Sechrest Gallery Showcases Unique Fiber Art in New Exhibit

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 19, 2011 – The Sechrest Gallery at High Point University will soon debut another visual wonder, thanks to artist Char Norman, who will display her unique fiber art on campus. The show begins Oct. 31 and will remain on display until March 1, 2012. The show is open to the public.

Norman, an accomplished fiber artist, specializes in papermaking and fiber sculpture. She studied art at Claremont University and Scripps College, and has lectured and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.

Maxine Campbell, gallery curator, says Norman’s exhibit will include mixed media sculptures and wall pieces that incorporate natural objects, fiber, handmade paper and drawing. Norman’s work is based on concepts of life, death and a reverence for natural elements.

“Man’s relationship to nature is central to my work,” Norman says. “The methods, materials and forms I have developed examine questions surrounding the nurturing and honoring of nature after we have used, abused and reaped its gifts.”

For example, Norman says she uses the iconic pod shape – derived from seed pods – as a metaphor for how we might relate to our natural environment; nurturing, abusing, mourning, or revering.

“The forms can be both wombs and shrouds; celebrating and nurturing the birth or mourning and honoring the death of nature,” Norman adds.

The Sechrest Gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 336-841-4685.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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