Sept. 03--ASHEBORO -- "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." -- from the prologue of "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison.
Invisibility means different things to different folks. A group of local students and adults addressed their own invisibility in artistic creations on exhibit through Oct. 17 at the Randolph Arts Guild's Gallery 101 in downtown Asheboro.
The "Revealing the Invisible" exhibition opened Tuesday evening with a reception open to the public.
"I think it will start conversations," said Ellen Greer, art show coordinator for the Randolph Reads: Invisible Man community reading initiative. "I think it's going to generate a lot of conversations."
The retired N.C. Zoo curator of design has four pieces in the exhibit. One colorful piece, with a large leaf drawing attention to it, states, "Overcoming the altered reality of retirement by seeking satisfaction in other directions."
Much of the artwork has been done by Randleman High School students who addressed their own invisibilities in a unique way by making papier-mache masks of their faces. Each one's concerns and/or feelings are expressed in the class project undertaken during second semester last school year in Jane Hager's Beginning Fine Crafts class.
Junior Ariadna Barajas addressed domestic violence on hers because of a friend's experience. "It's not something people talk about," she said Tuesday evening.
Also present was fellow RHS junior Jasmine Shaw who said she focused on the many feelings which teens face "when trying to be like everyone else." Reality, possibility, love, heartbreak, hope, good, love, pleasure were among the words on hers.
Ross Holt, director of the Randolph County Public Library, had a 16-space square creation of the letters of his first name, yet in no instance do the letter combinations spell out his actual name. "Invisibility takes away your name."
Each participant was asked to provide 2-dimensional, 12-inch squares about invisibility. Tuesday evening's opening coincided with another exhibition in the guild's Sara Smith Self Gallery by artist Cat Collier of Chattanooga, Tenn., which continues through Sept. 30 during guild hours.
The Randolph Reads: Invisible Man community reading initiative continues over the next several weeks with a variety of activities including a concert featuring John Brown's "Little" Big Band" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Ave., Asheboro.
This initiative is sponsored by the Randolph County Public Library, Friends of the Randolph County Public Library, Asheboro City Schools, Randolph County Schools, Randolph Community College, City of Asheboro, The Courier-Tribune, Randolph Arts Guild and the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center.
For more information about activities, go to www.randolphreads.org.
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