“During the pandemic shutdown, I realized that those quiet times were really wonderful, and it wasn’t just to be to be quiet or be bored or something at all. It was a way to basically meditate and I meditate often through music and find a personal power within,” Campbell said. 

He also used elements of the natural world, like clouds and gardens, as inspiration. 

Those who go to his performance Sept. 10 will have a visual element added to their experience, more than just the sight of Campbell playing the piano. 

Videos, photography and other art will be projected in the fine arts center while Campbell performs, connecting with elements of the music. With the 2D art, Campbell has filmed up close and at different angles, so the audience can see as much of it as possible during the concert.

“I’m adding some motion, and it creates a different kind

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September marks a restart of the arts as some galleries open their doors for exhibit receptions for the first time in a year and a half, and the Greenville Museum of Art brings back one of its biggest fundraisers.

Three galleries will host opening receptions from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the 2021 East Carolina University School of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition. Masks are required.

Works of art will be on display through Sept. 25 at Emerge Gallery and Art Center, 404 Evans St.; Wellington B. Gray Gallery in Jenkins Fine Arts Center; and the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in ECU’s Joyner Library.

The exhibit, last hosted in 2015, will showcase art from 140 alumni from across the country, featuring graduates from a more than 50-year span. It includes works from nearly 20 artists from Greenville, Winterville, Snow Hill and Washington, N.C. Painting and drawing, video, graphic design, textiles, metal

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Sign up now for a creative retreat to Santa Fe with local photographer and artist Kayla Barker.

Registration is now open for encaustic art and photography retreat from  Nov. 1-4. Barker has been a creative entrepreneur for almost 15 years. The retreat is for those who love photography or art, need to be reinspired, want to learn photo encaustic art, need a getaway during the busy season, want a glimpse into Barker’s creative process or want to connect with other creatives.

The retreat will feature 3 1/2 days of fun with creatives, photo encaustic workshop time creating pieces, demonstration on how Barker shoots film cameras, photo inspiration walks, visits to galleries, entrance fees into museums, urban sketching and art journaling lessons. Travel and accommodations aren’t included to keep the price low. A vehicle will be needed to get around Santa Fe. Barker

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CLINTON — Tamra Lampe will donate part of the sales of her artwork to suicide prevention. It was an attempted suicide that started Lampe on her artistic journey in the first place.

Lampe is sharing an exhibit at River Arts Center this month with her aunt Karla Trude. Trude’s medium is photography; Lampe uses the acrylic pour method of painting.

Lampe began painting as therapy a couple of years ago when a friend attempted suicide, she said Tuesday as she hung her artwork. It was the most traumatic thing she’d ever witnessed.

Lampe had no background in painting, she said. “I painted ceramics, but nothing like this,” she said.

Following her friend’s suicide attempt, Lampe found herself staying up late at night, pouring paint and tilting canvas. “And then it became a habit,” she said. “And then it became an addiction.”

Lampe found herself with a house full of

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