4/13: New Gallery Exhibit at Glencoe

Shape study by Shaun C. Whiteside

The Glencoe Mansion, Museum and Gallery is pleased to announce its newest gallery show, “Driven to Abstraction,” featuring the works of Ruth Cline and Shaun C. Whiteside. The opening reception will take place Friday, April 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The show will be on display through June 1.

Ruth Cline has always loved to draw, paint and do all things visually creative. She studied speech pathology and audiology and received her master’s degree in special education. Eventually, she went back to school to get an art degree. She studied Illustration with an emphasis in portraiture at UNC Charlotte and graduated summa cum laude with a BFA. Life got in the way of becoming a full-time artist for a number of years, but recently she has returned to her first love.

Balancing Act by Ruth Cline
Balancing Act by Ruth Cline

Cline’s abstract work is influenced by her love of old billboards with numerous layers peeling away, with aged walls, with their blistered paint, especially the ones that show advertisements fading away. She likes the playful surprise of colors peeking through the patinas.

Shaun C. Whiteside works with acrylic paint in a style most influenced by Abstract Expressionism, with an emphasis on the metaphysical and emotional realm, rather than on optical reality. Using several layers of thin glazes, partially washed away, he creates oppressively dense atmospheric environments, with biomorphic, liquid shapes within them.

Whiteside graduated with a BA from CNU’s art department in 2007, and received an MFA from Radford University in 2011, where he studied under Doctor Halide Salam. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Radford University.

Throughout 2018, the Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery is celebrating 20 years as Radford’s museum. It is located in the historic home of General Gabriel C. Wharton and his wife Nannie Radford Wharton. The site is three museums in one: House Museum, History Exhibits and Art Gallery. There’s always something new to see! Find it in Radford!