Something odd is going on with several of our partners and members. Neighbors are whispering. Strangers are gawking. Passersby are staring. What are these ladies up to? Your Ciel reporter was on the scene to get the scoop!
I began by asking partner Emily Andress a few direct questions, but the answers I received were more mysterious than helpful…
What’s that hanging out of your car? “I have no idea what you are talking about…let me say this: my car has never had sticktual relations with anyone.”
What’s this we’re hearing about flashers? “There were no arrests made. These flashers were totally legal.”
Why do people think it’s nesting season in the driveway? “I understand the confusion as we have attracted quite a few birds recently.”
Which of you is in a ‘sticky’ situation? “I like to think of myself not so much as being in a sticky situation, but more as being a connoisseur of the vine.”
After that conversation, I was completely confused. I tried again with partner Laura Hitchcock…
“All I will say is the car and any flashers in question are under surveillance and we are keeping a tight rein on any activity they may or may not be performing. Any nesting goings on, which I cannot confirm or deny, is not to be discussed. “
Well folks, this reporter is now quite suspicious and has her twigs in a bunch. I’ll keep snooping. Stay tuned!
Hard work always pays off!
As full time artists we wear many hats. We Create, execute, market, find opportunities, teach, learn, administrate, make family time and the list goes on and on. Some how, we find time to do it all. As artists we feel it is an honor to be invited to show our work or to win awards or to be featured somewhere. It is those honors that keep us in perspective, keep us striving to be better at what we do every day.
Here is some recent news about a few Ciel artists:
Last fall, five Ciel artists participated in the Hanes “Art Legs” Project, the brainchild of Little Architects and David Kepron. I spent some time with Jonathan Grauel getting the scoop!
“It was inspired by public art projects in other cities, like the rocking chairs in the Chicago airport and the bulls in Fort Worth,” says Grauel. “Except this time it was legs.” Part of a permanent installation at the new Hanes concept store (“Inner Self”) at Charlotte Premium Outlets, this project features mannequin legs transformed by local artists into works of art.
“This was an opportunity to paint on something different, and it was FUN!” It was Grauel’s first time painting in 3D, and came with come comical moments along the way. “Picking up the legs was hilarious, I mean, there are what look like human legs sticking up in the back seat, with my daughter in the front seat rolling her eyes. It looked like a wreck inside my car,” explains Grauel. “Carrying this set of legs out of the store, I felt a bit clandestine and wondered what passersby might be thinking.” The comedy continued at home. “My art portrays villages - where do you put a village on a pair of legs? Placement was a critical consideration. And there came a moment when I realized ‘I am painting on a butt,’” Grauel laughs. “And then my wife walks in and sees me with a pair of legs in my lap, which was fun to explain.”
Ciel artists Emily Andress, Laura Hitchcock, Cindi Spillman and Jen Walls had similar experiences with legs transport and design. And explaining to their families why there was a pair of legs in the middle of the living room.
“The legs were inverted - sticking up in the air,” Grauel explains. “You had to think, now which way is up? Are the toes the sky for my village?” It was also Grauel’s first collaboration on a project with other Ciel artists. “I enjoyed hanging out with them, and it gave me huge respect for their art. I mean, oil painters, a photographer and a mark-maker managed to turn these legs into amazing pieces of art. And all within a two-week deadline. It was extreme art pressure.”
To learn more about the artists participating in this project, visit www.cielcharlotte.com. Visit the Inner Self Hanes concept store at Charlotte Premium Outlets to view the works live.
Wendy Hickey is the juror for the upcoming show "Back to the Garden." Ciel partner artist Claudia Soria met with Wendy last Friday at their favorite restaurant, Luna's Kitchen, located in the SouthEnd neighborhood.
This is what we learned about Wendy…
Job Title (or ArtPop Title): Founder, ArtPop & National Sales Representative, Adams Outdoor Advertising
Hometown: Murrells Inlet, SC
Claudia Soria: How long have you been in Charlotte, and what brought you here?
Wendy Hickey: 2 years and 5 months. I transferred here with my job.
CS: How did you get involved in the Arts & Culture sector?
WH: Started with my first board of director’s position with a local arts council in PA. I have always had a huge love for art and music.
CS: What is ArtPop and how did it get started?
WH: Art+Public Outdoor Project = ArtPop. I came up with the idea in about 2002 in the Pocono Mountain, PA area, where I worked as a sales manager for Adams Outdoor Advertising and served on the board of Directors for the Monroe County Arts Council. ArtPop’s Mission: To promote local artist work through available billboard space.
CS: What lies in the future for ArtPop and do you have other projects in the horizon?
WH: My goal is to bring ArtPop to every city that has billboards. I have 3 additional cities in the works right now. Many more to come!
CS: When it comes to our community in the Queen City, what is your “dream” or aspiration?
WH: To continue to promote local artists work and inspire our commuters and community. I want to be the voice of our local artist.
CS: Do you have a favorite artist (painter, musician, etc.)?
WH: Favorite local artist would be impossible for me to answer. Favorite musician is Eric Clapton.
CS: Do you have a favorite book and why is it your favorite?
WH: My favorite book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Why, it brings me back to my childhood, I am a dreamer.
CS: Please leave us with a favorite quote:
WH: “She was a lady and ladies always know when to leave” - From Fried Green Tomatoes.
CS: Thank you so much for your time!!!
WH: My pleasure! :)
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