The two artists selected to exhibit their artwork at the N.C. Community College 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition at the Caswell Building in Raleigh are on opposite ends of the artistic spectrum. Jerrette McCrimmon of Wadesboro loves realism, while RCC Evening Librarian Amanda Caudill of Hamlet is fascinated by shapes. For his entry, McCrimmon chose an airbrush painting, while Caudill is exhibiting photography.
McCrimmon graduated from RCC’s Web Technologies degree program last May and is double-majoring in Computer Information Technology and Healthcare Business Informatics. Another piece of his artwork is currently on display at the Caswell Building. That exhibit changes at the end of the month and these pieces will be exhibited for two years as part of the system’s anniversary celebration.
His artwork is a painted composite of images of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
“The story behind this particular piece of artwork was something I always thought made an impact on most of today’s generations,” said McCrimmon. “Michael Jackson is the greatest pop entertainer and the highest selling artist of all time. I felt he should have a place in my art portfolio. I just had to bring out some type of reflection of a tribute in the form of artwork because of the memories he left and the ones I remember growing up watching his performances, videos, and choreography. He is one-of-a-kind, so my tribute is just a token in the form of a collaboration of popular poses of his over the years.”
McCrimmon smiles when asked how long he has been an artist.
“One hundred seasons. I started out drawing cartoons as a child. If my mom wouldn’t buy me cartoon books, I’d make my own. I remember getting in trouble in the second or third grade for not doing my school work and for drawing on my good paper instead,” he said.
Art is part of McCrimmon’s identity and relaxes him. He floats between pen, pencil, oils, and airbrush. T-shirt designs, logos, and portraits all are within his abilities. Jerrette designed the logo and painted the banner for RCC Minority Male Mentoring Program advised by Christopher Gardner, which he is an active member and created the logos for the Ebony Dragons School of Karate in Rockingham, headed by Sensei Ronnie Covington. He said he is honored and blessed to have more work selected for exhibition in back-to-back years. He is the son of Myrtle McCrimmon of Dillon, S.C. and the late Willie Lee Jacobs of Minturn, S.C.
Caudill has a bachelor’s degree in commercial design and master’s degrees in Leadership and Higher Education and in Library and Information Science. Her hobbies include small loom weaving, drawing, sculpture, and reading.
Entitled “Samhain Sunset,” the image has brilliant orange and red hues that filled the sky at dusk.
“My daughter’s husband is stationed in Fayetteville, so I am able to visit with them on a regular basis. My granddaughter Kayden’s first Halloween was in 2012, and after visiting with them to take family pictures of the cutest Minnie Mouse impression ever, I drove home to Hamlet. During this drive, the sun was setting with such vibrant colors that I stopped to capture the amazing sight and to put a nice visual bow on my wonderful visit,” said Caudill.
Students, graduates, and employees have exhibited artwork in Raleigh for 15 years.