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Photographer speaks at Lake Norman Art League

Rachel Goldstein

Rachel Goldstein

art news bugDavidson-based photographer Rachel Goldstein will discuss her work at the next meeting of the Lake Norman Art League on Monday, Nov. 8. The art league also recently announced winners of its fall show. We list them below. Meanwhile, Davidson College Visual Art Center has an exhibit through Dec. 8 titled “Three Bodies” by the Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal.


Rachel Goldstein will be the guest speaker at the Lake Norman Art League monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 8, from 7-9 p.m., at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Ms. Goldstein is an emerging artist and photographer who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design last year with a master of fine arts degree in photography. She enjoys working in digital collage, combining multiple images with text, as well as photographing in the documentary style, creating narratives in her photographs. Her work has been exhibited in Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte, Greensboro and Durham, as well as Annapolis, Md., Rockport, Maine, and Hong Kong.

Ms. Goldstein moved back to Davidson last November, and within a week in April, won both First Place in the Lake Norman Art League Spring Exhibition and Best in Show at the Arts on the Green juried show on the Davidson Town Green. She is a member of The Light Factory, The Young Affiliates of the Mint, and the Women Centered Art Co-op and also serves on the boards of the Mooresville Artist Guild and The Lake Norman Art League.

The meeting is free for members, $5 for non-members. Lake Norman Chamber offices are across from the Goodwill and next to Zappata’s Cantina in Cornelius.

For more information please contact Sherry DeFazio, President, Lake Norman Art League at or 704-620-4450.


And Counting ... Bilal

In "...And Counting" Bilal used tatoos on his own body in a commentary on U.S. and Iraqi war dead.

Davidson College’s Belk Visual Art Center this fall is home to an exhibit titled “Three Bodies” by the Iraqi American contemporary artist Wafaa Bilal. Featured are three major works that are re-creations of Mr. Bilal’s
performance-based installations (“… And Counting,” “Domestic Tension,” and “Virtual Jihadi”).

The artist uses his own body – both literally and virtually – to explore widely held presumptions of Middle Eastern culture and people. “Wafaa Bilal is an artist on the rise,” according to Davidson gallery director Brad Thomas. “As an Iraqi American, he is all too aware of the assumptions that are associated with his nationality. Bilal interrogates these social (and political) misconceptions by casting himself as the protagonist in numerous performance-based installations that are as much a test of his endurance as they are critiques of contemporary cultural relations.”

More about the artist may be found on his website,

For more information on the three works in this exhibit, listen to a recent audio feature on National Public Radio, CLICK HERE>


The Lake Norman Art League’s fall show is on display right now at Carolina Art Garden, in the Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., behind the police station, Cornelius.

The league recently announced the show’s winners, judged by Joshua Cross, an assistant professor of art at Pfeiffer University. Winners were:

1st Place – Carolyn Saine, “In the Vineyard”
2nd Place – Sherry DeFazio, “Layers of Cool”
3rd Place – Lee Ann Harrison, “Circle to Square #1″
Honorable mention – James Donaldson, “Big D”
Honorable mention – Lisa Mitchell, “The Kitchen’s Closed”

More about the winners and the show on

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