Dylan Bannister | Lindsey Bargar | Todd Baxter | Emily Furr | Alexis Howard

Terri Otten | Lucy Warlick | Robin Wellner

ROCK HILL, SC – Explore the different styles of eight artists and their connection to one of art’s oldest genres in Expressions of Portraiture. This exhibit features works by eight regional artists - Dylan Bannister, Lindsey Bargar, Todd Baxter, Emily Furr, Alexis Howard, Terri Otten, Lucy Warlick, and Robin Wellner opens the 2018 exhibitions at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill, SC with a reception on Thursday, January 11. This show is on display January 12 – February 11, 2018.

DYLAN BANNISTER | http://dylanbannister.com

Bannister’s artworks utilize the analog video aesthetic to draw connections between error-ridden images pulled from dated television screens and the formation, storage, and recollection of memories in one’s own mind. His interdisciplinary approach unites contemporary practices in photography and video with traditional media such as printmaking, drawing, and painting.

In his ongoing body of work, Bannister sources his imagery from arcane and forgotten video cassettes during playback. By nature, these images are noise-filled, fragmented, and otherwise distorted depictions of their subjects. Bannister has found that the process of retrieving and reworking his imagery results in a loss of information and a detachment from its original context, not unlike the reminiscing of a distant memory.

LINDSEY BARGAR | http://lindseybargar.com

Photography can be manipulated into the most beautiful or strangest imagery. With such an expansive medium, Lindsey Bargar focuses on never getting stagnant. In recent works, she experiments with portraiture without losing her sense of artistic integrity and sense of humor. Bargar’s photography stands out with bold colors, strong focal points, and simplicity tied to dynamic lighting. Though her recent focus has been portraits, Bargar also enjoys shooting landscape and still life photography. Her hope is to continue to pursue photography, and to be a part of an artistic community that encourages other photographers to enter the art world.

TODD BAXTER | http://baxterfineart.com

Todd Baxter is one of those rare individuals who knew his path from a very early age. After graduating from the Art institute of Pittsburgh in 1975, he worked as a successful graphic designer for about 30 years. In June 2010, he was able to follow his real passion and focus specifically on fine art.

EMILY FURR | http://emilyfurr.com

Emily Furr’s painted portraits examine the personality of her subjects by placing the viewer in an intimate dialogue with the pieces. The impasto application of paint provides the viewer with an opportunity to explore the intricacies of the face and get to know each subject. The dialogue and confrontation between viewer and painted subject is important to Furr and is something she would love to continue pushing. The solid, brightly colored backgrounds function to both highlight the depth of the bold and painterly figure while also influencing the overall mood of each piece. These backgrounds can create a soft delicate atmosphere or an energetic and upbeat one, depending on the cues Furr gets from each subject’s personality.

ALEXIS HOWARD | http://alexislorraine.com

Alexis Howard’s use of bright, sometimes calming colors awaken feelings of intimacy and positivity. She explores many different narratives through her photography, usually working in series. These range from fine art portraiture to contemporary still lifes combined with cross-stitching. Drawing from her experience as a Photo Retoucher, digitally enhancing or altering each image is important to its development. Using a painterly approach with each photograph, Alexis utilizes a diverse palette resulting in a final piece that may differ vastly from the original image through post-processing.

TERRI OTTEN | http://terriotten.com

Art has always been Terri Otten’s second language, and the background of her world. In its unending variety of styles and forms, art enriches our experience as humans, in fact, making us human. It is a noble endeavor. Otten strives to capture the essence of a person or scene on paper that would otherwise go unnoticed. Her fulfillment comes when she points out beauty, a thought, a moment to someone who would not have been aware of it. The search for the mark, the line, the stroke, the moment a piece comes alive drives Otten to create.

LUCY WARLICK | https://lucywarlick.com

Lucy Warlick’s paintings are inspired by the 175,000 black and white, copyright-free images contained within the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration photo and negatives archives. These images document the lives of American people from the Great Depression through the years leading up to World War II. The Library of Congress restored, digitized, and published these images online as a gift to the public. These intimate portraits of individuals, families, and their communities depict a nation’s daily life struggle in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

Warlick’s works pay homage to the talented photographers employed by the FSA, including John Vachon, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, and Russell Lee, among others. Lucy is drawn to the images of the South where cotton was still produced on small, rural farms, and where parades were the rule rather than the exception.

ROBIN WELLNER | https://www.robinwellner.com

Throughout her career, Robin Wellner has pursued the portrait– creating not only a likeness but a “lifeness” in her paintings. Wellner’s current work focuses on the “lifeness” and energy of the people, with more broken edges, movement, and energy.

Also on exhibit at the Center for the Arts from January 12 – February 11, 2018


Friday Arts Project Portrait Exhibit

Portrait & still life drawing nights held on the first and third Mondays each month, with the exception of July. Recently, the focus has been on Dickens’ classic miser, Scrooge.

Special event during the opening reception on Thursday, January 11, 2018


THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018 | 6 – 7 PM


Artist Grand Prize | $100

$10 | Subjects choose winners of eac

h round, & take home their favorite drawing of themselves

Knockout battle, Tournament Style

Round 1 | 16 artists paired off in 8 sets, sketching/drawing 8 models

Round 2 | 8 artists paired off in 4 sets, sketching/drawing 4 models

Round 3 | 4 artists paired off in 2 sets, sketching/drawing 2 models

Round 4 | 2 artists go head-to-head drawing a single model.

This competitive portrait drawing competition begins with sixteen artists paired off in sets of two, competing to create their best portrait of a model with just five minutes on the clock. Pencils down at the sound of the buzzer, the model in each pairing serves as judge and jury, choosing the portrait of themselves to take home at the end of the night. When the models’ decisions have been made, the winning artists then move on to the to the next round until only 2 artists remain. The final 2 artists go head-to-head drawing Rock Hill’s incoming Mayor John Gettys, with the final decision going to him. The winning artist of the competition will be crowned the champion and will take home the $100 grand prize. This event has been organized by the Arts Council of York County and Winthrop University’s Union of Student Artists.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.