Exhibits in full swing

Exhibits in full swing through the end of year at Imperial Centre

Motor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to see their passion in a different form this fall.

The Luster exhibit is now open at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, and it will feature sports cars, motorcycles, race cars and more.

Sixteen artists will bring photo-realism images to the exhibit, which will run through Dec. 23.

“We thought it would be a cool opportunity to tap into this car-lover, motorcycle-lover market,” Arts Curator Alicyn Wiedrich said. “We have several car and motorcycle clubs in town. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate this passion through amazing works of art with our community members.”

Wiedrich said patrons can expect large pieces of art, and Rock City Powersports will have four of its motorcycles on the exhibit floor.

Some artists from the exhibit will be on hand from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 for an opening reception, and a motorcycle show will take place from 5-10 p.m. on Nov. 3

The exhibit, which is sponsored by Don Bulluck Chevrolet, Allegra, Express Employment Professionals and Providence Bank is free and open to the public.

Also opening Sept. 28 will be The Shape of Color: Sculpture and Paintings by North Carolina-based artist Mary-Ann Prack. The exhibit will feature contemporary, vibrant clay-based sculptures by Prack, who often focuses on the human form.

Prack will also have a “Lunch and Learn on Nov. 2 where the public can become more informed about her 30 pieces of paintings and sculptures on display.

“We feel that Prack’s work is the total opposite of Luster, but because her sculptures are so glossy, it’s the perfect contrast and compliment,” Wiedrich said.

Sculpture Salmagundi, a national juried exhibition hosted by the city of Rocky Mount, will have 10 displays throughout downtown. Those wanting to see each sculpture can once again utilize the Otocast smartphone app to check off how many pieces they’ve seen. Visitors who check in at all sculptures through the app will be allowed to claim a prize at the Arts Center.