Expressions of Portraiture

works by Dylan Bannister, Lindsey Bargar, Todd Baxter, Emily Furr, Alexis Howard, Terri Otten, Lucy Warlick, & Robin Wellner 


by Dylan Bannister

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

by Lindsey Bargar



by Todd Baxter



by Emily Furr

This is Alright

This is Alright

by Alexis Howard



by Terri Otten

The Barmaid and Her Daughter

The Barmaid and Her Daughter

Lucy Warlick



by Robin Wellner

Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC



Jan. 12 - Feb. 11, 2018
Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018
5:30 -7:30 PM


In these works—the most recent from his Relics series—Bannister is depicting figures behind layers of analog noise and color, abstracting them nearly to the point of being unrecognizable. Each of Bannister’s images are sourced as stills from dated video tapes as they race across a television screen, giving them an atmospheric presence that the artist relates to the formation, storage, and recollection of memories in one’s own mind. After having transferred the image onto a substrate, Bannister works back into it with traditional media. He finds that this parallels the procedure of one “cleaning up” or “beautifying” their memories—though fragments and imperfections will always remain. The distorted figures are not any particular subject, but happen to be captured on screen at the right time during playback.

Bannister’s artworks utilize the analog video aesthetic to draw connections between error-ridden images pulled from dated television screens and the formation, storage, and recollection of memories in one’s own mind. His interdisciplinary approach unites contemporary practices in photography and video with traditional media such as printmaking, drawing, and painting.


Select Exhibitons: Winthrop University CVPA Graduates Exhibition (Gallery@LOOM: Fort Mill, SC); #instART2016 Instagram Photo Exhibition (The Arts Center for Greenwood: Greenwood, SC); McColl Center for Art + Innovation Member Show (McColl Center for Art + Innovation: Charlotte, NC); USA Juried Show (Gallery@LOOM: Fort Mill, SC); Cowabungalow House Art Show & Fundraiser (Rock Hill, SC); T/TR Printmaking Exhibition (Gettys Art Center, Rock Hill, SC); 2016 Senior Exhibition (Winthrop University: Rock Hill, SC); SOLD OUT! Sculpture Show (Coke Building: Rock Hill, SC)




In Expressions of Portraiture, Lindsey Bargar wanted to demonstrate portraits that are nontraditional and uneasy. Bargar's series does not show the figure as who they are, but how they choose to be portrayed. She enjoys doing this by playing with dynamic lighting, obscuring the models, and teasing the viewer with size, color, and perspective. Bargar is then left with imagery that tells a story of withheld or perverted identity. Through this work, the viewer may see parts of themselves within the anonymity and distortion of the figures.

Photography can be manipulated into the most beautiful or strangest imagery. With such an expansive medium, Lindsey Bargar focuses on never getting stagnant. In recent works, she experiments with portraiture without losing her sense of artistic integrity and sense of humor. Bargar’s photography stands out with bold colors, strong focal points, and simplicity tied to dynamic lighting. Though her recent focus has been portraits, Bargar also enjoys shooting landscape and still life photography. Her hope is to continue to pursue photography, and to be a part of an artistic community that encourages other photographers to enter the art world.


Select Exhibitions: Undergrad Juried Exhibition (Winthrop University: Rock Hill, SC); Alternative Processes Class Exhibition (Winthrop University: Rock Hill, SC); Dis . Comfort, a Senior Photo Exhibition (Winthrop University: Rock Hill, SC); Cowabungalow Art Show & Fundraiser (Rock Hill, SC); Terry Riley’s in C at the Courtroom Music & Arts Juried Exhibition (Gettys Art Center: Rock Hill, SC); Winthrop University CVPA Graduates Exhibition (Gallery@LOOM: Fort Mill, SC)




Todd Baxter loves people, and he loves drawing and painting them. For Baxter, there is no other subject more fascinating, complex, and challenging. No matter how well you think you know someone, there is still more to be discovered. In each person, there is a unique beauty. It is his desire to capture that beauty for others to see and enjoy. 


Todd Baxter is one of those rare individuals who knew his path from a very early age.  After graduating from the Art institute of Pittsburgh in 1975, he worked as a successful graphic designer for about 30 years. In June 2010, he was able to follow his real passion and focus specifically on fine art.

Baxter works primarily with oils and is a 2014 member of the Oil Painters of America.  He currently has work represented by the Providence Gallery in Charlotte and Olive’s in Fort Mill. Along with being a member of the Oil Painters of America, he is also in the Tega Cay Art League, the Charlotte Art League, the Charlotte Plein Air Painters and the Catwaba River Art Guild.


Select Exhibitions: FACES (South Carolina ETV); Faces & Places (Center for the Arts: Rock Hill, SC); Southern Arts Society: Kings Mountain, NC; University of South Carolina, Etheredge Center Art Gallery, Aiken, SC; Providence Gallery: Charlotte, NC; Olive’s Gallery: Fort Mill, SC; River Hills Country Club: Lake Wylie, SC; Anderson Juried Show: Anderson, SC



Emily Furr’s painted portraits examine the personality of her subjects by placing the viewer in an intimate dialogue with the pieces. The impasto application of paint provides the viewer with an opportunity to explore the intricacies of the face and get to know each subject. The dialogue and confrontation between viewer and painted subject is important to Furr and is something she would love to continue pushing. The solid, brightly colored backgrounds function to both highlight the depth of the bold and painterly figure while also influencing the overall mood of each piece. These backgrounds can create a soft delicate atmosphere or an energetic and upbeat one, depending on the cues Furr gets from each subject’s personality. 


Select Exhibitions: Art Fields 2017 (Jones Carter Gallery: Lake City, SC); Emerging Artist Solo Exhibition (Art Center of Greenwood: Greenwood, SC); Solo Exhibition (Catalyst Building: Charlotte, NC); Winthrop Alumni Juried Exhibition (LOOM CoWorking: Fort Mill, SC): Solo Exhibition (Petra’s: Charlotte, NC); Art Fields 2016 (The R.O.B.: Lake City, SC); Thread (Winthrop University’s McLaurin Student Gallery: Rock Hill, SC); Undergraduate Juried Exhibition (Winthrop University’s Rutledge Gallery: Rock Hill, SC)




Alexis Howard’s use of bright, sometimes calming colors awaken feelings of intimacy and positivity. She explores many different narratives through her photography, usually working in series. These range from fine art portraiture to contemporary still lifes combined with cross-stitching. Drawing from her experience as a Photo Retoucher, digitally enhancing or altering each image is important to its development. Using a painterly approach with each photograph, Alexis utilizes a diverse palette resulting in a final piece that may differ vastly from the original image through post-processing.


Select Exhibitions: Winthrop CVPA Graduates Exhibition (Gallery@LOOM; Fort Mill, SC);
#instART2016 Instagram Photo Exhibition (The Arts Center of Greenwood: Greenwood, SC) 2016 McColl Center for Art + Innovation Member Show (McColl Center for Art + Innovation: Charlotte, NC) 2016 Cowabungalow House Art Show & Fundraiser (Rock Hill, SC); 27th Annual Juried Competition (Center for the Arts: Rock Hill, SC); Winthrop Fine Arts Senior Exhibition (Winthrop University: Rock Hill, SC); 28th Annual Juried Exhibition (Winthrop University: Rock Hill, SC); Sculpture Exhibition (Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC); Discomfort (Gettys Art Center: Rock Hill, SC); Sold Out Sculpture Exhibition (Coke Building: Rock Hill, SC)




Terri Otten approaches portraiture like a storyteller.


There are many aspects to consider. Whether the portrait is a personal project or a commissioned piece determines what aspect gets more focus.  


Otten asks herself a series of questions as she works. The best portraits happen when Terri can keep all the questions in mind through the entire process.


First, there is the psychological, perhaps spiritual, side of the portrait.

What is interesting to her about the person that she wants to capture?

What is something that she could communicate besides the specific likeness that is universal about this face?

What moment in time sums up their presence the best? A person's face reveals so many things.


Then, there is the technical side of it.

How does she draw the person accurately?

What makes this face recognizable to others?  

How does she use value and color to create the illusion of three dimensions?

What does she exaggerate or soften to enhance the likeness?

What can she do to enhance all of this with atmosphere, lighting, and setting?


Doing a portrait is like doing a puzzle. It's not done until all the pieces fit together and tells the story Otten wants to tell.  


Art has always been Terri Otten’s second language, and the background of her world. In its unending variety of styles and forms, art enriches our experience as humans, in fact, making us human. It is a noble endeavor. Otten strives to capture the essence of a person or scene on paper that would otherwise go unnoticed. Her fulfillment comes when she points out beauty, a thought, a moment to someone who would not have been aware of it. The search for the mark, the line, the stroke, the moment a piece comes alive drives Otten to create. 


Select Exhibitions: Ten (Cabarrus County Arts Council: Concord, NC); ClearWater Artists Studios Invitational Exhibition and Portrait Paint-Off (ClearWater Artists Studios, Concord, NC); Character Study (Wingate University’s C. Douglas Helms Gallery, Wingate, NC); Carolina’s Got Art! 2015 (Elder Gallery: Charlotte, NC); Ciel Gallery National Juried Exhibit – Tree Party (Ciel Gallery: Charlotte, NC); Okra Studio, Charlotte, NC




Lucy Warlick's paintings included in this show are from her series "Walking in Their Shoes," inspired by the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration photo and negatives archives, 175,000 black and white, copyright-free images that document the lives of the American people living between the Great Depression and the years leading up to WWII—photos that were rescued, digitalized and published online as a gift to the public. These intimate portraits of individuals, families, and their communities depict a nation's daily life struggle in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. Warlick's paintings also pay homage to the talented photographers employed by the FSA, who include John Vachon, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn and Russell Lee, among others.


Lucy's main goal in painting this series is to entice people to exercise their "empathy muscles" by putting themselves in the shoes of the subjects of her paintings. Warlick hopes they will remember or imagine the lives of their grandparents and even great-grandparents. She hopes they will be curious and seek out the photos from the FSA, research the photographers, and familiarize themselves with this era culturally, politically, and artistically.

Select Exhibitions: I Am Woman 2016 (Southern Arts Society: Kings Mountain, NC); New Works (Southern Arts Society: Kings Mountain, NC); I Am Woman 2013 (Southern Arts Society: Kings Mountain, NC); Artfields 2013 (Lake City, SC); 38th Annual Juried Show (Anderson Arts Center: Anderson, SC); 24th, 23rd, 22nd, 21st, 20th Annual Juried Competition (Center for the Arts: Rock Hill, SC); A Fresh Look (Southern Arts Society: Kings Mountain, NC); Carolina’s Got Art! (Elder Gallery: Charlotte, NC)




Robin Wellner is a people lover. Faces captivate her. So painting people is a compulsion for her as an artist. It's the hardest thing she has ever attempted—to get the essence of that person—perhaps... hopefully, a likeness—but, more importantly, their energy. To succeed at a likeness, and yet keep a loose, painterly quality has been her goal. Wellner prefers to paint from life. Having that person in front of her is such a different experience than painting from a photo. There are colors and nuances that disappear in a photo. And whatever that magic is that happens on another level between two people. And like all her paintings—and life—the more she learns, the more she realizes she needs to learn!

Select Exhibitions: American Women Artists Juried Online Show 2017, 2015; Oil Painters of America’s National Exhibition (Eisele Gallery of Fine Art: Cincinnati, OH); The Richeson75 International Art Competition Figure/Portrait (2016, 2015); The Richeson75 International Art Competition Birds and Wildlife (2016, 2013); American Women Artists National Juried Show 2015; Carolina’s Got Art! 2015 (Elder Gallery: Charlotte, NC)

Sponsored by

Friday Arts Project - Countenance

works by

Christopher Doehling, Stephen Crotts, Olivia Hartman,

Sarah Kennedy Irwin, MC Churchill-Nash, and Michael Sorrow




Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery




THURSDAY | JANUARY 11, 2018 | 6 - 7 PM



Artist Grand Prize | $100

$10 | Subjects choose winners of each round, & they take home their favorite drawing of themselves



Online |

by Phone | 803-328-2787

In Person | Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC

Knockout battle, tournament style


Round 1 | 16 artists paired off in 8 sets, sketching/drawing 8 models
Round 2 | 8 artists paired off in 4 sets, sketching/drawing 4 models
Round 3 | 4 artists paired off in 2 sets, sketching/drawing 2 models
Round 4 | 2 artists go head-to-head drawing a single model


This competitive portrait drawing competition begins with sixteen artists paired off in sets of two, competing to create their best portrait of a model with just five minutes on the clock. Pencils down at the sound of the buzzer, the model in each pairing serves as judge and jury, choosing the portrait of themselves to take home at the end of the night. When the models’ decisions have been made, the winning artists then move on to the to the next round until only 2 artists remain. The final 2 artists go head-to-head, with the final decision going to the final model of the evening. The winning artist of the competition will be crowned the champion and will take home the $100 grand prize. This event has been organized by the Arts Council of York County and Winthrop University’s Union of Student Artists.



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