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Mono No Aware (“beauty tinged with sadness”): A photographic exhibition by Leigh Mitchell at GCCA’s Community Gallery

Opening Reception November 3rd from 6:00-9:00 PM

Event Types: Visual Arts

Nov 3, 2023 9:00 AMDec 20, 2023 5:00 PM

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‘Mono no aware’ is a Japanese term that means “beauty tinged with sadness.” More specifically it refers to the bittersweet awareness that all things inevitably change form or come to an end. At the GCCA’s Community Gallery this November and December, exhibiting artist Leigh Mitchell presents over 30 black & white photographs inspired by the ephemeral nature of things. On view are images of fleeting moments occurring in nature, objects that reveal marks of time, weather, and human use, and trees with scars, stories, and future destinies. It is both a deeply personal exploration and expression of appreciation for life and a comment on the fact that, due to the damaging impact we are having on our environment, we don’t know how long human life and the earth as we know it will last.

About the Artist

Leigh Mitchell is a photographic artist and educator living in Greenville, SC. She obtained a master’s degree in Studio Art from Western Carolina University, and she was a college instructor for twelve years, teaching Film Photography I and II, Digital Photography I and II, and Photography Appreciation. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of locations, including The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), The Asheville Area Arts Council (Asheville, NC), The SE Center for Photography (Greenville, SC), Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Rochester, NY), and The Asheville Art Museum. She has been a juror for Knoxville Photo at the Emporium Center in Knoxville, TN, the Regional Scholastic Art Competition through the Asheville Art Museum, the Diverse Works exhibit at the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville, NC, and the Regional Artist Project Grant for Western North Carolina. Her sensibility is toward images that have a lyrical quality while, at the same time, are able to capture the tension and reality of life.

Greenville Center for Creative Arts