Sunday, May 31, 2009

Great Press

With the article in the Charlotte Observer today, the blog has been getting a lot of hits, so I wanted to get up some quick details on the next show. It will be on Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum located at 1507 Camden Road in Historic South End and will feature the work of Charlotte artist Carmella Jarvi. All are welcome for this ONE NIGHT ONLY show. Here are the latest images of some of Carmella's works for the show. But be sure to become a follower of my blog or check back here for additional images. You can also check out the Pantone 278 Facebook page and become a fan to get updates on the Gallery.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I Love When Things Come Together

As many of you have read, I am a big supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its Team in Training Program. On Friday, June 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., Team in Training is having an art auction in connection with the South End Gallery Crawl. (Don't forget, Pantone 278's next show is one night only--Thursday, June 4).

Team in Training's Art Auction will be held at Common Market South End, right across the street from the Charlotte Trolley Museum. There will be music and art donated by local artists, including a painting by my next artist, Carmell Jarvi. Her work, entitled Whitewater, is a framed pastel on paper. Based on the Gihon River in Vermont, Whitewater was inspired by Carmella's 2006 residency at Vermont Studio Center. This is a beautiful work of art, so don't miss out!

Please come out and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Reminder: Gallery Pantone will only be open on Thursday, June 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Carmella's works will be available for viewing online and in my home following the show.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Next Artist - Carmella Jarvi - June 4, 2009

Another question I frequently get from people about the Gallery is: "How do I select my artists?"

Patience too - Carmella Jarvi 2009

I met Carmella Jarvi during the Artists as Entrepreneurs series conducted by the Arts & Science Council, where I was presenting on intellectual property protection for artists--in other words, patents, trademarks and other exciting legal stuff. Now some might find paradox in the use of artist, normally associated with creativity, in connection entrepreneur, typically reserved for number-driven capitalists. I do not see these terms as mutually exclusive.

Rick Cherwitz at the University of Texas has called the "intellectual entrepreneur" -- one who sees the mind as the source of inspiration and change, and who understands that the mission should go beyond "advancing the frontiers of knowledge" to include "serving as engines of social development." It is this last part that is the key for me.

So, to answer the question, I look for artists who see beyond creativity, beauty, process, and surface appeal. These people see art as a way of expanding our minds, as guiding both our personal and our collective experience, as a method of depicting scenes/people/objects in a way that conveys a message that goes beyond the visual. I hope each of my artists will bring this experience to Pantone 278's visitors on a personal level, but will also contribute to these loftier, communal goals. I think Carmella Jarvi's work, but also her approach to art, conveys these ideals.

Carmella is an award-winning artist from Charlotte. Her understanding and vision of water, the human form and the motion that results both naturally and from the interaction of these bodies can be seen in her paintings. Drawing from our common experience at the beach, our grandparents' lake house or the backyard pool, Carmella’s paintings are not a simple account of water or the human body, but her view of the experience one has with water.

Carmella's works shows that there is something powerful, yet also revealing, about the submerged figure and our interaction with water. In some of her works depicting women in water, the feel is darker, more ominous. There is a departure from the typical beautiful woman. Many of these women are faceless, captured in a private moment of introspection or even turmoil. Other paintings evoke anxiety over turbulent water or peace from a solitary river rock.

No matter what you take from these works, I am sure you will enjoy Carmella's works and take with you your own meaning. You can see more of her work at

*This one-night show will be on Thursday, June 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum located at 1507 Camden Road in Historic South End Charlotte.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

More Than Art

As many of my friends know, I have participated in a number of marathons and triathlons with Team in Training, one of the fundraising arms of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I think it's a great organization that brings people together for the common goal of raising money to find a cure for blood-related cancers while training for an endurance event.

My sister, Heather, was diagnosed with Leukemia at a very early age. In the early 70s treatment was not what it was today, but through some long battles and many trips to the hospital, she survived. The survival rate continues to improve and inspire, but many sisters, brothers, aunts and friends are still affected.

I wanted to share with you all one of those survivors. His name is Michael Patrick. He was our honor patient for last year's White Lake Half Ironman Triathlon. Michael is an incredible kid. As you can see by the pictures, his fight hasn't been easy, but he's always faced it with an incredible spirit and an infectious smile.

So, none of this really has much to do with art or the Gallery, but I thought it was worth sharing on this Mother's Day. If you have interest in learning more about Team in Training or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please click on the links below.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Remaining Art for Sale

What an incredible run? It was great to see so many people at the gallery. I am already looking forward to the next show on June 4th and 5th.

As many of you know, Pantone 278 does not occupy a permanent space. Instead, there will be five two-day shows, on the first Thursday and Friday of every month, at the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum. After that, the art will be on display in my home in Dilworth. In addition, the remaining pieces of art will be available online. Below are images of each of these. Just email ( or call (704.724.0440) if you are interested in purchasing, viewing or even borrowing one of the pieces to try out in your home or office. All paintings are $400 each. So come on over for a glass a wine, a beer or just some good conversation about art.

Be on the lookout for a couple of other unique opportunities to meet Ashley and to experience his art. More to come on that.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Incredible Night

Just wanted to post some pictures from tonight's opening reception. Knowing I will leave people out, many thanks to Jeff Cooke for taking all of the pics, to Amanda and Eric Zion for purchasing the very first work of art from Pantone 278, to all of my gracious friends for making food, showing up, sending words of encouragement and believing in me, to my family for all of their hard work and patience, to Valecia for defining friendship, and to Ash for being the kind of artist that makes the hard work, late nights, and a scratchy voice worth every second.