Monthly Archives: March 2020

Artist Spotlight: Marcy Gregg

Mar 31, 20

Marcy Gregg is an incredibly gifted artist with an incredibly unique and inspiring story. She has been an integral part of ANFA, consistently bringing us her hard work and determination since we have been open. A local artist originally from Texas, her studio is nestled in Dilworth Artisan Station right here in Charlotte, NC. We are highlighting her this week not only for her dynamic abstracts and beautiful color palettes, but also for her consistently positive + faithful outlook.

Marcy mixing colors in her Charlotte studio

You begin every canvas by writing a scripture in red. Can you tell us a little about your process? Are your color palettes inspired by the scripture or do those come more intuitively? 

“It’s true, I begin every piece with a Bible verse. The verse is usually something that specifically speaks to me during my morning quiet time. Once it’s written across the entire canvas, I begin choosing the colors. Color excites me as an artist, and I just choose intuitively; mixing my palette as I go along.”

What keeps you inspired to create?

“I am inspired by color, shapes and lines that I see all around me. I also listen to music when painting. Music always inspires me.”

Marcy in front of Loyal Love, 60×48

There are so many layers to your work. How do you know when a piece is finished? That is always tricky. When do you walk away? 

“When I began to feel that I am finished I will set the work aside for several days…even a week or two.  Then I put the painting back on the easel. If at that point it feels done… I sign it.”

Do you have an all time favorite piece? If so, which one and why do you gravitate towards it? 

“I do. It’s actually in the foyer of my home.  It is the colors of the large 60×60 painting, “Happy Song” that make me smile. I just couldn’t sell that one.”

Marcy’s favorite piece hanging in the foyer of her home

How do you feel about commissions?

“Commissions are an exciting and welcomed challenge. I always appreciate the opportunity to create for someone or some place specifically.”

During this time of social distancing, what book or movie would you recommend to our readers?

“The book, God is Able by Priscilla Shirer. It is a great read!”

Other than art, what is your favorite hobby?

“I enjoy my mornings at the gym, and when I get the opportunity, I love to travel.”

If you could have dinner with any living or deceased artist, who would it be? Where would you take them?

“I would love to have dinner with Paul Cezanne. I would ask him to take me to his hometown of Aix-en-Provence, and there we talk about all that we have talked about today…his color palette, his inspiration, his favorite piece, and how he knew a painting was finished. That dinner would be amazing!”

Cezanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence that you can visit today – Marcy has been!

In November we showcased your new body of work in Standing Still. In addition to your abstracts, you created very Cezanne inspired still lifes. Viewers were in love with the unique perspectives and bold color palettes.  What can we expect to see next from Marcy Gregg?

“Since I will be out of my studio with the recent ‘Stay at Home’ order issued, I will begin a new series of small gouache on paper paintings. No large oil paintings done in my townhome!”

.None to Compare, Marcy Gregg, 5.5×9, gouache on paper

Follow Marcy on Instagram and stay tuned to see the new gouache paintings she is going to be creating while the “Stay at Home” order is in effect.

—Logan Sutton, Gallery Coordinator

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Artist Spotlight: Case Baumgarten

Mar 20, 20

Case Baumgarten is ANFA’s newest emerging artist. He returned back to his native home of Charlotte after receiving a BFA from the prestigious Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. in 2018. We asked him to be a part of our Black X White exhibition in January 2020 as a guest artist – people were so enamored with his dynamic and textural artwork that we knew we had to keep him on our roster.

Case Baumgarten, Neon Highway, 36×36, SOLD

You are our newest emerging artist and you showcase talent that is seemingly way beyond your years. Tell us a little about your artistic journey so far.

“Growing up in a household that encouraged creation and imagination had a major impact on who and what kind of artist I am today. It was a privilege to not really have to worry about what I was going to do after college. My career path was slow, to begin with, but my hunger for creativity will lead me in the right direction for the future.”

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

“Story, Blip, Connection”

Case Baumgarten, A Blip from Him, 69×34

What are you currently listening to?

“I mostly keep it quiet while working, ambient noise can be interesting if you have a second to really listen.”

What keeps you inspired?

“Other artists for sure, but for my more serious work I pull a lot from memories.”

You use many different mediums which I believe adds such a beautiful depth to your work. Can you explain a little bit about your process?

“As a young artist within our educational system, there were moments where thinking on your feet became the only financially applicable option. A lot of times, this when you start using materials you wouldn’t have thought about, using motor oil as paint or a mop as a brush, scavenging any kind of materials. Experimenting is how you push your work forward, finding out what works for you and what doesn’t.”

You work in both 2D and 3D, which we can’t wait to begin showcasing more of your 3D work. Do you have a preference of which to work in?

“I find it important to work in both mediums simultaneously. Each medium can play an important part in the other. Training your imagination to have multiple viewpoints when only working on just one piece.”

Case Baumgarten, in front of his series “Moon Daisies” about homelessness.

How do you know when a piece is finished?

“When I start to find excuses to paint on a certain piece, that’s an important indicator the work is done or close to being finished.”

What period of art history or which artists have the most influence on your work? If you could have dinner with any famous artist, who would it be and why?

“I would say the Contemporary Art movement now has the most influence in my work. There are so many talented artists out in the world and are easily visible thanks to social media. It’s easy to login to Instagram or Facebook and see an awesomely stunning work one after another…

Sitting down with Lee Krasner would be a joy for me. I wouldn’t ask much of anything, but maybe I’d ask if she was the real embodiment of her husband’s work. “

If you could recommend one book or movie, what would it be? It doesn’t have to be art-related. 

“Between The World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates”

If any, what message do you wish viewers receive from your art?

“When referring to my more serious work, I hope people understand when looking at these pieces – that everyone has a story, that people have experiences you do not and vice versa. Just for my audience to acknowledge that would be satisfying enough. “

Where do you see yourself & your art in the next 5 years?

“Hopefully chasing some of the bigger galleries around the world. I think being around other artists with enormous talent such as theirs, would only encourage me to keep pushing and looking for that new Ah-Ha moment.”

Case Baumgarten, Premonition, 69×36

Case’s career is only at its beginning. Stay tuned for more from him in the coming year at ANFA. His name is one you won’t want to forget…

—Logan Sutton, Gallery Coordinator

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