Carolina Artists Multi-media Expo continues today

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Lauren Stegeman's acrylic painting titled
Sarah Campbell / Salisbury Post Lauren Stegeman's acrylic painting titled "Legs" is on display at the Salisbury Civic Center as part of the annual Carolina Artists Multi-media Expo.

SALISBURY — Nearly 40 artists have their work on display at The Salisbury Civic Center during the Carolina Artists’ annual Multi-media Expo.

The more than 180 pieces include everything from portraits to landscapes to abstract works.

Mary Roakes, president of the group, said the show features oil paintings, acrylics, gouache, pastels, watercolors, photography and pen and ink.

“It’s pretty much the whole gamut,” she said. “It’s all by local artists.”

The artists spent more than two hours Wednesday morning hanging their work, a task that was made easier this year thanks to the Carolina Artists’ recent purchase of the Walker hanging system.

“We are just really tickled to have these hangers to put our work on,” Roakes said. “It’s just so easy to do.”

The expo includes work by both novice and professional artists.

Salisbury resident Dalinda Hodgson submitted five pieces to the expo this year, including photos she took during a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. This is her first foray into the photography category.

“I didn’t know how they would turn out, but I’m happy with them,” she said.

Elizabeth McAdams, a Salisbury resident who has a studio at Rail Walk, entered four acrylic pieces and one photo.

She’s been creating art since the second grade, when she won two statewide awards.

“I have to make art part of my life,” she said. “When I was bringing up two small children, my art became creating clothing and decorating their bedrooms.”

McAdams said art runs in the family.

Her father was the art director at Belk and both her daughters continued the tradition, one in the traditional sense and the other with food.

Salisbury resident Carlton Jackson said it’s been a while since he submitted anything to the expo.

“I used to enter about every show, but then I got way into music,” he said. “I still do a lot of art, I just don’t enter a lot of shows.”

Jackson said he was one of the original members when the Carolina Artists formed in the early 90s.

“It was a small group then, I’m amazed by how much it’s grown,” he said.

Jackson said the group has given those who may not be “exceptionally talented,” an opportunity to display their work.

“Art is about the ability to express,” he said. “It shouldn’t be limited.”

Carolyn Kirkman, the group’s program coordinator, said this year’s expo includes some “fantastic submission from great artists.”

So far, I have been absolutely floored by all the talent represented here,” she said. “We are lucky that Salisbury is a very artsy community.”

Rowan County residents Leslie Hudson-Tolles and Bruce Wilson served as judges for the show. Their selections will be revealed during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Tolles is a full-time artists who has spent 30 years working a variety of media including drawing, printmaking, pastels and sculpture.

The owner of Salisbury’s The Fine Frame Gallery, Wilson has spent 35 years working with artists and art collectors through his business.

The show continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Three “Art to Go” workshops will be presented today. They include:

Watercolor Styles — 2 to 3 p.m.;

Acrylics Amore — 3:10 to 4:10 p.m.;

Collage Effect — 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Register at the Civic Center for $2 per session.

For additional information, visit the Carolina Artists’ website at

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