On Friday, November 7, Trinity Gallery will feature the work of local artists Breanna Ponzi and Windy Lampson in “Stained Glass“.
Breanna Ponzi was raised in North Carolina alongside five older siblings by a saint of a mother and dedicated father. In 2013 she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BFA in studio art and art history. In addition to working as a freelance artist, she is currently pursuing a Masters in Christian Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte with the hope that she might use her passion for creativity as a vehicle for healing.
Breanna’s work focuses on the visual naming of gifts, a thanksgiving for the ordinary. Father’s kiss on son’s forehead, 90 year old—and counting—light in the eyes of Great Aunt Rose, the wildly beautiful in the healing of scar tissue, bare feet of expectant mother: the mundane becomes sacred when, in its naming, it becomes a lens to its Creator. Breanna juxtaposes works of the human form with abstracts that chart the progression of wounds over time. The naturalistic and abstract pieces inform one another, both visually and conceptually. Together, they speak of the inevitability of hardship and the beauty it births—redemption growing.
Windy Lampson was born and raised in Goldsboro, NC. She began studies at East Carolina University in 1998, receiving a BFA in Studio Art and a BFA in Art Education in 2003. In 2005, she received her MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting. Directly after school, she moved to Orlando, FL to teach art at an elementary school while her husband worked on his Recording Arts degree. In 2006, they moved to Richmond, VA where she continued to teach art to elementary students while painting in her free time. In the summer of 2007, her husband was hired at Elon University, and they moved for a third time. She currently lives in North Carolina and teaches at Graham High School while painting in her free time. She has two boys, one is five years old and the other 12 months.
Oil painting is Windy’s medium of choice, and she has been commissioned by clients throughout the country for her unique portraits. More recently, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base commissioned her for a portrait of the naval officer for whom the base is named. To date, she has sold work in five countries as well as fifteen of the United States.
Windy’s work focuses on the small, sometimes overlooked moments in life. She finds drawing and painting to be meditative exercises in which the subject matter can be better explored. She also enjoys the layering of connections that can be made when viewing and creating art: connections between artist and viewer, connections between viewer and past experiences, connections between previous and current work, even the connections within the composition of the piece itself.
Join us on Friday, November 7th, from 6-9 PM for “Stained Glass”!