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54 Departments 10 From The Publisher Who Cares About Art? (We Do!)

12 Queen City Jewels Happenings You Don’t Want To Miss 16 Money Talks Security Counts When It Comes To Online Banking

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Volume XV, Number 4 September 2011 PUBLISHER

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22 Revelations Of An Artist Ruth Ava Lyons Blends A Passion For Art With A Need To Reveal

26 Music For All People Charlotte Music School Founder Helen Foessett Inspires A Diverse Mix Of Musicians

F EATUREs 29 Beautiful Dreamers Seven Local Artists Reveal The Heart Behind Their Art

38 Curtain Call The Queen City Unveils A New Season Of Shows And Exhibits

44 Crawling With Art A Listing Of Area Art Galleries

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rt is generally the last item added to our list of discretionary expenditures when times are good, and the first to be eliminated when times turn tough. It often comes down to a decision between meat and potatoes, or heart and soul … with heart and soul taking a backburner. The irony, of course, is that the arts can nourish the soul and stimulate the creativity of so many — at a time when we could all use some inspiration and encouragement. Struggling economy or not, it is clear we live in a city that cares. Public and private partnerships have brought significant changes to the Charlotte arts landscape over the last 18 months. Artistic notables worth mentioning include: • The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which opened Jan. 2, 2010; and the Mint Museum Uptown, which opened Oct. 1, 2010. • The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture opened in the fall of 2009. • Charlotte Concerts (formerly known as Carolinas Concert Association) is celebrating 11 years of excellence, as is the McColl Center for Visual Art . • The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center continues to provide an array of performing and cultural arts, including touring Broadway productions, and a variety of dance and music programs. We at TCW are also committed to keeping the arts front and center in this community; likewise, we consistently highlight the area’s cultural achievements in our September issue. With that said, our Annual Arts Issue includes several not-to-be missed features. Ruth Ava Lyons is a Charlotte artist in every sense

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of the word: She creates, she teaches, she supports other artists, and she consults others in the perfect artful purchase. Along with her partner, renowned sculptor Paul Sires, Lyons was a driving force behind the transformation of NoDa into a once-thriving arts district. In this issue, she encourages readers to step up and show continued support for Charlotte’s arts community. On the other end of the spectrum is the Charlotte Music School, founded by the passionate Helen Foessett in University City. The fast-growing school is designed to accommodate all types of students, including adults — giving people like me the courage to pursue those piano lessons they abandoned decades ago. The home of Linda Foard Roberts is another “don’t miss” feature this month. The former director of The Light Factory graciously opened the doors to her home, giving us a peek at the art gallery housed within her home’s beautifully decorated walls. Last but not least, there is our third-annual Beautiful Dreamers feature, highlighting seven Charlotte-area artists who have wandered off the beaten path in order to develop their art. This year, as in the past, we were able to uncover some amazing women doing beautiful things around The Queen City. Come and take a look! Now, back to my earlier question: Who cares about art? I think the answer is quite obvious: We do!

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WantToGo? Queen City Ballroom is located at 3920 Sharon Road, in the Morrison Shopping Center. For information, visit queencityballroom.com, or call 704/541-5440.

Save The Date NC Governor’s Conference For Women Returns The North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women is slated for Nov. 2, at the Charlotte Convention Center. The theme for this year’s annual convening of more than 1,500 women from across the state is Knowledge Is Power, and speakers include America Ferrera, Terry McMillan, and Gov. Beverly Purdue. >

WantToGo? WantToGo? Purchase your ticket at todayscharlottewoman.com, or call 704/521-6872 for information.

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A Carolina Tradition Potters Market Invitational Returns Calling all ceramic enthusiasts! Don’t miss the seventh annual Potters Market Invitational Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph. Organized by the Delhom Service League, the Potters Market is an annual one-day sale that brings potters and collectors together to promote awareness of this rich craft tradition. North Carolina has the longest continuing pottery tradition in the country, after that of Native Americans. Each year the Potters Market features 40 potters working in both traditional and contemporary ways. Featured artists this year include Kim Ellington, Ben Owen III, Eric Knoche, Ken and Connie Sedberry, and Jane Peiser.

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WantToGo? Pointe The Way is being held at the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, located at 701 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $50 before Sept. 5, and $60 after Sept. 5. Visit ncdance.org for information.

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n celebration of the 100th anniversary of artist Romare Bearden’s birth, Jerald Melberg Gallery is presenting an exhibition of over 40 collages, watercolors, and prints featuring the artist’s memories of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The exhibit runs Sept. 10 through Nov. 12. Born in Charlotte in 1911, Bearden, by the time of his death in 1988, had achieved a stature known by few artists during their lifetimes. Honored by President Ronald Reagan with the National Medal of Arts in 1987, Bearden is considered America’s greatest

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Job Changes/Promotions United Way of Central Carolinas has hired Jerri Haigler as vice president of education, engagement, and communications. Charlotte Christian School has hired Sharon Humphrey as the school’s new lower school principal, and Lori Anne Sword was named the director of theatre. Leacy White has joined ActionLink, a national marketing and advertising firm, as assistant field manager for North Carolina.

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Ruth Ava Lyons Blends A Passion For Art With A Need To Reveal

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“I just don’t want to miss anything!” Lyons says. Lyons, a Gemini, fits the notion of the juxtaposed celestial twin: solitary yet social; artistic yet business-minded; introspective but magnanimous. Even her paintings are dichotomous, blending light and shadow, graphic and obscured, blooming and decaying, simple and sophisticated. As an in-the-moment creative thinker and a savvy businesswoman, Lyons has somehow struck a balance between success and happiness. “I had to make a choice,” says the petite mother of a 22-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, “between catapulting myself into the fine art world in a big, big way, or keeping my world small but more varied. I chose the latter.”

paintings, birthing them from somewhere deep within. She creates her paintings using a glazing technique in which she adds layers of paint and, at times, takes layers away, in order to “bring up the light from beneath.” “The density of our struggles as human beings is very poignant for me,” she says. “I’m trying to figure out what’s in there — in life and in painting — and to pull it all out. For me, painting is the ‘CSI’ of art forms; it’s a forensic activity.” As she creates, Lyons embeds prayers within the layers of paint. She has developed a script she calls “Ruthtavian,” which is inspired by the beauty and timely relevance of Chinese and Arabic script, mixed with a dash of shorthand (her mother was a medical transcriptionist), and finished off with her own lines and curves. Lyons

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Predestined To Paint Lyons’ studio in the heart of NoDa — which since the mid-1980s has served as one of Charlotte’s most interesting, artsy microcosms — is simple and spare. A construction paper heart proclaiming “I Love You!” hangs by the door. Old, narrow plank flooring is revealed under peeling paint. A simple work table holds industrial-sized tomato cans filled with brushes; smaller cans holding paint circle the room’s perimeter. Current artwork that Lyons is prepping for an autumn show at Charlotte’s Hidell Brooks Gallery adorns the walls, while older canvases of all sizes lean in stacks. Lyons considers her studio highly private, even sacred. Painting, she says, is her predestination, her compulsion, and her very breath. In her studio, she labors over her

imbues the characters with spiritual meaning, praying for whatever is important to her that day — the world at large, Charlotte, individual friends, or perhaps a specific need. Lyons wants to draw viewers into each scene, requiring her to “fight at all times the two-dimensional limits of painting.” “I want the viewer to walk into the painting and get lost,” she says. “It’s a portal. I want you to see the unseen.” Her advice to anyone approaching a piece of art for the first time? “Let go,” she says. “It’s like walking into a party where you don’t know anyone … just accept it for what it is. Art isn’t telling you you’re not smart enough or pretty enough. Just be in the moment. Who knows? You might have an epiphany!” > S E P T E M B E R

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Ruth ava lyons’ work offers a mystical quality, due in part to her glazing technique, in which she adds and removes layers of paint. She considers painting a “forensic activity.”

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As a premiere artist in Charlotte, Lyons’ artwork graces numerous public and corporate buildings, as well as several public art institutions, including the Charlotte Convention Center, and an upcoming project for the Charlotte Area Transit Authority. But perhaps Lyons’ greatest local contribution is her role in establishing the historic arts district known as NoDa. Lyons and her partner, renowned sculptor Paul Sires, unwittingly initiated a revival of the area — located two miles north of uptown at North Davidson and 36th Street — when they opened a studio there in the early 1980s. The area had once been a thriving powerhouse of activity due to the N.C. Textile Industry, but after the last mill closed in 1975, the area became an abandoned city, of sorts — one that offered a boon of affordable studio space for “starving artists.” With less of a plan for reviving the area and more of a desire to surround themselves with other creative people, Lyons and Sires rallied others to move their studios and galleries into the neighborhood. They bought and refurbished real estate in the area and leased space, thereby paving the path toward the transformation of the area into an arts district. Lyons opened the Center Of The Earth Gallery in NoDa in 1986. The gallery featured the works of numerous artists, as well as her own paintings. Before long, other galleries, shops, and eclectic restaurants rode the wave Lyons and Sires began. Weekly gallery crawls were introduced, and before long other special events steadily drew Charlotteans and tourists alike to the area. The tide has turned, however, for NoDa. The declining economy and a struggling arts community have forced recent clos-

ings of a few NoDa galleries. Lyons, who closed her own gallery in 2010 for personal reasons, admits she is concerned for the future of NoDa. She urges Charlotteans to take steps to make a difference for NoDa — and the art community, in general. “There is a nice community here for the arts, but there needs to be more involvement,” she says. “Find something in the arts that you can get your hands in. Check out classes for you or your kids; visit open studios to see the artists firsthand; take advantage of events at galleries and museums.” These days, Lyons is busy building her consulting business, Lyons Fine Art Consulting, offering advice to corporate and residential clients about purchasing site-specific art pieces. She maintains the display space she still holds in NoDa — known as The Window on NoDa, which features the works of a different artist each month. In addition to painting, she also travels nationally and internationally to shows and teaching engagements. Then there’s the surfing, and the cello lessons, and the search to find the deeper meaning in life. In short, Lyons is constantly working to balance her time in and out of her studio. The artist offers the following advice to others, whether or not they consider themselves artistic individuals. “Take risks,” she says. “You’ll be better for it. Take that first step in a 1,000 step journey.” TCW

ToLearnMore Ruth Ava Lyons has an upcoming show Nov. 4 through Dec. 23 at Hidell Brooks Gallery; visit hidellbrooks.com for information. View Lyons’ work at ruthavalyons.com; or to learn about her consulting business, visit centeroftheearth.com.

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Music For All People

By Catherine Pike Plough • PHOTOS BY JOE MARTIN

C h a r l o tt e M u s i c Sc h o o l ’ s H e l e n F o e s s e tt I n s p i r e s A N e w G e n e r a t i o n

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It was a significant moment in one young girl’s journey toward a career inspiring others to play music. Today, Helen Foessett shares her joy of music with others as the founder and director of Charlotte Music School, one of the city’s fastest-growing music schools, located in University City. After opening in Foessett’s home in 2007, the school moved to its own space two years later. It has since expanded to a staff of 24, and currently serves over 400 students, providing instruction on a variety of instruments, from the piano and violin to drums and banjo. “I found my calling when I began teaching,” Foessett says. “I realized this was what I was meant to do.”

In the years that followed, the couple had a son, Lucas, and moved to Charlotte so Richard could grow his career in the city’s banking community. Finally, Foessett found herself in the right place and time. She tapped into her unique abilities in both music and business, and began a school that incorporated her passion for music and new technologies for learning. “The world has changed,” Foessett says, “and teaching music must also change. The days of sending a child to the ‘nice’ neighbor down the street for lessons are gone. I wanted to build a school with excellent teachers, a solid curriculum that included computer learning, a commitment to the individual, and a safe environment. Families have a right to demand that kind of experience.”

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Foessett, a native of Brazil, first began playing at the conservatory at the age of 4. She traveled to the United States for the first time as an exchange student at the University of Central Florida, later finishing her Bachelor of Arts there. After performing and studying in Spain for three years, Foessett returned to Florida to earn her master’s in music education at UCF, and to make the U.S. her home. She soon met her husband, Richard, who was completing his master’s in economics. The daughter of small business owners, Foessett appreciated Richard’s business acumen. The couple shared a strong work ethic and a business philosophy that included going the extra mile for customers. Together, they dreamed that Foessett would one day open a music school.

As her school began to flourish, Foessett was delighted by the diversity of cultures that gathered at her school, including both teachers and students. One such instructor, Mrs. Maria, hails from Armenia. Mrs. Maria teaches piano at the school, and in May she was named Charlotte Music School Teacher of the Year. >

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“I taught at the top schools in my country and still learn something new here every day — personally and professionally,” she says. “So many different cultures come together under this roof. It’s amazing.” Foessett pays close attention to personalities to create the perfect pairing of student and teacher. Parent Rebecca Bunke says careful matching is one reason she’s willing to drive her three boys, ages 8 to 15, 90 miles from their home in Dobson to take lessons at the school. “One of my children has ADHD and his teacher is very patient and positive with him,” she says. Bunke has another son whom she describes as a “perfectionist,” and a third — a teenager — that she wants to keep engaged in learning. Charlotte Music School has found the ideal matching teacher for each son. The school also is geared to meet the needs of students of all ages. “Many of our adult students come here to pick up an instrument they left behind years ago or never had time — or courage — to pursue,” Foessett says. Such is the case of Nelson Sweezy. “I grew up with the classic rock bands of the ‘60s and ‘70s,” says Sweezy, 55. “I was in the corporate world and never stopped to do the one thing I always wanted to do — learn to play the drums!” A little over a year ago, Sweezy took a tour of Charlotte Music School, and was hooked. While the school wasn’t the closest to his south Charlotte home, Sweezy knew he’d found the right place to pursue his life-long desire. “I have been extremely pleased with how far I’ve come,” he says. Sweezy was also surprised to be introduced to learning music on the computer. Students at the school enjoy a halfhour lesson, followed by 15 minutes in the Music Tech Lab. In the school’s computer lab, students learn theory, ear training, music composition, and history. A supervising teacher is on-hand to answer questions. “Kids have a connection to computer learning. It’s comfortable,” Foessett says. “It is the second-largest investment we make here. But we know that students learn faster with this technology — and it’s fun!” Foessett’s students inherit her passion for sharing music and take what they’ve learned into the community. Outside of class, students delight the residents of area nursing

Helen Foessett is delighted by the diverse mix of students and teachers found at her school, which offers instruction on a variety of instruments and an emphasis on careful student/teacher matching.

homes with their musical abilities. There also are two recitals for students each year. “There’s nothing like working hard at something and actually finishing well,” she says. “It’s a powerful emotion that changes lives.” Foessett admits that she has succeeded in building her dream, however, she strives for continued growth. Plans for a second school are in the works. “There are so many dedicated teachers of music out there,” Foessett says. “I want to bring them into a place where they can thrive, where they can do what they love in a welcoming place.” TCW

ToLearnMore Charlotte Music School is located at 10210 Berkeley Place Drive, Suite 150. Visit CharlotteMusicSchool.com for information.

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Beautiful Dreamers S e v e n L o c a l A r t i s t s R e v e a l Th e H e a r t B e h i n d Th e i r A r t By lee rhodes

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ach year, TCW highlights amazing women in the Charlotte area who have devoted their lives to the creation of art. From photographers to flutists to painters to potters, this year, as in the past, we were able to uncover some amazing women who are doing beautiful things around The Queen City. Come take a peek with us into the workshops and minds of a handful of talented artists working — and dreaming — around town. >

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A “I am so very happy that we have a new space at CAST in NoDa, where we can dance and fly on our apparati.”

Caroline Calouche

Caroline Calouche Da n c e r

As executive director of Caroline Calouche & Co., a unique dance company that melds contemporary and aerial dance, Caroline Calouche has much to be proud of. She has garnered numerous grants and awards, studied under some of the country’s most prestigious dancers, and serves as creator and director of the

Charlotte Dance Festival. After beginning her training at the Gaston Dance Theater in Gastonia, Calouche studied in Texas, and performed around the country and in Germany. The pull of her hometown was strong, however, and she returned to North Carolina to found Caroline Calouche & Co. in 2005.

If I were not a dancer, I would be … a physical therapist or chef. I have always loved learning how the human body moves in a biomechanical way, and a physical therapist uses biomechanics to help people feel better. Chefs are artists in how they blend ingredients to create food that makes people happy or relaxes them.

When others experience my art, I want them to ... be engaged, entertained, and to take something for themselves from it.

I cannot create if I don’t have … dancers or people willing to move.

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Lonnie Davis Jazz Musician

When Lonnie Davis began playing the violin in elementary school, building upon the love of music her family shared, she realized the instrument didn’t speak to her. “I think instruments have a lot to do with the personality of the person who plays them,” says Davis, who switched to flute and has never looked back. She attended

the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and the University of New Orleans. After studying under a series of legendary musicians, Davis and her husband moved to Charlotte in 2006, in order to create a stronger jazz scene in what she calls “a very progressive city.” She now leads her own ensemble, The Lonnie Davis Quartet.

If I were not a musician, I would be … an architect. I love to create and build.

When others experience my art, I want them to … enjoy it.

I cannot create if I don’t have … a specific vision or goal in mind.

About my work space: That would be my garage. It’s been converted into a commercial studio, and has a cool and funky collection of relics that are inspiring: old vinyl album covers, posters of past performances, and pictures of old music legends.

What fuels my creative spirit: I find that I reference a lot of past conversations and lessons from those whom I really respect. The thought of the masters who taught me fuels my creative spirit.

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For Gena VanDyke, a self-professed “Jill of many trades,” working as a potter is the ultimate career choice. “I just fell into it,” the 61-year-old admits. “You’re not born knowing you’re going to be an artist.” VanDyke, whose work is now on display around the world, took her first clay

class in 1986 and quit her day job about a decade later. Now, her days are filled with pottery, art shows, and gallery openings. Some weeks she works as many as 120 hours — “It’s as the deadlines or the muse strikes,” she says — but she loves every minute of it.

If I wasn’t a potter, I would be … a weaver, glass blower, metalsmith, or maybe just for fun, a grape stomper.

Happy Tea Pot, the steps taken to achieve the balanced flow of lines or the function of a dripless spout are all part of the process. Finishing with a great glaze is the final touch to complete the work.

I cannot create if I don’t have … a vision of the finished project in mind. That sounds too obvious, but it’s true for most anything done well.

“Working as a potter is the ultimate career choice. I just fell into it.”

Gena VanDyke

What fuels my creative spirit: The “what if” or “how to” in achieving an item. From an art piece like the Mantle of Honor, to a functional piece like a

When others experience my art, I want them to … feel a sense of joyful balance. It may be subtle, but the grounding effect of clay is very real. About my work space: It’s controlled chaos and a real mess — but that’s how I like it!

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On a whim, she reached out to a handful of filmmakers for advice, and this led to a visit to a Wilmington, N.C., movie set and, ultimately, the founding of Dalliance with her three business partners in 2008. These days, Taylor is involved in every aspect of the company, which completed its first feature film last fall.

If I were not a film producer, I would be … a teacher. I believe that when we share knowledge, we also instill a deeper understanding of a topic within ourselves.

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“In my experience, working creatively with others allows a film project to evolve into something far superior than I could have ever created on my own.”

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LaVonndra Johnson recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of her boutique, Elle VJ, located at the Hart Witzen Gallery. Her love of fashion goes back much longer, however. “My father was one of the best-dressed men I’ve ever seen,” she says, “so it’s natural that I’d follow in

his footsteps.” The former owner of a wedding and event-planning firm, Johnson nonetheless was nervous about opening her own boutique. She needn’t have been. Elle VJ is known for being more than a traditional clothier — due in part to Johnson’s connection with customers.

If I were not a fashion designer, I would be … a photographer. I’ve always had a love for photography and beautiful things.

When others experience my art, I want them to ... be wowed. I definitely want them to take away an image of me and my boutique as being professional and courteous, and to know that I genuinely do care about their experience.

I cannot create if I don’t have … peace.That’s essential for me. I have to have peace of mind and overall balance. What fuels my creative spirit: Digging deep from within. A lot of times, I don’t start a project with a particular direction. I’ll just go based on what I feel inside, and it develops from there.

About my work space: It’s very organized. I don’t like clutter, so I like it to be very sophisticated and chic. Visit the artist and her work: ellevj.com

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Patty Rogers, a fine art photographer, came by her craft late in life. The 57-year-old had always dabbled in photography and taken the occasional class, but didn’t pursue a degree in photography until her sons were grown. At that

time, she enrolled in Savannah College of Art and Design. She graduated last year, and recently participated in two group shows in New York City. Now, she says, “It’s almost impossible not to create. It’s a way of life.”

If I were not a photographer, I would be … a fashion designer. I love fashion design for the same reasons I love photography: an engagement in the creative process from beginning to completion, the forming of an idea in the mind’s eye, the plan of action, the tactile sense that is stimulated by the hands-on approach, the fine-tuning of the details, and finally, the observation, engagement, and hopefully appreciation, as others view the presented image or garment.

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I cannot create if I don’t have … solitude. I think it is most important for artists to find the time to spend alone

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a hobby, but once she left her career in fashion and moved from New York City to Charlotte, her hobby turned more serious. Today, her work, which includes two collections (one of them a custom line), is featured in a dozen stores across the Southeast.

If I were not a jewelry artist, I would … have probably pursued a career in the fashion magazine industry.

When others experience my art by wearing my jewelry … I want them to feel sexy and beautiful. I hope my jewelry is a tactile experience for the person wearing it, and not just a visual addition to an outfit. It has been created for women to wear, not the other way around.

I cannot create if I don’t have … music playing and a head full of ideas.

“I hope my jewelry is a tactile experience for the person wearing it, and not just a visual addition to an outfit. It has been created for women to wear, not the other way around.”

What fuels my creative spirit: All sorts of things. I recently got inspired by some river rocks that I had in a vase at home. I began to go through them and loved the organic shapes. This simple experience birthed my river rock collection, which has been really popular this summer.

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Over the years, one thing remains the same: Charlotte’s got art. Read on for an insider’s look into the lineup of new seasons and exhibits from performance groups, theaters, and museums around town. Here’s hoping our annual arts guide inspires you to get cultural! Note: Visit each organization’s website for complete 2011-12 season information.

Actor’s Theatre Of Charlotte actorstheatrecharlotte.org 704/342-2251 In The Next Room Sept. 9-Oct. 1

Jack Goes Boating Jan. 12-Feb. 11, 2012

Olga Kern Oct. 7

Carolina Voices

The Sphinx Virtuosi Nov. 4

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Next Fall Oct. 28-Nov. 19

Home, Sweet Home: A Thanksgiving Concert Nov. 19-20

Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas Dec. 14-23

The 57th Annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 10-11

Clybourne Park April 6-28, 2012

Crazy Love Feb. 11, 2012

The Bechtler Museum Of Modern Art

Hooray For Hollywood May 12-13, 2012

Bechtler.org 704/353-9200 Remembering Cascade: Tinguely’s Last Sculpture Sept. 9-Jan. 16, 2012

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Geometry And Experimentation: European Art Of The 1960s And 1970s Oct. 7-Jan. 30, 2012

CPCC Theatre Shows The Civil War Sept. 23-Oct. 2

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Oct. 28-Nov. 6

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The Salzburg Chamber Soloists Jan. 27, 2012 Canadian Brass April 20, 2012

Charlotte Folk Society folksociety.org 704/372-3655 Rye Mountain Boys Sept. 9 Bishop Dready Manning Oct. 14 The Flat Possum Hoppers Feb. 10, 2012 Red June April 13, 2012 Viva Klezmer! June 8, 2012

The Charlotte Museum Of History charlottemuseum.org 704/568-1774

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Classics Pictures At An Exhibition Sept. 16-17 Mozart’s Réquiem Nov. 11-12 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Feb. 3-4, 2012 All Tchaikovsky March 30-31, 2012 Beethoven Missa Solemnis May 11-12, 2012 Pops Kenny G Sept. 23

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Rapunzel Feb. 10-26, 2012 Step Afrika! March 2-3, 2012

Davidson Community Players davidsoncommunityplayers.org 704/892-7953 Love Letters Oct. 6-23 Retrieving The Lamb Dec. 1-18

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Jan. 21-23, 2012

Harvey B. Gantt Center For African-American Arts+Culture ganttcenter.org 704/547-3700 Paper Trail: Romare Bearden Works On Paper Sept. 2-Jan. 22, 2012

Levine Museum Of The New South museumofthenewsouth.org 704/333-1887 Cotton Fields To Skyscrapers Permanent exhibit Clockwise from top left: Martina Filjac performs with the Charlotte Symphony in Pictures At An Exhibition at the Charlotte Symphony Belk Theater Sept. 16-17; the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art offers the exhibit Geometry And Experimentation 7.81”x3.068” 1112 Pops Season Ad Oct. 7 through Jan. 30, 2012; and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center presents the awardwinning musical Jersey Boys at the Belk Theater Feb. 22 through March 11, 2012.08/10/11

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Film The Myth Of The American Sleepover Sept. 8-10 Exhibits The Night Time Is The Right Time: Mitchell Kearney And Jim Herrington Sept. 6-Jan. 8, 2012 Streetwise: Masters Of ‘60s Photography Oct. 3-Jan. 22, 2012 eARTh Exchange: Building Awareness, Community, And Powerful Art Jan. 15-May 13, 2012 The Calm Before The Storm: Human Interaction With The Natural Landscape Jan. 30-May 6, 2012 Special Event 30th Annual Art Auction Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St. Nov. 19, 7 p.m.

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BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AT LEVINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 420 SOUTH TRYON ST CHARLOTTE, NC BECHTLER.ORG NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE, LA CABEZA OU TÊTE DE MORT (GRANDE), 2000. ©2011 NIKI CHARITABLE ARTS FOUNDATION. PHOTO: KRISTIN ALEXANDER. THIS EXHIBITION IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH A GENEROUS GRANT FROM WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK.

Matthews Playhouse matthewsplayhouse.com 704/846-8343 The Miracle Worker Oct. 14-23 School House Rock Live! Nov. 4-13 Children Of Eden Feb. 10-19, 2012 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory April 27-29, 2012

The McColl Center For Visual Art mccollcenter.org 704/332-5535 Elements: Works By Michael Gayk And Carrie M. Becker Sept. 2-Jan. 7, 2012 (Opening reception Sept. 23; Nov. 18) Works By Sonya Clark And Quisqueya Henriquez Jan. 27-March 24, 2012 (Opening reception Jan. 27, 2012) Squared: Works By Injoo Whang And Caitlin Masley May 11-Aug. 18, 2012 (Opening reception May 11, 2012)

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Mint Museum Randolph Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett And Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company Sept. 17-Feb. 26, 2012 Of Hounds And Men: Rockingham Pottery From The Lewis Collection Through Oct. 30 Threads Of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles Dec. 31

Photo courtesy of Charlotte folk society

Mint Museum Uptown Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections Sept. 2-Jan. 8, 2012 Shelia Hicks: Fifty Years Oct. 1-Jan. 29, 2012 Attitude And Alchemy: The Metalwork Of Gary Noffke Through Sept. 11

Clockwise from left: Natalie Cole comes to Ovens Auditorium April 13, 2012, as part of the Charlotte Symphony’s Pops series; North Carolina Dance Theatre’s annual Nutcracker returns Dec. 9 through 11; and the Charlotte Folk Society presents the Rye Mountain Boys Sept. 9 at the Great Aunt Stella Center.

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Condoleeza Rice Oct. 25 For The Love Of Harlem Oct. 28-Nov. 12 Memphis Jan. 3-8, 2012

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Jersey Boys Feb. 22-March 11, 2012 Miles & Coltrane Feb. 29-March 3, 2012 Bring It On April 10-15, 2012

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North Carolina Dance Theatre ncdance.org 704/372-0101 Innovative Works Nov. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 Nutcracker Dec. 9-11, 16-18 Sleeping Beauty March 8-11, 15-18, 2012 Dangerous Liaisons April 26-28, 2012

Opera Carolina operacarolina.org 704/332-7177 Il Trovatore Oct. 15, 20, 23 Madama Butterfly Jan. 21, 26, 28, 29, 2012 Eugene Onegin March 17, 22, 25, 2012

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Gallery Crawl D i sc o v e r F i n e A r t G alle r i es A r o u n d T he Q u ee n C i t y Charlotte Fine Art Specializes in a diverse mix of work from artists throughout the United States

Elder Art Gallery Specializes in original and affordable artwork in a variety of styles

Hidell Brooks Gallery Specializes in the work of well-established contemporary narrative and figurative artists

Carmel Village, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, 12A 704/541-0741 charlottefineart.com

1427 South Blvd., Suite 101 704/370-6337 elderart.com

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Christa Faut Gallery Specializes in contemporary fine art, pottery, and jewelry

Harris Holt Picture Framing & Art Consultation Specializes in framing designs and an extensive selection

19818 N. Cove Road, Suite E3 Jetton Village, Cornelius 704/892-5312 christafautgallery.com

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Clayworks Studio & Gallery Specializes in the promotion and development of ceramic arts

Hart Witzen Gallery Specializes in being a self-sustaining arts venue through the rental of gallery and studio space

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Hodges Taylor Art Gallery & Consultancy Specializes in art consultation for corporations and private collectors Transamerica Square 401 N. Tryon St. 704/334-3799 hodgestaylor.com Jerald Melberg Gallery Specializes in classic contemporary American art by a diverse group of nationally and internationally known artists 625 S. Sharon Amity Road 704/365-3000 jeraldmelberg.com Lark & Key Gallery Specializes in accessible work by emerging artists and artisans 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B 704/334-4616 larkandkey.com Maddi’s Gallery Specializes in fun, eclectic American craft, jewelry, and Southern Folk art

Farm at Dusk, by Henry Barnes, can be found at Shain Gallery, which is owned by Gabrielle Shain-Bryson and located in Myers Park.

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Left, Romare Bearden’s Evening can be found at Jerald Melberg Gallery. Right, Lark & Key Gallery features work by co-owner Duy Huynh, plus emerging artists.

McColl Center For Visual Art Specializes in advancing creativity for artists and the public 721 N. Tryon St. 704/332-5535 mccollcenter.org New South, A Joie Lassiter Gallery Specializes in regional, national, and international artwork 1430 S. Mint St., Suite 105 704/373-1464 lassitergallery.com Providence Gallery Specializes in a combination of fine art and custom framing 601-A Providence Road 704/333-4535 providencegallery.net Pura Vida Worldly Art Specializes in strengthening the community by offering art and crafts from around the world 3202-A N. Davidson St. 704/335-8587 puravidaart.com The Queen’s Gallery & Art Center Specializes in providing aspiring artists a place to create and display work 1212 The Plaza 704/372-2993 thequeensgallery.com

RedSky Gallery Specializes in original paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, plus works in the fine-craft media of glass, ceramics, fiber, metal, wood, jewelry, and artto-wear Dilworth: 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Suite 120 704/377-6400 EpiCentre: 210 E. Trade St., Suite B-134 704/971-7552 redskygallery.com Renee George Gallery Specializes in contemporary abstract and realistic fine art and sculpture

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225 E. Worthington Ave., Suite 100 704/332-3278 reneegeorgegallery.com Shain Gallery Specializes in consulting and acquisition assistance 2823 Selwyn Ave. 704/334-7744 shaingallery.com Wentworth Gallery Specializes in a wide selection of originals, limited-edition prints, and sculptures from acclaimed artists SouthPark mall 4400 Sharon Road 704/365-2733 wentworthgallery.com

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of galleries in the area. To have a gallery added to next year’s list, please email editor@todayscharlottewoman.com. TCW

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The former director of The Light Factory, Linda Foard Roberts has filled her home with fine art and antiques.

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inda Foard Roberts’ photographic art celebrates the cycles of life and the passing of time. “So often people will say, ‘I’ll be happy when …’ but I want them to take time to be in the moment, to enjoy life. I think I don’t take anything for granted. I try to cherish every moment,” Roberts says.

Using 5-by-7-inch cameras and old lenses, she photographs simple images portraying complex ideas no one adjective can adequately describe. Her house is no different. Located on a wooded three acres in Weddington, Roberts’ magnificent two-story stucco home is at once imposing and welcoming, a mansion with the heart of a cottage, a place where family and animals — two dogs, one cat, and a bearded dragon named Spike — all feel at home. A place where nothing, and no one, is taken for granted.

Home Is Where The Art Is Building Graphics designed the country French home with a hint of Biltmore inspiration, which is espe-

cially evident around the windows. Charlotte contractor Bob Westra oversaw construction, with Roberts’ father, Richard Foard of Foard Construction, offering invaluable advice throughout the process. The main floor houses the master bedroom and bath, the dining and living rooms, and kitchen and breakfast area, plus amenities such as an outdoor shower, three fireplaces, and a large stone balcony. An open curving staircase with wrought iron railings gracefully connects the top and main floors. Two children’s bedrooms and baths are nestled on the top floor. The basement features a media room, bar and gathering room, an exercise room, and a patio designed for > S E P T E M B E R

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Designer Aida Saul helped pull together the home’s eclectic components, including the wooden boar-like sculpture (top right) by Charlotte artist Jim Nicholson, found on an alcove above the front door. The breakfast area (bottom right) features Scandinavian high-backed chairs nestled around an Old English table of reclaimed wood.

entertaining. Moose antlers hang above the fireplace downstairs, courtesy of husband George, who grew up in Alaska. An immaculate three-bay garage on the basement level holds several collectible cars. Two stories above, a father-in-law suite doubles as Roberts’ studio, providing the filtered northern light required for her photographs. The house’s driveway ends with a goldfish pond, a foreshadowing of what can be found out back. The rear of the house is predominately windows, to provide an unobstructed view of a zeroedge swimming pool and a private lake beyond, where Roberts’ children, George, 10, and Nicole, 12, enjoy fishing and canoeing.

Furnishings With Feeling Inside the home, Roberts has furnished the home carefully, choosing mostly older pieces that have a story to tell. “I actually have very little new The Roberts’ home is a mansion with the heart of a cottage — and much of that heart can be attributed to the unique works of art and fine old furniture housed within.

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Art created by Linda Foard Roberts hangs throughout the house, mingling with the esteemed works of her peers — which gives the impression of a gathering of friends.

meld into an incredible whole. “Aida put me on the right track and had amazing taste at a time when I didn’t know what my taste was,” Roberts says. “She really knows how to pull it all together. She’s brilliant.”

A Personal Gallery The Roberts’ love and appreciation of art is apparent in every room. In addition to being a photographer, Roberts served for five years as the executive director of The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography in Charlotte, one of only four museums for photography and film in the United States. Likewise, she has met and worked with many artistic peers from around the world. Some of her favorite personal work, plus pieces by more than 20 other fine artists, grace every corner of the home. And since she knows most of the artists whose work hangs on the walls, it’s a little

Angel wings by Jim Nicholson make a strong addition to the home’s guest bedroom (top), while a stately curving staircase conjoins the upper and lower floors.

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Global shopping with a home-town touch (Clockwise from top) Roberts’ magnificent photograph, Tree In Winter, resides in the master bedroom; other works include Hawk, and 98 Candles, a tribute to her grandmother. The home’s many artistic treasures create a comfortable atmosphere for family and visitors.

like having close friends nearby. “I see the people in the art; because I know just about everyone whose work we have, it’s all so connected,” she says. A second-story alcove above the front door hosts a large, wooden, boar-like sculpture — a mythical creature purported to be a Mexican good-luck charm. The sculpture is the creation of Charlotte artist Jim Nicholson, as are the angel wings hanging above the bed in the guest bedroom. The work of artist Carolyn Demeritt, the curator at Hodges

Taylor Gallery, hangs on the staircase wall. “Linda” is a black and white photograph of Roberts covered in clay. The same picture is on the front of “Eloisa,” a recently published Spanish poetry book on display in the living room. The works of Pinky Bass, Alice Sebrell, Byron Baldwin, Herb Jackson, Crista Cammaroto, Juan Logan, Sonia Handelman Meyer, Kristina Rogers, and so many more fill the house. And there is a story behind every single piece. “If someone collects work, >

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The moose antlers hanging above the downstairs fireplace are complements of husband George, who grew up in Alaska.

Linda Foard Roberts, a Charlotte native and graduate of Myers Park High School, received an MFA from Arizona State University. She served as executive director of The Light Factory from 1990-1995. Roberts is represented by Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco; Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte; and Sol del Rio, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

they need to collect something that pulls at their heartstrings,” Roberts says. Her own pieces mingle with those of other artists, adding her unique perspective to the mix. “98 Candles” celebrates her grandmother’s 98 years of life. “9/11” shows 2-year-old Nicole, fast asleep on the couch in her Easter dress, while the Twin Towers burn on the television behind. “Hawk” displays feathers and bones of the once majestic bird that her son found dead in the woods, embodying the beauty and wonder she sees in both life and death. “None of us know how long we are going to live,” Roberts says. “We just need to celebrate what we have all the time. You can’t have life without death — you can’t have one without the other. To me, my art celebrates life.” TCW 60

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day after her 16th birthday, and was quickly followed by an approximately 70-mile round trip. She is currently pursuing her pilot’s license, which she hopes to receive in December. When Kaitlyn is not in the air, she’s in the water. She began swimming competitively at age 6 and is a member of SwimMAC Carolina. She also enjoys scuba diving. “It’s very relaxing,” she says. “I love being underwater.” Her deep-sea adventures, which include exploring shipwrecks, also give her an opportunity to engage in another exciting hobby — underwater videography. Kaitlyn considers herself extremely blessed and feels called to share her blessings with others. She has racked up hundreds of community service hours. In addition to charitable works with her church, she also spends her summers volunteering at youth camps as both a swim and a scubadiving instructor. Another way this modern day Amelia Earhart gives back is by electing to not receive birthday presents from friends. In fact, she hasn’t received such a gift since the fourth grade. Instead, she asks family and friends to donate to selected charities on her behalf. “On my 16th birthday, we actually sent a kid to Disney World through Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids with the money that we raised,” Kaitlyn says. “It felt really good.” TCW

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