Four Artist Group Show 'Earth, Wind & Fire' at ClearWater

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Four Artists Juxtapose Different Styles in Group Show, ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’

CONCORD, NC – ClearWater Artist Studios is excited to announce and invite the public to view a special Guest Artist Exhibition in the CW Main Gallery: “Earth, Wind & Fire,” on view January 7 – February 3, 2017

This joint show juxtaposes the different styles of four artists: Regina Calton Burchett, ClearWater Resident artist (pastels + oil); Debbie Rasberry (pastels); Carmella Jarvi (glass); and Chris Craft (encaustics).  In turn, their fresh, contemporary work itself contrasts with the setting, a sprawling, former industrial building in the heart of Concord, near the Historic Downtown.

These artists, whose work all explores different elemental relationships between form and color, the eye and the hand, perception and expression, and the elements of Nature, come together with their very different styles in a joint celebration of Earth, Wind & Fire.  The show will fill the 2,000+ sq-ft Main Gallery in ClearWater Artist Studios.

The Opening Reception, Friday January 13, 2017 from 6-8:30pm, will feature all four artists, with refreshments, music, and discussion, along with an artist demonstration and talk by Chris Craft, encaustic painter, at 7pm during the reception.

Additional Artist Demonstrations will be held the following day, Saturday January 14, during Second Saturday Open Studios at ClearWater, which runs 10am – 4pm (featuring other resident artists with studios open, plus a woodturning club).  Regina Burchett’s pastel demo and talk will be at Noon; and Carmella Jarvi will give a glass demo and talk at 2pm.

Burchett, whose background includes architectural stone drafting, creates pastels and oil paintings of sweeping cloud-scapes and skies, capturing the intricacy of light and shadow; she works “until I feel it reaches a spiritual level.” Jarvi took a decades-long fascination with depicting water in her paintings, and switched to glass as her medium in 2011.  She considers her works, still focusing on water, as ‘paintings in glass.’  Craft paints abstract landscapes in encaustic, or wax-based paint, which can be carved, drawn and painted on in interpreting the imagery of his imagination.  The fourth artist, Debbie Rasberry, originally from South Africa, skillfully addresses both wildlife and landscapes in pastels, with a keen eye for color and light. The artists’ work can be viewed on their respective websites:,, and

ClearWater’s Gallery is open to the public Weds-Friday Noon-5pm; every 2nd Saturday 10am-4pm; or by appointment. The ClearWater Gallery, outdoor Green, and open-air covered Market are available to rent out for private events and parties.

LOCATION: Clearwater Artist Studios, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord, NC 28025. For details and weekly hours, see; or, call 704-784-9535.