Journey Abroad Produces an Art Exhibit
art major Jamie Ellis prepares to hang her work in the Multicultural
Center in Old Main.
Her show opens Oct. 20.
so many souvenirs that I had to abandon clothing all over Europe,"
Jamie Ellis said of her travels this summer.
She brought back
a trunk full of experiences and enough artwork to fill several walls.
Ellis, a senior art major at UNC Pembroke, will exhibit her European
works at a one-woman show beginning Sunday, Oct. 20 at the university's
Multicultural Center in Old Main.
The show is titled
"Sieh um Dich," which is German for, "Look Around You."
The opening and gallery talk is scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m., and
an informal reception is Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m.
will be looking at are my memories, my interpretation of what I saw,"
Ellis said. "I think they are more informative than snapshots."
The show consists
of 27 works painted while traveling in Ireland, England, Germany, France
and Spain. Two painting are oil and the remainder is watercolors. The
show is open during business hours and will hang indefinitely.
"The work is
the result of how the environment interacted with me," Ellis said.
"I sat on crumbling walls. Isat
in things and on things and places I shouldn't have, including an anthill.
And I met some strange and nice people."
"I had never
painted in watercolors, but that was the best medium for travel because
it is so portable."
Ellis studied at
Padagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg in Baden-Wuttenberg, Germany. The
university is near Stuttgart, an industrial and cultural center in a
region dotted with historic castles and churches.
Ellis studied German,
French and art for a semester that stretched from March to August.
"The art classes
were taught in German, which was challenging, but my painting instructor
was brilliant," she said. "He taught me watercolor techniques
I never could have learned on my own."
Study abroad presented
many challenges for Ellis, missed trains, lost luggage, paperwork snafus
and ever-present language barriers.
had nine roommates and only one spoke much English," she said.
"I took German, one-on-one with a tutor, and that went really well."
was put to the test when I missed a connection on a train trip in Spain
and went to 11 stations over 26 hours," she said. "A young
German helped me out."
Ellis said she would do it again, and it was a valuable experience for
an artist, both artistically and personally.
"It gave me
some really neat memories," Ellis said. "You see pictures
of these places, but I wanted to see the center of Western art for myself."
went to many art exhibitions, museums and famous sites, but a particularly
important journey - or pilgrimage - stands out. It was to Trinity College
Library in Dublin to see the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells was written
around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illustrated
manuscripts in the world.
"The Book of
Kells has always been an important influence on my work," Ellis
said. "That was like my journey to Mecca."
This was in many
ways a journey of becoming for a young artist.
"Art is drawn
from experience, so you must experience as much as you can," Ellis
said. Her advice to other artists and students, "Go and feel, whatever
will develop your style."
"I wanted to
make the most of it, and I think I did."
For more information
about Jamie Ellis' exhibition or International Programs,
call 910.521.6508 or visit Jamie's work online at www.jamiesdesigns.com.
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