This month, Ciel Gallery artists won the triple crown! Well, not exactly. But good things come in threes, and this month is no exception.
First up, Ladianne Henderson is wearing the crown of the first Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Grand Mural Artist! Her mural, sponsored by MetLife, can be viewed at 330 S. Tryon St on the second floor across from the elevator bank. Henderson won this crown by popular vote in a mural competition after responding to a call for artists earlier in the year.
"Being an artist means committing to a constant process of growth and exploration - a process that has to continue even when you’re given incredible opportunities like the one I received as the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s first Grand Mural artist,” says Henderson. " I’m thrilled beyond belief to have this awesome chance to see my artwork displayed in the Chamber for the next three years, but I’m also motivated to work that much harder in my illustration and artwork practice."
The second crown goes to Emily Andress and Jonathan Grauel for their live, onsite installation art at the AmerisourceBergen offices in Charlotte. Andress and Grauel responded as joint collaborators to a call for artists. The installation was to be a live event over several days, with the goal of engaging company employees in collaboration, community and cooperation. The final product is a triptych featuring iconic Charlotte buildings in Grauel’s signature style, Queen Charlotte as imagined by Andress and much more.
"For me, this collaboration showed me very clearly that Jonathan is phenomenal to work with,” says Andress. "We would like to continue doing this by offering it to corporations as team building events. Grauel found the philosophical side of collaboration: "Just like employees add texture and form to a company, the same was true with the project, the shapes the Amerisourcebergen team drew were woven into our design to give it even deeper texture."
And the final crown goes to Emily Andress, who was hand-picked by head of the Arts & Sciences Council to paint a portrait of Queen Charlotte after the Mayor’s office received a call from London. Where is this portrait going? Only to the Princess and Duchess! In the the portrait, Queen Charlotte’s hands tell a story of a young mother who is shushing the painter because the baby, who she is gently cradling with the other hand, is sleeping. For this piece, Andress adjusted her style slightly. “I usually do an almost exclusively dark underpainting punctuated by crisp line work, on this painting I included red in the background to liven up the feel of the backdrop....almost suggesting the red drapery behind the pastel painting I used as a reference,” she says.
A photo of the piece will not be released until the painting is safely delivered into royal hands.
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