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John Pendarvis: Glimpses of Buddy Holly & More

Reception May 5, 6 - 8 PM at Centre Stage

Event Types: Visual Arts

May 5, 2023 6:00 PMJun 18, 2023 5:00 PM

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“Glimpses of Buddy Holly & More”

A journey of paintings from my exploration of Buddy Holly’s music, new works drawn from my musical series re-visited and other favorite paintings using mixed media, acrylic, inks and poured media

Centre Stage South Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina

Reception May 5, 6 - 8 PM at Centre Stage Gallery

Artist Statement:

The “Buddy Holly Story” production at Centre Stage provided an opportunity to explore Buddy Holly’s musical journey from the perspective of one who listened to his music during his short life. This exhibition also allows me to re-explore my love of music with newly created works and highlight a few of my old favorite works. Journey with me back to the mid 1950’s and stop in the present to explore ART together.

Artist Bio:

A native South Carolinian, John Pendarvis’ works include large collages, wax/dye mixed media paintings, encaustic works, serigraphs and textured pieces on multiple types of paper and canvas. They depict a celebration of life inspired by a love of music, a love of the outdoors and a need for exploration which drives his creativity. John states, “… over the years I’ve painted musicians, my saxophone, heritage cloth, Southern themed subjects and African masks – all a reflection of my love of music, Southern and African American heritage.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in creating. This began with my mother’s cousin, Wilbur Murray, drawing for us kids on the front porch. Even before I started to attend school, I was drawing objects found in our home. My art draws on life, loss and the need to capture some of what this journey gives me. I celebrate life with my art and share that with others”.

John’s work has been accepted in national shows, winning best graphics in Spring Mills Art Shows and first place in the Southeast Black Art Competition, North Carolina. Works are included in the collections of Spartanburg Arts Council, Pickens County Museum of Art, South Carolina State University Musuem, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Fluor Corporation, Piedmont Orthopedic Associates, and many private collections across the United States.

John is represented by Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina