Responsible Reopening: We at the IAC are taking measures to protect our community while opening our first layer of art enriching classes and events. Our Old Jail will be disinfected between class attendees and visitors and hand sanitizer will be available. We ask that you wear a mask until further notice, our instructors will be wearing them for your safety. Most importantly, if you have any symptoms of illness, please remain home and recuperate as we attempt to heal our neighborhood.
Thanks for you understanding and patience, we look forward to seeing you again!
John R Miles III
Charlotte artist John R Miles III epitomizes the classical renaissance man. Miles earned his BFA from Western Carolina University and concentrated in Graphic Design. After college, he taught high school photography and arts, designed hot air balloons, worked in a print shop and began a family. Through it all he honed his own talents, inspired by artists Romare Bearden, Ernie Barnes and Jacob Lawrence.
John, or "Trey" since he is the third, has worked in landscapes and abstracts, but finds himself most drawn to the power of collage. Supported by art collectors and other artists in the Charlotte area, Trey has made art his full time career - passion - for the past two years. His work tells a powerful story of the black neighborhoods and families he has had the advantage of knowing. Some pieces show us the transformation of his neighborhood by gentrification, some the power of his heritage and others a juxtaposition of societal norms that make the viewer stop and reflect upon their own assumptions and beliefs.
Trey and his art have an easy, joyful effect on those around him as he brings you to remember gentle things about your past and his and how they intertwine. In that common bond and gentleness there is a great strength that pulls us in to study each bit of paper, every board and every stroke of paint used to create this beautiful body of work.
We are privileged to have the art of John R Miles III on display, and available for purchase, at the Iredell Arts Council during the month of October.
An Artist Reception will be held Wednesday, October 14th from 5:30pm until 7:00pm.The Old Jail will be open for viewing by appointment only, October 1st through 31st. Please call John at 704-880-2101 for an appointment.
Kyshona began her career as a music therapist and keeps her passion for healing the hurting alive in her music career. Rolling Stone calls her style " ...a soulful, Southern groove." NPR says there's a "sense of purpose in the language she chooses." We find it thought provoking and uplifting and look forward to sharing this gem with you November 5, 2020.