The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

April 24, 2013

Edgecombe Arts announces newest exhibit ‘Vivify…to revive’


TARBORO — Spring is upon us and we are finally feeling the warmth of the sun and seeing the rich, vibrant colors of plants blooming!  With spring’s new life, Edgecombe Arts is excited to announce our newest exhibit, “Vivify…to revive,” featuring the colorful works of Catherine Coulter Lloyd and Jennifer Rankin.  The current exhibit will be on display in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Art Gallery at the Blount-Bridgers House, April 25 – June 28 with an art reception from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thursday.  

Jennifer Rankin’s current series of bracelets and necklaces will be on display.  These colorful pieces of jewelry are fun in organic shapes reminiscent of some of the shapes and colors from produce and nature.  Born in Orlando, Fla., Rankin has always been involved in the arts from a young age.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wingate University in Wingate, with an emphasis in ceramics.  Upon graduation, she has worked as an intern at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove.  Further experience has been in a variety of settings including museums, classrooms, universities, advertisement and teaching art.  Currently, she is employed as Education Specialist at Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount.  She is continually inspired by the world around her and the influences of meeting and working with other artists.  She takes this wealth of knowledge and art experiences and creates works of art combining her love of working in clay, fabric, and mixed media.

Catherine Coulter Lloyd’s current series of ceramic works are inspired by the beauty around us.  She states. “the intention of my work is to draw awareness to the simple and clear beauty around us that is often unnoticed. The coexistence of nature, architecture, people and their environments is as closely related for me as the imagery I choose and the earth-born material with which I work with.”  Lloyd also goes on to comment that creating in clay connects her to the earth.  The floral images that she chooses show her influence of a long family history of gardeners, cultivators, landscape architects, and nurturers whom she honors and admires.  Lloyd was born and raised in Asheville and has lived and worked throughout the state.  Currently, she is employed as Visual Arts Specialist at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount.  She obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and later a Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, with focuses in the areas of ceramics, fiber, and photography.  Her works in ceramics, photography, and fiber have been shown in juried, invitational, and solo exhibits throughout the state.  

Both artists bring a wealth of experience and the exhibit is sure to be a beautiful one!  We hope that you can join us for art reception Thursday evening.  There will be wonderful art to view, light refreshments, as well as music by Chambergrass Duo.   Edgecombe Arts is also happy to announce our Spring Into The Arts Membership Drive, April 25-May 24.  Throughout the month we will be encouraging everyone to join Edgecombe Arts.  On May 29, we will have a drawing from new and current members for prizes to include 2 complimentary registrations to summer art camps, two complimentary VIP tickets to our 2nd Annual Bluegrass and Fall Festival coming September 21, two complimentary Wine, Design, and Create workshop tickets, and two complimentary guest passes to our annual Great Tarboro Arts Bazaar!  Membership Forms are available via our website at  HYPERLINK "" under heading “About Us” or contact us via email at  HYPERLINK "" or at Facebook at Edgecombe Arts.  There are many levels of membership ranging from student, senior citizen, military, individual, family, and more.  Don’t miss your chance to win and contribute to the arts in Edgecombe County.  Edgecombe Arts is located at the Blount-Bridgers House at 130 Bridgers St. in Historic Tarboro.  For more information, contact us at 252-823-4159.