ACES GALLERY

Wilmington has become home to a large number of artists who have relocated to the region from other areas, adding to the rich tapestry of our community. Curated by Vermont transplant Paul Stone, the exhibit features the following artists:

Carl Bistrack

Jeff Chase

Elaine Cooper

Mary Craig

Cheryl Crane-Hunter

Mari de Moya

Mary Donahoe

Christine Farley

Harriet Forbis

Joanne Geisel

Jason Hill

Janet Johnson

Melanie Kebble

Kirsten Koromilas

Gaeten Lowrie

Rachard McIntyre

Joan McLoughlin

Randy McNamara

David Pascua

Lori Joy Peterson

Owen Wexler


Five student artists are graduating from Wilmington Early College High School and Cape Fear Community College after working together for five years. Each artist has their own section devoted to a unique topic. Harry Antoniades examines film industry practices, Robby Carl showcases printmaking techniques, Sarah Miller portrays the spiritual nature of animals, Jessie Robertson promotes frog conservation, and Holly Woodcock opposes feline claw removal. This will be their last art showing together before they graduate, and we are thrilled to share what they have learned these past five years!


Biography

Carolina Corona was born in Veracruz, Mexico. As a child, she did not receive an art education but she looked for ways to express her creativity and free spirit through craft making and exploring her backyard. When she was ten, she moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. She struggled to settle in her new home, but one thing she loved was receiving art classes. After graduating high school, she moved to Winston Salem and enrolled at Salem College. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Art Education. She taught for two years before deciding to dedicate herself to her art full time. She is a painter and photographer. Her passion is nature and the beauty it offers. She started traveling after college and saw places she never imagined she would see. She enjoys going on road trips around the US, always recording the surroundings through her camera, paintings, and writings.

Artist Statement

“Keep close to Nature’s Heart” -John Muir

My show El Primer Elemento (The First Element) embraces the element of water. Water is life not only for the Earth but for the entire human race. Through explorations of different landscapes, I have admired the beauty of water and the way it creates life all around us. This series of paintings expresses feelings of peace, enlightenment, mirth, and romance all embodied in the natural world. Through rich color and textures, I create a world full of life and beauty which must be preserved and cared for just as water preserves us.

Nature welcomes me with her strong embrace every time I dive deep into her world. I admire the Earth for its beauty and I fear her passion. Each of my paintings represents a vision of nature, a sight forever frozen in time by the touch of paint. The colors and textures of each of the Earth’s elements dance on my canvas to create a visual celebration for her. Every brushstroke is guided by the memory of the Earth. Done with acrylic and watercolor paints, my body of work is diverse, inspired, and personal. I hope to share the natural world that I so love and aspire to be a part of.

Biografia

Carolina Corona nació en Veracruz, México. De niña no recibió clases de arte pero buscaba maneras de  expresar su creatividad por medio de proyectos y al explorar su jardín. A los diez años de edad su familia se mudó a Wilmington, Carolina del Norte. Se le hizo difícil acostumbrarse a su nuevo hogar pero le encantó empezar a recibir clases de arte en la escuela. Después de graduarse del bachillerato se mudó a Winston Salem donde asistió a la Universidad de Salem. A los cuatro años recibió su maestría en artes finas y educación. Ella fue maestra por dos años antes de decidirse a dedicar su tiempo al arte por completo. Es una pintora y fotógrafa. Su pasión es la naturaleza y la belleza que ofrece. Empezó a viajar después de la universidad y a visto lugares que nunca se imaginó. Le gusta viajar por todo el país tomando fotos, pintando, y escribiendo sobre sus experiencias.  

Proposito del Artista

Mi exposición, El Primer Elemento, reconoce la importancia del agua. El agua provee vida no solo al mundo natural pero también a toda la raza humana. Por medio de exploración de diferentes paisajes, yo eh admirado la belleza del agua y de la forma en que la cual crea la vida a nuestro alrededor. Esta serie artística expresa sentimientos representados en el mundo natural como paz, iluminacion, felicidad, y romance. Por medio de colores vivido y texturas, eh creado un mundo lleno de vida y hermosura que se debe preservar y cuidar así como el agua nos preserva a nosotros.

Lo natural me recibe con un abrazo acogedor cada vez que me aventuro en su mundo. Yo admiro la tierra por su belleza y temo su pasión. Cada una de mis pinturas representa una visión de la naturaleza, una imagen por siempre preservada por el toque de la pintura. Los colores y texturas de todos los elementos naturales se unen en un baile armonizado en mi lienzo. Cada trazo de mi pincel es guiado por un recuerdo de la tierra. Creado con pinturas acrílicas y acuarelas, el cuerpo de mi trabajo es diverso, inspirado, y personal. Espero compartir el mundo natural que amo y del que deseo formar parte.


About Kirsten Koromilas

Artist Bio

Kirsten is a native of Staten Island, New York. She received her BFA cum laude from The Art Institute of Boston and her MFA from Western Connecticut State University where she was the recipient of the WB Connor Trust Academic Scholarship. She has exhibited her work in New York, Boston, Connecticut, Los Angeles, and most recently in her new home of Wilmington, N.C.
Recently, Kirsten was invited as a Visiting Artist/Scholar to the prestigious American Academy in Rome as a student of Artist-Philosopher Dr. Amber Scoon,and German philosopher Wolfgang Shirmacher. Traveling fuels Kirsten’s work and she loves to frequent Greece with her favorite explorers – her husband and two amazing children.

Artist Statement

Drawing is a search and a surprise, an examination and discovery of not only the world around me, but the immensity of an internal landscape. It is an attempt to connect myself with the unnameable world, that of the past, present, and future.
That of my ancestors, whose stories I have heard so often, they are now a part of my own memories. My memories are hundreds of years old. We are all connected in this way, and continue to affect and change each other even after parting ways. We deserve a space for these changes to breathe, to expand us, and enrich us. We need space. My work is an invitation to the viewer to explore this place within themselves; an opportunity to stay, to look, to sit and daydream. It is good to be still.
“The world is large but in us, it is deep as the sea.” – R.M. Rilke