Individual personalities with their subtle nuances are Eva Crawford’s focus as she paints, draws or collages beautiful vessels of the human soul. Her art began at age three and hurdled its way through a BFA from UNC-Chapel Hill, taking a side trip designing furniture, then embracing an unexpected season teaching high school art where her greatest joy was coaching students to be confident and honest through their art making. Her interactions with former high school students and her own 5 children, which include a son from Uganda, transformed her art to be about humans and their stories. Her portraits are grounded in relationships with those we love, with those we feel compassion, and with those whom we do not yet understand. Eva’s desire is to give visual voice to fellow humans and to foster ultimate healing by investigating the unity of the human experience. These at times intricately slow artworks reflect the necessary time required to know another human and to gain understanding. Eva can be found at her studio and gallery space at Dilworth Artisan Station in SouthEnd and The VAPA Center in Uptown Charlotte.
Her work stretches beyond the human form to the spiritual, sometimes manifesting itself in unexpected depictions of birds, chairs or collage illustrated poetry. No matter what her hands make using brushes, scissors, or glue, at the heart of it all is story. Listen with your eyes.
In the creating & marketing of her art, it is her desire that God be glorified & honored. - Colossians 3:17
For over 2 years I have worked my way through reading the Psalms. I discovered far more than I expected as I let each one of the 150 entries speak to me in imagery. Below is a link to purchasing a small copy of the outcome. Yes, the book is expensive, but it contains 150 full color pages. This collection is a visual journal and will hopefully inspire you to read the Psalms and more for yourself.
ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. The competition and exhibition offers over $145,000 in cash prizes. The winners of two People’s Choice Awards are determined by the votes of people visiting ArtFields; a panel of art professionals selects all the other awards, including the $50,000 Grand Prize and $25,000 Second Place award. Up to 400 works of art will be on display in locally-owned venues, from renovated 1920s warehouses and professional art spaces such as Jones-Carter Gallery and TRAX Visual Art Center to the library, the history museum, the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, restaurants, boutiques and other shops. During ArtFields, what was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.
"What We See Now Is Not All" 41x30 Watercolor Remember the anticipation and then arrival of the solar eclipse of 2017? My parents, son and I hung around the back deck waiting for the sky to darken. As an evening sky dropped on us, we used special glasses to see the crescent sun as the moon passed in front of her. We used a colander to see multiple tiny crescents and the tree shadows held dancing crescents on the ground. Dad was 87 and peered up with amazement. He saw what we all saw that day, something spectacular. Dad has since left this earth. Each day since his passing I think of him and what he is seeing now. Is it streets of gold, reunited loved ones or something far more indescribable? I have hope it’s beyond our imaginings.
"Reclaimed Memories" Solo Show!
You are invited to visit this interactive show featuring charcoal drawings and paintings from found old photos. Ross Gallery, 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte NC 28204 - Free Parking Show times: 10-4pm M-Th and during Halton Theater’s “Putnam County Spelling Bee” Show Reception following my 12noon lecture on Thursday, September 29th. Details
Your Good Neighbor CLT
65 portraits of 68 "good neighbors" making a difference in their communities.
Gallery C3 Art Exhibition - "On Life" Alchemy at C3Lab 2517 Distribution Street, Charlotte NC 28203 June 4-August 1, 2021
One of the Southeast’s major art events from April 23-May 1, 2021 in Lake City, S.C. Hundreds of artworks exhibited throughout our downtown in galleries, warehouses, restaurants, shops, and other venues. Thousands attend, including art curators, collectors, critics, and news media. My selected piece is "Persona Reverend, a 100 Day Illustration" which is based on my son Sam's poem. ArtFields began in 2013 with a mission of elevating the profile of Southern artists. The event was designed to incorporate the whole town into the celebration. This is an exhibition and competition that is strongly committed to celebrating Southern art and the stories our artists have to tell.
Open Wall Exhibition
"See of Humanity" watercolor series was selected as part of The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County' Open Wall Exhibition.
SouthEnd ARTS - "Justice and Beauty" Show
In partnership with the Brooklyn Collective and Studio 229 (@brooklyncollectiveclt & @studio229onbrevard), SouthEnd ARTS (@southendarts_) presents their next installment of their Justice series entitled “Justice & Hope”. Please join myself and 11 other artists as we explore how art contributes to justice and social equity!
March 4-5, 2021
Intersection 2020 [ Dec 2nd - Jan 31st ]Explore this juried exhibition featuring the works of twelve creatives from the C3Lab arts community. Art selections represent the diverse artistic practices of members that have art or maker studios within C3’s creative workspaces next door to Alchemy. More info
Arts & Science Council Community Supported Arts 2020 Artist. Nine local artists have been commissioned to create limited edition artwork specifically for the program. Their work will be boxed and distributed as shares to CSA shareholders at pick-up events in Spring 2020. Shareholders will get three artworks at each event and will have one artwork by each artist by the end of the season.
Creative Mornings February Event Poster - Invest
"Hydrangea Spark" appearing in the Plaza Midwood Signal Cabinet Wrap project.
Book cover illustration
"Set Free" and I Choose to Forgive are featured as an ArtWay Visual Meditation September 30, 2018.
Featured below is my winning piece for ArtPopStreetGallery.com
"Eye on the Sparrow" came into being as we experienced difficulty with one of our children. When confronting the unknown of each day, I can choose to lose myself in worry or I can choose to rest in knowing that I can't control everything, but trust the One who does. The application and results of the unpredictable running paint is like opening a present on Christmas day. Blending that thrill with my love for realism, as seen in the sparrow, is the focus of my current series.