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The Alchemy of Painting: Recent Works by Cindy Walton and George Masry Isaac Sep 12, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Elberson Fine Arts Center,
Exhibition Dates: August 25 - October 17 Reception: Friday, September 12 | 6 :00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cindy Walton, C’79, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., is a 25 year resident of Asheville, N.C. A committed artist from childhood, Walton earned a BA from Salem College and a BFA from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout her art career, Walton has developed highly personalized techniques that translate and transform nature. As a result, her paintings, whether abstract or figurative, are transformative interpretations rather than literal renderings. George Masry Isaac was born in Egypt in 1960 to a Coptic Christian family. He moved to the United States from Egypt in 1979 and earned his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. As an artist, he has sought to understand the complex underpinnings of Egyptian culture — with all of its multiple layers of history and art — and to assimilate it with contemporary thought and artistic practice.
Harvest Blessings: The Works of Alla Salko and Yury Salko Sep 12, 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Mary Davis Holt Back Gallery, Elberson Fine Arts Center,
Exhibition Dates: August 25 - October 17 Reception: Friday, September 12 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Alla Salko was born in Lutsk, Ukraine. An honorary member of the National Academy of Fine Arts of Brazil, Salko has received the silver medal for the NAFA International Art Competition. She has participated in more than 60 exhibitions and symposiums, showcasing pieces that focus on volume and shape, with careful light and shadow details. Yury Salko has won a number of awards across the world, including being a member of Academic Senate at the International Academy of Modern Art in Rome, Italy. Born in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, Salko is the author and coordinator of “Kam Art,”a collaborative project featuring artists who’s pieces share the rich cultural heritage of Transnistria, a breakaway territory near the Moldovan border.
Heidi Durrow: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky Sep 16, 2014 07:30 PM Shirley Recital Hall,
Heidi W. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. Rachel moves to a community where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. The book explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking, “Must race confine us and define us?” The Girl Who Fell From the Sky received Barbara Kingsolver’s 2008 PEN/Bellweather Prize for Literature of Social Change. It has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, a Top 10 Buzz Book of 2010 by the Boston Herald, and named a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist. Durrow has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Leaders of 2010 and, in 2011, was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut. This free event is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Events. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.
Michele Berger: Transformational Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies Sep 18, 2014 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM Shirley Recital Hall,
Dr. Berger reflects on the multiple, complicated, and inspirational lessons learned through writing and researching her most recent co-authored book, Transforming Scholarship: How Women’s and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and the World. Her talk will discuss the value and importance of women’s and gender studies undergraduate training in the 21st century, and how to spark and sustain feminist change as individuals and collectively. Michele Tracy Berger is associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, adjunct professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, and Vice President of the National Women’s Studies Association. Free admission. Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Events.
TWYLA THARP: Living the Creative Life Oct 18, 2014 from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Twyla Tharp, American dancer, choreographer, writer and director of stage, TV and film, will share from her life’s experiences, and from her book The Creative Habit. Dancers Rika Okamoto and Alexander Brady will participate throughout as well as lead demonstrations that feature Salem College dance students performing excerpts from Tharp’s early dance piece, “Torelli,” followed by excerpts from Tharp’s community based piece, “The One Hundreds.” The evening will have one intermission, and after the final curtain, a reception will be held in the lobby with Tharp, Okamoto, and Brady. Made possible by a generous gift from June Porter Johnson. This free event has general admission seating and is open to the public. Reservations are not required.

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