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Artist Talks! RCCC Faculty Show & Closing Reception

'Return to Chaos III' by Anna Kenar, and 'Single Whip' by Mikel Frank, (Details), shown here in our banner and currently on view in our Gallery

Come hear two amazing artists share about their work!

Ms. Kenar will speak at 6:30p.m.; Mr. Frank will speak at 7:00p.m.  Free and open to the public!

Artist Bio's below... see the Facebook Event Page for more photos & pre-event posts

ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord will host a closing reception and two Artist Talks as part of the 2nd annual Faculty Show of selected artworks by nine Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department faculty members. 

The Talks will be Thursday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. The show has been on view in the ClearWater Gallery since mid-January. The range of works include 6-foot tall watercolor close-ups of trees, photography, photo-collage, abstract and surrealist painting, and mixed media. 

The Artist Talks will be by Anna Kenar, whose intaglio prints examining and manipulating imagery from World War II photos are on exhibit; and Mikel Frank, whose colorful abstract paintings incorporate tissue and other materials and artifacts. Mr. Frank has also recently retired from 29 years as an Events coordinator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.  Ms. Kenar is originally from Poland and also teaches at UNC-Charlotte.
Ms. Kenar will speak at 6:30 and Mr. Frank will speak at 7pm.

ClearWater Artist Studios is at 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see; email; or call the office at 704-784-9535. Open to the public most weekdays, with plenty of free parking. Official hours Weds-Fri Noon-6pm and every 2nd Saturday.

Paintings by Mikel Frank at CW Gallery.jpg

We are so lucky to have Mikel Frank in this community!  
Mikel Frank's 'Short Bio':

Mikel Frank worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC from 1986 to 2014, while staying active simultaneously as an artist and in the arts community through involvement as a Board member, curator and tour guide at the 1978 Maplewood Art Center in Maplewood, NJ. In February 2005, Mikel was a member of the installation crew on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Gates Project in Central Park, 1975-2005,” in New York City. Mikel exhibited his work many times in the semi-annual Employee Art Show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has an ongoing collaborative art partnership with painter and filmmaker, Gerard Amsellem, called The Visual Passion Duo which has presented a number of live painting demonstrations and collaborative art events. Mr. Frank has exhibited in shows and competitions throughout the country and his work is in many private collections. Mikel Frank holds an MFA degree in painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; and a BFA degree from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Baltimore, MD. He has co-curated major exhibitions and continues to paint, while teaching at RCCC.

About his artwork, he says: “In my collage work, I create a narrative placing appropriated images from different sources and juxtapose them in a way that creates questions and implies meaning. I use painting techniques and plastic elements of art making with these images, which are weighted with symbolism and art historical references. Painting for me is an expression of what is going on in my life at the time, what is going on inside me.”

Mr. Frank will present his Artist Talk in the CW Gallery at 7:00.

Prints by Anna Kenar at CW Gallery.jpg

We are so lucky to have Anna Kenar in this community!
Anna Kenar's 'Short Bio':

Anna Kenar teaches as a full-time studio art instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC), in addition to classes at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and in the College of Art + Architecture at UNC Charlotte, NC. Kenar holds an MFA degree in Printmaking from Northern University of Illinois, DeKalb, IL. The central concept guiding Anna’s investigation revolves around the themes relating to the human condition. She is interested in examining concepts of conflict, alienation, power, and control. 

About her series Return to Chaos, a set of intaglio prints on display in the RCCC Faculty Show at ClearWater, she says: says, “Return to Chaos series is based on images of the battlefields from World War I… My work considers the concept of dominance as inspired by images of war and nature, as well as theories of social order. I investigate the relationships between structure and chaos, constraint and enablement, beauty and violence as they relate to the human condition.” 

Ms. Kenar will present her Artist Talk at 6:30p.m.

Earlier Event: February 17
Gallery Reserved - Private Event
Later Event: March 3
Gallery Reserved - Private Event