Reception: Millscapes, works by Chris Evans @ Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill [12 October]

Reception: Millscapes, works by Chris Evans

17:30 - 19:30

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Arts Council of York County
121 E Main St, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
EXHIBITION | Sept. 15 — Oct. 29, 2017
RECEPTION | Thurs., Oct. 12, 2017 | 5:30 — 7:30 PM

Throughout her work in «Millscapes,» Chris Evans explores the gradual decline of mill towns and their transformation into bustling, modern communities that weave the past with the present and future. This project consists of a series of 16 paintings, created as a contemporary, visual reconnaissance of Southern textile culture. The artwork celebrates the era's industrialized urban and rural landscapes, as well as historic cotton fabrics. The paintings serve as a public valuation and tribute to important, creative resources found within the southern region. «Millscapes» provides local and visible evidence of the power of past artisans and artists to inspire today's creative communities.

«Millscapes» was developed during an exploration of Rock Hill, SC's Cotton Factory. Through the generosity of Springs Creative, Evans was given the opportunity to study the 350,000 cotton swatches housed in their archives. Having such intimate, hands-on access to these vivid 19th century fabrics was a moving experience for her. She recognized the invaluable legacy the mill workers had provided to us by their timeless designs and craftsmanship. This discovery resulted in her decision to celebrate and revive their legacy with this series.

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