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Volume 24, Number 8 — August 2017

Arts Calendar

Curcio & Crank showing work at Higher Ed Center
Artwork by Katie Curcio and Harry Crank is on exhibit at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Curcio & Crank showing work at Higher Ed Center

Date(s):  August 01 - 31, 2017
Venue: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Just off I-81 Exit 14
Abingdon, VA 24210

ABINGDON, Va. — Growing up in Bristol, Katie Curcio was heavily influenced by the scenic views as well as the music of Southwest Virginia. About halfway through her college career, Curcio was fortunate to meet graphic designer/illustrator Harry Crank, who she says immediately began influencing her work through his own artistic insights. The creative affinity attracting the two, along with their similar senses of humor and light-hearted approach, allows them to work together cohesively, resulting in the present collaboration. Though profoundly different in individual style and approach, the finished works of the two artists are equally dynamic.

While both artists have always been cartoon-loving doodlers, Curcio considers herself more of a painter, while Crank prefers illustration. He loves working with shapes and lines; she plays with color and value. Together, they began experimenting with ways to combine aptitudes and wound up with — in Curcio's words — some "goofy outcomes" that reflect their individual personalities. Curcio likens their method of collaborating to the creation of a coloring book. Both contribute ideas of what they hope to create, Crank then employs his skill with line work to sketch out the image and, finally, Curcio fills in the colors and values. "This collection of paintings captures moments of inspiration from various subjects such as nature, musical expression, urban landscapes, and silly animation," states Curcio.

A recent graduate of James Madison University. Curcio is working in Richmond, Virginia, for her teaching licensure.

Their work is on display at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Virginia. Located on the second floor Art Wall, the exhibit will be on display through September 2017. Some of the paintings are available for purchase; prices upon request. Admission is free. For additional information, contact the Higher Education Center at 276-619-4300.


Topics: Art, Exhibits

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