DCA’s upcoming gallery show features Chris Carter

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The works of Chris Carter are on exhibit now through March 26 at the Dorchester Center for the Arts.

The Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) announces its new exhibit. “What If?” a solo show by artist Chris Carter is in the Gallery Feb. 4 through March 26. A free Artist’s Reception will be held on Feb. 13 from 5–7:30 p.m. with music and light refreshments provided. DCA offers its appreciation to Upwind Systems LLC for sponsoring the exhibit.

In addition to the reception, there will be a free open demonstration given from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that same day. “Intuitive Painting with Watercolor — Allowing the
Painting to be the Boss” will be presented by Chris as an ongoing demonstration. Visitors may come and go, returning throughout the day to see the progress of the paintings.

One person may be chosen by DCA to “apprentice” for the entire day, working side by side with Chris to create her/his own intuitive paintings.

Chris will begin with pouring paint, then continue to add layers of splatters,
pours, and drips as well as atomizing paint onto the paper, blocking areas with templates until the marks and patterns on the paper begin to tell a story. From that point on she becomes the instrument for the painting and continues to apply paint, hoping her marks, shapes, lines, colors, and values will make it possible for others to glimpse the story and experience it as it relates to their own lives. The “What If” theme is a concept developed by Chris. This exhibit documents the evolution of style and technique that occurred over the ten year period and beyond, following her mother’s death. She returned to the easel and sketchbooks, needing to feel a sense of movement through space in her paintings whether they be abstract or figurative. Figures often emerged from the paint as she layered upon the paper or canvas. She needed to understand anatomy in motion, so she sketched and painted during dance performances, at bars during music jams and at yoga classes. As her story continued, in 2010 during a five week period following a hip replacement, she sketched plants, exploring their growth patterns and shapes. The continuation of drawing geometric shapes brought The Orb and Strata Series, which has been exhibited regularly at hospitals and cancer centers, and viewed as Healing Art.

To further enhance the art experience, Chris will conduct a one-day workshop on Saturday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DCA. In the workshop entitled, Playful Watercolor Techniques, students will learn that whether loose, tight, abstract, or representational, allowing watercolor to be playful and spontaneous can infuse paintings with life and energy. Participants will learn to flick, drip, splatter, spray, glaze, mouth atomize, lift, and sponge; and also learn when to work dry and when to work wet. Using a limited palette, students will learn to mix clean, gorgeous color and to choose color by value and temperature to achieve the intended results. A supply list is available from DCA.

The fee for the workshop is $85 for DCA members; $125 for non-members, and students should bring a lunch, snacks and a beverage. For more information or to register, call 410-228-7782.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Mickey Love, executive director.

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