Up & Coming Weekly

July 13, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JULY 14-20, 2021 UCW 11 Stout was not only a student of art who wanted to know all that she could learn in a short period of time, but she was always taking advantage of any situation where she could exhibit her work. She participated in local and na- tional exhibitions, put her artworks in coffee house and any place that would showcase her works. By the time she graduated from FSU in 2019, and soon after, she had cre- ated and was facilitating a Facebook page called "acrylicpaintingforevery- one" (link at the end of the article) which has 106,000 vetted members. A website created as a positive social media platform to encourage anyone who paints, includes an exchange of ideas, videos, tips, and critiques. Stout has been in many exhibitions, local and regional. Due to her social media persistence, a curator con- tacted her to exhibit one of her paint- ings in an online exhibition in Milan, Italy during COVID. As an advocate of the arts, Stout is a member of the Cape Fear Studios and regularly gives classes to any age interested in paint- ing. She participates in community outreach projects and continues to do portrait commissions. Anyone who has visited the exhibit, and those who have plans to see Evoke at the Cape Fear Studios might be interest- ed to know what influenced the direction of her work. Stout was asked how her work has evolved over the last ten years. She began by saying: "In the beginning it was important to learn and practice technique. I was self-taught so I did not understand the philosophy behind art, and the ways in which my work needed to be developing. Studying art and art movements, understanding the evolu- tion of art gave me the courage to evolve in my own way." She continued, "Initially I just wanted to develop technically and portray the subject as accurate as possible. Now I want to convey an emotion. Every aspect of the painting is important to the overall meaning, the subject, color, abstraction, and techniques are used to evoke an emotion." "I never would have thought that courses in printmaking could have had such a dramatic effect on how I see painting, but it did? I am a perfection- ist, but in the printmaking studio any number of things can happen, often accidents, that made me understand how process is relevant. I didn't have the expectations I was going to be a profes- sional printmaker at the time, so I felt I was free to fail and to explore. All good lessons, I moved from mimicry to intent in my work - possibilities in printmaking translated into possibilities in painting." After working six months towards her first-person exhibition, I was interested to know what the experience meant to her after the opening and what her future plans are as a professional, free lance artist. Stout was resolute in her response, "I feel as if my intent for the exhibit was met, and I hope the works communicate the emotional connec- tions to anyone who see the exhibit in the painting, the sculpture or a print. During the process, I had to make choices during the making, I felt a sense of relief that, as a whole, there is a continuity in the body of work." "My plans at this time are to continue to explore image making and intent, continue teaching, network for oppor- tunities to exhibit. It would be nice to have a gallery outside of North Caro- lina carry my work, and I love being involved in community projects. At this time, I have written a grant for disabled veterans to take my workshop in acrylic painting and healing; and I have a writ- ten a grant to be able to work with Gold Star Children. One big goal is to write an extensive grant for underprivileged children to have art lessons and art kits. Afterall, it was a Bob Ross Master Kit, given to me when I was 16 years old, that made a big impact on the direction my life would eventually take in the arts!" Visitors to the Cape Fear Studios at 148 Maxwell Street in Fayetteville, North Carolina will be able to see An- gela Stouts' exhibit titled Evoke until July 20th, 2021. e hours of the studios are Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Email the gallery at artgallery@capefearstu- dios.com or call 910-433-2986. To join Angela Stouts Facebook page for "acrylicpaintingforeveryone" the link is www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ac rylicpaintingforeveryone. For information in taking classes with Angela Stout, call 910-433-2986 for infor- mation on times and cost. EVENT SONI MARTIN, Gallery 208 Curator. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. 2021 www.upandcomingweekly.com Special Thanks to: Utley & Knowles CPAs "e Struggle" by Angela Stout

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