Female artists shine in ‘Beyond the Curve’

Lambeth Marshall has always been an artist who thinks out of the box, so the nonprofit Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville’s upcoming exhibit feels like the right place to share her work.

Works of art from women across the region will be shown at the upcoming exhibit.

Marshall, a Waxhaw potter, is one of about 15 women who’ll contribute their work to “Beyond the Curve: Celebrating Women’s Vision.” The show opens Friday, March 22, with a special reception at 6:30 p.m. The gala will feature wine and cheese and live music, courtesy of local jazz artist Tenya Coleman. The exhibit runs through April 26.

The CCAC has hosted Beyond the Curve in the spring since 2010. The center’s Executive Director Lee Baumgarten said the exhibit was formed to give local female artists a chance to shine.

“It’s a way to bring awareness to local female artists and their creativity in their work,” Baumgarten said. “There’s not that many shows focused just on women’s vision, so that’s the main reason we started it and it’s been really successful ever since.”

The show features art of all mediums – oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, mosaics, jewelry and other 3-D art, such as ceramics and pottery. Each artist can enter up to three pieces in the show.

Although the exhibit isn’t juried, Baumgarten said it’s become considerably competitive due to its popularity. The show draws artists from the Charlotte region, Union County and even some areas in South Carolina. While Beyond the Curve features a few repeat artists, Baumgarten said the CCAC likes to give new faces a place to show their work, as well.

“We have a ton of repeat artists for other shows,” he said. “For this show, we try to give new people an opportunity to come and participate. Most artists in this show haven’t shown here before.

“We try to keep it broad, elevating the awareness and celebrating the creativity of female artists,” he added.

Marshall, who’s participated in Beyond the Curve before, has been a potter for more than 40 years, entering her artwork in numerous shows and teaching art classes at Queens University in Charlotte. Marshall draws inspiration from international cultures for her pottery, including raku ware – a Japanese form of pottery fired in an outside kiln – and ikebana vases.

In the past few years, visits to Santa Fe, N.M. also have influenced her artwork. Bearing a southwestern flavor, her most recent work uses colors that capture the essence of New Mexico’s mountains and sunsets.

“Most of the pieces (in the show) are influenced by my travels to the Santa Fe area,” Marshall said. “They capture the reds in the sky and the beautiful landscape of the area.”

She’s also specialized in earth ware and recently decided to try her hand at the ikebana vases.

“Those are something new,” Marshall said. “I always want to try something different, to never quit growing. If I feel I’ve achieved everything, I become stagnant … (my goal) is to always be changing.”

Marshall also appreciates the theme of the show and the fact that it gives exposure to women while encouraging them to embrace their creativity.

“Thinking outside the box, ‘on the curve’ of things, indicates what this (show’s) title is,” she said. “I like the idea of women in the arts thinking outside the box.”

Baumgarten said the gallery is typically open in the evening on weekdays, starting around 5 p.m., and in the afternoon and evening on weekends, although show hours vary according to artist and volunteer availability.

For more information on the show or the Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville, call 704-889-2434 or go to www.ccacpineville.org. The gallery is located at 316 Main St.

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