The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that concurrent solo exhibitions by local artist Christopher Dotson, and Ohio based artist Evie Zimmer will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery from July 5-31, 2017. The artists will host a free public reception at the gallery on Thursday, July 6, from 5:00-7:00pm.
Local artist Christopher Dotson presents Supernatural, a collection of new work that celebrates nature as a metaphor for human behavior. Influenced by the Ancient Aztecs, Inca, and Maya, as well as 20th century artists Paul Klee and Joan Miro, Dotson creates compositions out of simple, organic shapes, allowing him to pursue his interests in color, instinct, and spontaneity. An explorer of nature, Dotson asks “We are social creatures, just like birds, fish and bees. Can we understand our destiny by understanding them?” Dotson’s images show an interest in the relationship of an individual to a greater natural scheme. His compositions are composed of discrete shapes that hang together in an intuitive order.
Christopher Dotson hails from Boston and moved to Charleston in 2006. He was the winner of Best in Show and First Place in Oil Painting in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Fest judged fine art competition and received an Honorable Mention and Purchase Award in the 2016 competition. His work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions, including Kulture Klash, and is currently on display at Atelier Gallery. Dotson also provided artwork to appear on the CBS television show Reckless. Learn more about the artist at www.dotsonart.com.
Evie Zimmer: Modern Op-Art
Evie Zimmer, a painter from Cleveland, Ohio, presents Modern Op-Art, a series of large scale, vibrant paintings that are visual expressions of the non-visual: music, energy, thoughts, and emotions. Influenced by artists such as Vasarely and Anuszkiewicz, Zimmer says she finds the vivid colors, intricate designs, and visual energy of Op-Art mesmerizing. Viewers are sure to find a similar mesmerizing quality to Zimmer’s work. Using reflections of geometric and organic shapes, Zimmer creates patterns which sometimes give the impression of a traditional mandala, and sometimes the impression of a swirling liquid.
Evelyn “Evie” Zimmer received her Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University in 2008 and currently teaches at Cuyahoga Community College. Her work has been exhibited in a number of group and juried shows throughout the country. She is represented by Fusion Arts Gallery in Palm Springs and Hayley Gallery in New Albany, Ohio. Her paintings have been featured in publications such as Women in Art 278 Magazine, and Art Reveal Magazine. Learn more about the artist at www.eviezzz.wixsite.com/eviezimmer.
The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 12-5pm, Wednesdays 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-7:30pm, and Fridays 11am-5pm. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.