady Bird Johnson But what of the artists who open this window? More often than not, they are women. Throughout history, frequently overcoming obstacles, women pursued the various disciplines that constitute the arts. Today, art continues to speak to our souls, whether through the written word, paint on a canvas, or a song from the heart. Charlotte is fortunate to have a host of accomplished female artists who inspire us every day. Here’s a look at a few of those women and the forces that drive them. >

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Nellie Ashford Rawls

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ellie Ashford Rawls, a selftaught folk artist, calls upon items and stories from her childhood to produce creative collages, using everything from bright acrylics to an array of natural objects, and placing them on paper, canvas, and boards. Rawls’

work is on display in several Charlotte galleries and can also be found across the country, as well as in Canada and Africa. “Children inspire me to create because I paint a lot like them,” Rawls says. “You can see the smiles on their faces when they finish their pieces.”

If I could not craft, I would be …

I cannot work if I don’t have ...

“Lost … and probably really sad.”

“Some type of a tool. It can be as simple as a spoon or an old brush.”

My work space: “I don’t have a studio right now, so I’m winging it and using my living room as my creative space, which makes it even more folk artsy! I have things from my parents’ past here: tools, washbasins, smoothing irons. Those tangible memories are part of what makes me create the stories that I tell through my work.”

What drives my creative spirit: “My parents were born in the 1800s. Remembering them and their lives — and surrounding myself with objects from their time — drives me to tell the old-time stories the people of their day used to tell and talk about.”

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“Those tangible memories are part of what makes me create the stories that I tell through my work.” NELLIE ASHFORD RAWLS

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Elizabeth Bradford Painter

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T “My work habits aren’t too often affected by external things. It’s a matter of just gettin’ up and doin’ it. The struggle is mostly internal, I find.” Elizabeth Bradford

he beauty of the rural landscape takes center stage in much of Elizabeth Bradford’s work. A native Carolinian, Bradford captures the nuances of nature in her paintings. Her current chosen medium is acrylic on canvas or wood panel, and she has recently begun

painting scenes from her foreign travels. She has participated in the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, which places the works of American artists on display in U.S. embassy residences worldwide. Her paintings can also be found in corporate and private collections across America.

If I could not paint, I would be …

I cannot work if I don’t have ...

“A sculptor.”

“Determination. My work habits aren’t too often affected by external things. It’s a matter of just gettin’ up and doin’ it. The struggle is mostly internal, I find.”

My work space: “My space is small — ‘just the right bigness,’ as my son used to say when he was very young. It’s a modified tenant farmhouse on our old farmstead, and it’s charming, but it’s also covered with spilled paint and can be pretty messy. Most of the windows are aimed north, so the light is lovely.”

What drives my creative spirit: “My creativity is often stirred by adversity or lack. It responds well to the absence of the expected, and blooms when I have to devise a divergent path to beauty, art, good food, housing, clothing.” >

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Claire Ritter

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fter firmly establishing herself as an accomplished jazz musician during her 16 years in Boston, Claire Ritter returned to Charlotte, the city of her roots, and to her alma mater, Queens University of Charlotte. Also a graduate of the New England Conservatory of

Music, Ritter has studied with a legion of jazz legends, and she currently composes, teaches, and performs around The Queen City. She founded and is artistic director of Composers Charlotte at Queens. She has received numerous composer grants and her work has been performed all over the world.

If I could not compose and perform, I would be …

I cannot work if I don’t have ...

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Jazz Composer / Pianist / Educator

“Openness, solitude, and nature surrounding me.”

“An abstract painter; spending more time traveling to places that intrigue.”

My work space: “A performance/teaching space that’s approximately 700 square feet, with large glass windows, a 24-foot ceiling, and two Kawai 6-foot grands. The artist loft overlooks ponds, trees, and a field of grazing Arabian horses.”

What drives my creative spirit: “Passion, imagination, and the muse. Being able to capture and express the essence of something in its raw authenticity creates purpose. Engaging students to discover their voices by painting music from the soul is another extraordinary experience that goes beyond the notes.”

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Dr. Lynn Fuller Violinist / Conductor

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t the podium of Charlotte’s first professional chamber orchestra is Dr. Lynn Fuller, founder and musical director of Queen City Virtuosi. Maestro Fuller is a professional violinist who studied at North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of South Carolina, and UNC

Charlotte, earning a Doctor of Music Arts in Conducting degree. She has achieved international acclaim, appearing with the Tucumán Symphony Orchestra and the Rosario Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, and the China Opera and Dance Theatre Symphony Orchestra in Beijing.

If I could not conduct, I would be …

I cannot work if I don’t have ...

“Working in the FBI or CIA, or as an interior decorator.”

“I often stretch out on the floor when I’m reading, writing down ideas, or studying music.” Dr. Lynn Fuller

My work space: “The room where I work has cocoa-colored walls, tall bookshelves, and a big, black-lacquered table that originally belonged to my grandmother. I often stretch out on the floor when I’m reading, writing down ideas, or studying music. ”

“My materials — pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler, metronome — and, while I enjoy mild background or ambiant sound, abrupt noises or interruptions distract me.”

What drives my creative spirit: “The desire to gain knowledge, my deep passion for music, and the challenge of presenting concerts that will be meaningful and memorable to the audience.” >

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Lindy Dobbins Singer / Songwriter

2007 and 2008 from Creative Loafing, and Best Female Vocalist finalist at the 2007 Charlotte Music Awards. She and her alternative rock band, the Red Velvet Manx, continue to play venues in and around Charlotte, entertaining with their distinct style and unique brand of music.

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indy Dobbins first found herself in a professional recording studio at the age of 7. Though she’s now only 29 years old, Dobbins has already found her niche as a professional singer and songwriter, and has garnered numerous awards, including Best Local Songwriter of

If I could not write and perform I cannot work if I don’t have ... music, I would be … “Support from the community. Venues don’t care how “Writing poetry and involved in theater.”

good an artist is unless people are showing up to listen!”

My work space:

What drives my creative spirit:

“My bandmates and I call the rehearsal room ‘The Bat Cave,’ but that’s because we had to free a live bat from the space once during a jam session and the name just stuck after that. There isn’t a fixed space for song writing; it’s wherever inspiration strikes.”

“The need for resolution, mainly. In her song Witness, Sarah McLachlan refers to songwriting as ‘misery made beautiful,’ and that’s usually what drives my writing. I can let go of negative thoughts and feelings more easily if I can turn them into something beautiful.”

“I can let go of negative thoughts and feelings more easily if I can turn them into something beautiful.” Lindy Dobbins

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Christina “Cigi” Guzman Clothing Designer

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t just 26 years old, Christina ting Grammy-nominated artists. Today, her “Cigi” Guzman calls herself work is available online and at SouthEnd’s a professional daydreamer, NICHE boutique, where her fall collection although she actually does work — as a will debut this month. During Charlotte PUBLIC— ATI Fashion Week, Guzman will showcase graphic designer and bartender inON: addiCharlott e the City Magazin e DATE: August 2006 “The Flock,” a hip clothing line she created tion to designing clothes! ARTICLE: Eat, Drink She began her career as a clothing de- to “reflect the beauty of the real, everyday signer while she was in college, even outfit- human flock.”

If I could not design clothes, I would be ... “In a traveling band.”

My work space:

“What inspires me is The Human Flock. You. Me. Us. We.”

“I live and work out of my tiny uptown apartment, so I am forced to be a minimalist. Labels and storage boxes have saved my life on more than one occasion, and I’ve learned that less is more.”

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I cannot work if I don’t have ... “Daily conversations with ‘The Man Upstairs,’ background noise, occasional pep talks from my ma, and, most importantly, joy.”

What drives my creative spirit: “Knowing that I have the power to inspire someone right now. What inspires me is The Human Flock. You. Me. Us. We.” >

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Jennifer Mecca

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hen she was a young girl, Jennifer Mecca watched closely as her family prepared elaborate meals, placing particular emphasis on the intricate tableware. Today, she’s a full-time studio potter known for her extraordinary pots and serving-ware.

Mecca, who considers herself a utilitarian potter, also teaches classes and workshops for everyone from children to college students and adults. She has studied pottery design and techniques around the world, and her work is on display in craft galleries along the East Coast.

If I could not design pots, I would be …

I cannot work if I don’t have ...

“A jeweler. The first craft I was exposed to was jewelry, and I love handmade jewelry.”

What drives my creative spirit: “I think if you’re a hands-on creative person, you just need to make stuff. Lately, pondering the traditions of my family and memories of the past are what have been inspiring me.”

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“Uninterrupted time from my family.”

My work space: “There is nothing fancy about my studio. It’s off the back of the house in an old screened-in porch. In the wintertime we put up three layers of plastic and I use heaters for warmth. In the summertime, all the plastic comes down and I turn on the ceiling fan! My kiln is in a shed in our backyard. It’s very basic, but it has worked for me.”

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Pat MacEnulty Writer

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at MacEnulty is the author of several books, as well as numerous short stories, essays, poems, and plays. She has earned awards for her work and is in the process of adapting one of her books for film. Her latest novel, Picara, is scheduled for release in

November and is inspired by 18th century novels, as well as the peace movement and her experiences growing up around musicians. A recipient of a Ph.D. from the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University, MacEnulty also works as a writing coach, editor, and teacher.

If I could not write, I would be …

I cannot work if I don’t have ... “Cookies.”

“Nothing. Writing is who I am.”

What drives my creative spirit:

My work space: “If I could not write, I would be nothing. Writing is who I am.” Pat MacEnulty

“Right now, it’s a bedroom at the front of the house. When I’m working I can see what’s going on in the cul-de-sac, which is nice. Sometimes I take my laptop downstairs and work on the front porch or in the living room. I often do my initial writing in a coffee shop.”

“It’s just an urge that I’ve always had. I’m working on a memoir about taking care of my mother and my daughter, so they are my inspiration for that work.” TCW To find out more about each artist, and to sample their work, visit us online at todayscharlottewoman.com.

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he National Endowment for the Arts asserts that a great nation deserves

great art. A great city deserves the same … no matter what the state of the economy. We all know the story. The banking industry wavers. The housing sector staggers. Jobs hang in the balance, and people tighten belts and budgets as they go, cutting back on all but the essentials.

Still, there is a bit of silver shining through the clouds. A new series of performances is upon The Queen City — performances that are sure to entertain, delight, and enlighten us. And well worth loosening those too-snug belts a notch. Note: This is not a comprehensive season listing for every arts group. See the Web sites noted for complete information. Enjoy the show!

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Actor’s Theatre Of Charlotte

Charlotte Concerts

Central Piedmont Community College

actorstheatrecharlotte.org 704/342-2251

(formerly Carolinas Concert Association)

http://arts.cpcc.edu/performing-arts 704/330-6534

The 2009-2010 season marks the 21st anniversary of the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, the region’s only professional theater company that creates productions specifically for mature audiences. Big Boys Sept. 23-Oct. 17, (Previews: Sept. 18, 19) Yankee Tavern Nov. 18-Dec. 5, (Previews: Nov. 13, 14) Black Pearl Sings! Feb. 10-Mar. 6, 2010 (Previews: Feb. 5, 6) End Days April14-May 1, 2010 (Previews: Apr. 9, 10) Five Course Love June 2-26, 2010 (Previews: May 28, 29)

Bechtler Museum Of Modern Art bechtler.org The only museum dedicated to the exhibition of mid 20thcentury European modern art in the Southeast will open to the public Jan. 2, 2010, with works from major figures of 20th-century modernism, including Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Jean Tinguely, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Edgar Degas, Barbara Hepworth, and Pablo Picasso.

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre nccast.com 704/455-8542 Carolina Actors Studio Theatre prides itself on encouraging free-flowing expression from its team of writers, actors, directors, designers, and performance artisans of all mediums. Master Class Sept. 11-Oct. 3 The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade Oct. 22-Nov. 21 A Tuna Christmas Dec. 3-13

charlotteconcerts.org 704/527-6680 Charlotte Concerts celebrates its 80th season with a stateof-the-art venue and a bright, fresh look — including a new logo and new name. Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Trio Oct. 16, Halton Theater – Overcash Center, Central Piedmont Community College Van Cliburn Competition Winner Haochen Zhang, Gold Medalist, 2009-2010 Jan. 22, 2010, Halton Theater – Overcash Center, CPCC The 5 Browns Feb. 16, 2010, (in collaboration with the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center), Knight Theater – Wells Fargo Cultural Campus, South Tryon Street The Ethos Chamber Orchestra and Choir’s “Bach to the Future” March 16, 2010, Halton Theater – Overcash Center, CPCCCa

Carolina Voices carolinavoices.org 704/374-1564 Carolina Voices, a volunteer choral arts organization that educates and entertains the community, commemorates its 55th anniversary this season by expanding its repertoire from five to eight concerts. Give Thanks and Sing Nov. 14, Providence United Methodist Church; Nov. 15, St. John’s Episcopal Church A Candlelight Christmas Dec. 5, St. John’s Baptist Church The Singing Christmas Tree: All You Want for Christmas Dec. 12, 13, Ovens Auditorium

Central Piedmont Community College brings the best in affordable opera and theater to the Charlotte area. Shows are either in Halton Theater or Pease Auditorium. CPCC Theatre Shows Man of La Mancha Sept. 25- 27; Oct. 2-4 Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite Nov. 13, 14; 20-22 Bye Bye Birdie Feb. 12-14; 19-21, 2010 The Piano Lesson by August Wilson April 9, 10; 16-18, 2010 CPCC Opera Theatre The Pirates of Penzance Jan. 15-17, 2010 Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn April 23-25, 2010

Charlotte Concert Band charlotteconcertband.org 704/337-2213 Dedicated professional and amateur musicians make up the Charlotte Concert Band, a volunteer local band that offers quality performances — for free. Regular season performances are held at Dana Auditorium at Queens University of Charlotte. Anniversaries Oct. 3 Winds of War … and Peace Dec. 5 Young People’s Concert Feb. 20, 2010

Charlotte Folk Society folksociety.org 704/563-7080

Love-Sexy: Inspire the Fire! Feb. 6, 2010, McGlohon Theatre St. John Passion of the Christ March 5, 7, 2010, Halton Theater

Since 1982, the Charlotte Folk Society has promoted traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, and crafts. Concerts are held at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., unless otherwise noted.

Broadway Guys Gals & Dolls May 8, 9, 2010, McGlohon Theatre

Andy Cohen Sept. 11 >

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Photo courtesy of North Carolina Blumenthal Performing ARts Center

Clockwise (from top left): Carolina Chocolate Drops, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s McGlohon Theatre; Magnolia Blossom, Group f/64 and the Modernist Vision, The Light Factory’s Knight Gallery; Dark Road, The Romance of the Road, The Light Factory’s Knight Gallery; Mary Poppins, Blumenthal’s Belk Theater.

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CFS Holiday Jam & Potluck, with Little Windows (Julee Glaub & Mark Weems) Dec. 12 The Last Resort Band Jan. 8, 2010 John Dee Holeman Feb. 12, 2010 The Charlotte Museum Of History And The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite

charlottemuseum.org 704/568-1774 The Charlotte Museum of History shares Charlotte’s stories by collecting, preserving, and interpreting regional artifacts. The Food Historian in the Kitchen: Lecture by Sandy Oliver Sept. 21 Haunted Homesite Oct. 24 Civil War Lantern Tour Nov. 21 Distinguished Speaker Series, Featuring Vicente Fox Jan. 26, 2010

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Charlotte Symphony Orchestra charlottesymphony.org 704/972-2000 The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1932, believes that orchestral music nurtures the human spirit and is integral to the preservation and development of American culture. Classics Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5 Sept. 11, 12, Belk Theater Rodrigo Guitar Concerto Oct. 9, 10, Belk Theater Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3 Nov. 20, 21, Belk Theater Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” Jan. 8, 9, 2010, Belk Theater New Music Director Preview Feb. 12, 13, 2010, Belk Theater Russian Spectacular Mar. 26, 27, 2010, Belk Theater Pops Classical Mystery Tour Oct. 16, Ovens Auditorium Bernadette Peters Oct. 30, Belk Theater >

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Simply Sinatra, Featuring Steve Lippia Nov. 27, 28, Belk Theater Magic of Christmas Dec. 4-6, Belk Theater The Temptations Jan. 15, 16, 2010, Belk Theater Kathy Mattea Feb. 5, 2010, Ovens Auditorium Cirque de la Symphonie Apr. 30-May 1, 2010, Belk Theater

Charlotte Youth Ballet charlotteyouthballet.com 980/322-5522

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The Charlotte Youth Ballet merges youth and professional performers to introduce ballet to audiences of all ages. Its productions take place at the Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College.

The 5 Browns, Charlotte Concerts (formerly Carolinas Concert Association), presented with the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Knight Theater.

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Children’s Theatre Of Charlotte ctcharlotte.org 704/973-2800 The Children’s Theatre offers warmth and intimacy to audiences and attempts to enrich the lives of young people of all cultures through theater and education experiences. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Sept. 25-Oct. 25, McColl Family Theatre Step Afrika! Nov. 6-7, McColl Family Theatre If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Dec. 4-29, McColl Family Theatre

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Davidson Community Players davidsoncommunityplayers.org 704/892-7953 Since 1965, the Davidson Community Players have been providing members of the community opportunities to participate in and experience quality, live theater. Almost, Maine Oct. 8-11; 15-18; 22-25, Armour Street Theatre, Davidson It’s a Wonderful Life Dec. 3-6; 10-13; 17-20, Armour Street Theatre, Davidson Harvey B. Gantt Center For African-American Arts And Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center)

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The new, 47,000-square-foot Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, located at 551 S. Tryon St., offers space for concerts, theater, lectures, and social events, and will feature new artwork, as well as the Center’s current collection. Where You Belong, Grand Opening Gala Oct. 17 Sunset Ceremony At The AACC (limited invitations) Oct. 23 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Oct. 24L

Levine Museum Of The New South museumofthenewsouth.org 704/333-1887 This interactive history museum provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern society, and is a recipient of the National Museum Service Award. Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers Permanent exhibit On the Edge: Homeless and Working Among Us Oct. 14-Jan.3, 2010

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Clockwise (from top left): John Dee Holeman, Charlotte Folk Society, Great Aunt Stella Center; Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture; North Carolina Dance Theater’s Sara Hayes Watson and Sasha Janes, Ballet, Ballroom & Bluegrass, Belk Theater; The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Belk Theater.

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Homeowners Jerry and Kaye Cloniger share a love of modern art.

Art Of The Home An Eclectic And Meaningful Collection By Sharon Roberts • photos by scott stiles

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“The penguins don’t paint,” Jerry says with a laugh. But the other six continents are represented well in the abstract, surrealistic, and realistic paintings, etchings, sculptures, and glasswork found throughout the couple’s home.

A Personal Connection

There’s the painting of China’s scenic Three Gorges area, bought from the artist who was painting on the ship they boarded along the Yangtze River. There’s the surrealistic oil painting that caught Jerry’s eye as he walked past a gallery in Brit-

tany, France. He returned later to purchase it, and over the years ended up buying a half dozen more from artist Gilbert L’Heritier and keeping in touch with him until his death. Then, there’s the highly regarded work of Belgian artist Yves Bossut, whose delicate paintings can be found throughout the Cloniger home, and who has visited the couple several times. The Clonigers keep this artwork, and the artists who created it, close to their hearts. “A lot of the pieces we bought directly from the artists, and then became friends,” Kaye says. > S e p t e m b e r

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Top: Paintings line the walls of the home’s basement (l to r): relief in oil, Beyond, by Amy F. Levine; oil, Soliloquy, by Kaye Cloniger; acrylic, A Lady And Her Music, by Winford Galmon; acrylic, Blue Note, by Winford Galmon; acrylic, Mysterious Nude, by Dan Lynch. Sculpture on coffee table: bronze, Dancers, by Sy Rosenwasser; terra cotta, The Aegean, by Paris Alexander. Bottom left: Bronze sculpture, Legend Keeper, by Mark Hopkins. Bottom right: (l to r) Terra cotta sculpture, Torso, by Richard Hallier; ink mezzotint, The Poet, by Gatja Rothe; marble sculpture, Dancing Figure, by Tim Rider; oil, Behold, We Are Bringing Memories, by Yves Bossut.

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The couple’s collection also includes works by artists whose names are universally recognizable: a Rembrandt etching; a signed Miró lithograph; a Salvador Dalí color engraving; etchings by Moroccan “Master of the Line” Guillaume Azoulay, the youngest artist to have works accepted into the Louvre’s permanent collection; an original by Peter Max, famed in popular culture for psychedelic album and book covers and posters; and nesting glass shells by world premier glass artist Dale Chihuly.

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The Clonigers have lived in their house for 11 years, and with its many sunlit rooms, high ceilings, and long hallways, it is ideal for displaying their numerous treasures. In fact, the couple has on occasion opened the home for tours during which art lovers could view the collection. “One of the reasons we bought this house was that it was perfect for the art,” Jerry explains.

It isn’t only work created in far-flung lands that finds a place on the walls and along the hallways of the Clonigers’ self-styled gallery. Represented artists come from both Carolinas, from the couple’s neighborhood on Lake Wylie, and even from within their own home, as Kaye is an accomplished artist in her own right. People who have visited the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, the Historic Brattonsville Plantation in McConnells, S.C., or a gallery in Morehead City may have seen Kaye’s work. And those who attended public schools in York, S.C., where she taught art for many years, may have studied with her before her 1994 retirement. She has also taught adult art classes and private lessons, and her art has been exhibited in galleries, museums, art centers, banks, and libraries throughout North and South Carolina. Kaye always knew she wanted to be an artist. Displayed in her studio on the second floor of her home is one of her earliest works — a crayon drawing of a house that is almost dwarfed by her kindergarten-scrawled “Kaye” signature, in red crayon. For DSBG, Kaye painted a series of flowers that was displayed there and printed on note cards, which are now sold at the garden. “I didn’t think I’d want to paint flowers,” she says. “But I think of them as portraits.”

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What people usually find in Kaye’s work are depictions of strong women, as well as seascapes, windows, paths, and interpretations of the seasons. She often chooses and follows a theme as she creates a particular series of paintings. > S e p t e m b e r

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AtHome After seeing slave interpreter Kitty Wilson-Evans at Historic Brattonsville, a “living village” a few miles southwest of Rock Hill, S.C., Kaye was so moved that she asked to be allowed to photograph Kitty as “Kessie” the slave, and in 2007, she wrote a poem and painted a series of 14 illustrations of Kessie’s life. The final portrait in the series depicts an older Kessie standing amid shafts of green and yellow light shining down from the heavens, and is titled Going Home. “It was one of the most moving series I’ve ever, ever done,” Kaye says. She donated the Kessie paintings to Historic Brattonsville in her and Kitty’s names, feeling that the latter’s inspiring interpretation of plantation life was as much a part of them as was her own dramatic brushwork.

Bound By Art

Kaye and Jerry met through mutual friends 21 years ago, and married in 1990. After meeting, they found they had many friends in common, and they shared a love of art. The two say they disagree about very little, although Jerry wonders what ever happened to a nude given to him long ago by an old girlfriend. (According to Kaye, it’s safely stowed away in a closet.) The one art form for which Kaye and Jerry have an almost identical taste is sculpture, which makes up roughly half of their collection. Most of it is figurative, including nudes, expressive faces, and abstract bodies in motion. Many of the pieces in the Clonigers’ home are sculptures by their good friend, master marble artist Tim Rider. One sculpture was left as a Christmas present, with help from a friendly neighborhood security guard who gave Tim access to the community and helped lift the piece onto the Clonigers’ driveway. The gatekeeper called early the next morning, warning Kaye and Jerry to take care if they backed out of the garage. “Santa Claus has visited,” he teased. The gift was a Rider creation that formed a low marble table on which three sculpted books were displayed. The middle one, open, had some of Kaye’s poetry etched into its pages. The Kaye Cloniger is, herself, an accomplished artist. Her inhome studio is full of both completed paintings and those in progress.

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piece now sits on a veranda, overlooking the swimming pool below. When it comes to collecting art, the Clonigers say they do not typically look for any particular style or artist or medium — they just know what they like when they see it. When a work of art moves you, Jerry says, there is no need to debate. “You just don’t argue with yourself.” TCW

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and disappointments that are now coming to a head. Older patients do not necessarily fit in with traditional treatment programs that have, for the most part, focused on younger women and teenagers. Although the symptoms women in midlife exhibit are similar to those of their younger counterparts, there is one major difference: By midlife, many have suffered with their disorders for years, and the disease is not only part of their entrenched thought processes, but their bodies have taken a beating, as well. And while youths in treatment have an 80-percent chance of overcoming their eating disorders, adults in treatment have only a 25-percent chance of getting well, says Dr. Katherine Halmi, director of the eating disorder program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, N.Y. Given the increasing statistics, Dr. Halmi stresses the importance of getting adolescents into treatment at the first sign of trouble. Parents should be concerned and seek a medical evaluation for their child if he or she is losing weight, becoming isolated from peers, or exercising compulsively.

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Music has brought much to Camille’s life. Through song, she’s discovered a love of working with children, often serving as a young chaperone on Charlotte Children’s Choir trips. As a junior intern with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte summer programs at ImaginOn, the teen particularly likes assisting the youngest “actors” — the 3 to 8-year-olds — during what is, for most of them, a first taste of the stage. Camille earned the part of Golde in Charlotte Children’s Theatre’s OnStage Performance Project production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2008. She continues to act, this year appearing in the OnStage presentation of ¡Bocón!, a Latin folk tale. But music is Camille’s passion, and she continues to sing. One of her most memorable musical experiences is having been asked to sing The StarSpangled Banner at a naturalization ceremony for 50 new American citizens at the Federal Courthouse in Charlotte. “It was such an honor,” she says. “My grandparents, who arrived here from India and became citizens in the ’50s, came to hear me sing at the ceremony. And, my parents were there. It was really special to us.” TCW

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The Hunstad Center For Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Dr. Bill Kortesis

Joseph P. Hunstad, MD, FACS and the staff at The Hunstad Center for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery proudly welcome Bill Kortesis, MD.

A North Carolina native, Dr. Kortesis completed his training at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and is excited to practice plastic and reconstructive surgery at The Hunstad Center in the Charlotte area. Specializing in cosmetic procedures including breast augmentation, body contouring, liposuction, facelifting, and rhinoplasty, Dr. Kortesis will also perform a wide range of reconstructive procedures. Utilizing updated techniques and the latest technologies, he prides himself on achieving high-quality care with an individualized, caring approach. Dr. Kortesis looks forward to meeting you and welcomes your questions while discussing your plastic and reconstructive needs.

Fully Accredited Surgery Center Anesthesia by Board Certified Anesthesiologists

Join us for our FREE monthly Symposium on COMPREHENSIVE BREAST SURGERY INCLUDING RECONSTRUCTION. Call for date, time, and reservation 704.549.0500. Trust the name you know. Joseph P. Hunstad, MD, FACS.

The Hunstad Center for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa Past President of North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons Section Head of Plastic Surgery at CMC University Hospital

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