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"Virginia Wright-Frierson: 2000, A Year in Paintings"
2000-11-02 until 2001-02-11
St. John's Museum of Art
Wilmington, NC, USA United States of America

This exhibition explores a year in an artist's life, filled with creative impulses, masterful renderings and meditations on the commemoration of tragedy.Included in the exhibition are more than 100 small watercolors, oil sketches and large-scale paintings produced by the artist within the last year. Through this selection of recent works, including those inspired by her trip to Cortona, Italy, the exhibition presents an in-depth investigation of the artistic process.

Another undertaking being explored includes Wright-Friersonís design and creation of 19 large-scale panels comprising the Columbine High School Mural. Unveiled with the re-opening of that school on August 14, 2000 the mural is housed permanently in the schoolís new two-story atrium and cafeteria. The muralís center panel, measuring 20 by 24 feet, expresses the image of Aspen and tall evergreens radiating upward to meet the warm Colorado sun.

The story of Wright-Friersonís collaboration with the architects and community associated with the renovation of Columbine High School will be told in this exhibition through the artistís working cartoons, architectural models, image projections, and an ongoing documentary video describing the process.

Virginia Wright-Frierson studied at the New York Art Studentsí League and in 1971 received a B.F.A. in painting at UNC Greensboro. She has illustrated nine childrenís. Three others, which she wrote and illustrated, each have won the John Burroughs Award for childrenís nature books from the American Museum of Natural History, including A North American Rain Forest Scrapbook.

IMAGE:
The artist standing on the central image
(20' x 24/) of the Columbine mural,
before installation.


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