2017-02-13 / LifeStyles

CAVA hosting Charlotte-based Elder Gallery

The art displayed above are a few of the pieces that will be featured in CAVA’s Elder Gallery exhibit, opening Feb. 16. The art displayed above are a few of the pieces that will be featured in CAVA’s Elder Gallery exhibit, opening Feb. 16. Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) is exhibiting paintings and drawings created by artists who are represented by the Charlotte-based Elder Gallery.

Elder Gallery is one of the major Charlotte, N.C. art galleries and is located in the heart of the city. The exhibition includes art created by nineteen artists from across the nation, each with unique painting styles. The exhibit also includes a few area artists. Spartanburg native David Benson is well known for his whimsical story-telling works and will be included in the exhibit as well as Carl Blair of Greenville, retired Bob Jones University professor and one of the founders of Hampton III Gallery.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, February 16. A reception is planned for Friday, February 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. A gallery talk by Larry Elder, founder of the Elder Gallery will take place at 6:15 p.m Friday.

Elder curated the exhibit in celebration of his gallery’s fifteenth year of business in Charlotte.

“As a native South Carolinian it is a real honor to return and bring a creative and exciting art show for the residents of Cherokee and surrounding counties,” said Elder. Elder lived in Spartanburg before moving to Charlotte and was active in the Arts Center on Spring Street.

CAVA member Sara Setzer said she has seen the pieces scheduled for the exhibit.

“This is an exciting show for CAVA to host. It’s not to be missed,” she said. “CAVA is very pleased to be able to offer works of this caliber to the public.”

The CAVA gallery resides in a beautifully restored building that is home to the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery located in downtown Gaffney, South Carolina. CAVA is composed of over 40 artists, craftsmen and volunteers who conduct exhibits throughout the year. In addition, classes are offered for children and adults, and special events are sponsored by the City of Gaffney. CAVA is proud to promote the appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by allowing all exhibits to be free, and open to the public.

Elder Gallery’s mantra closely aligns with the charter of CAVA: We believe that the arts can improve a child’s academic success, teach empathy and compassion, act as a stabilizer for failing neighborhoods, and increase tourism for our city.

The exhibition continues through April 7 and is free to the public. For information regarding exhibits, CAVA classes, and memberships, call 864-489-9817 or 864-489- 9119.

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