Come see Mint Hill Arts’ featured artist
He has broken up a riot in Mississippi, served with the Army in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and was on hand when the Super Dome reopened in September 2006 to jubilant crowds.
So how did Carl Childs, Mint Hill Arts’ featured artist of July, also become a budding artist? Pretty easily.
“My journey into the arts took a supernatural turn in February 2010,” he explained. “I normally wake up fired up to enjoy and live a new day (and) that morning I woke up with a supernatural amount of energy and clarity on life. I immediately started drawing, painting and writing like never before.”
Childs, now of Gastonia, recently finished a 10-year career with the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant 1st class. Childs has always been involved in the arts with quite a resume to back it up, dating back to his time growing up in Rochester, N.Y. His creative side has been expressed over the years in an assortment of ways, from journalism to music, dance and acting.
But painting and creating artwork was a new hobby to him on that February morning, and since then he has produced 100 paintings and various other art works. To date, his work has been on display in the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, the Gaston County Museum, Gaston County Chamber of Commerce and the Brevard Station Museum, among other venues. This month he is the featured artist at Mint Hill Arts, with several of his pieces on display in the Litaker Gallery as part of the exhibit, “Brighter Skies.”
“God has touched me in a special way that has all of the creative spark plugs firing,” Childs said. “I’m using my work to glorify Him and make the world a better place.”
Not just a painter, Childs also dabbles in sculpting and other various forms of art and is currently enrolled at Gaston College, pursuing a degree in Fine Arts. The honors student expects to graduate in 2012.
Choosing the theme “Brighter Skies” for his Mint Hill Arts exhibit, Childs says the sky has inspired many of his paintings, and hopes others can find inspiration in the sky like he has.
“A lot of themes I have always lead to the sky,” he said.
One of his most popular pieces, and his first work, titled “Cantaloupe Skies,” is currently on display in the gallery and was featured at the 2010 Carolina Winefest in Belmont, and has won the Sky 2010 Painting Award. Depicting a single moment during a sunset, the painting uses bright oranges and yellows to portray a vibrant sky scene.
“It is a captured rare moment to see that,” Childs said of the painting.
Choosing his painting “Adhension de la Vie (Ascension of Life,)” as his featured work In the gallery, the piece is of a blue sky dotted with white clouds that Childs hopes can inspire anybody who views it.
“How can you not be uplifted when you look at that color (blue)?” Childs asked.
The painting has been featured in the Beam Gallery at Gaston College, the 2011 January/February issue of Artsee Magazine and in the play, “Why Can’t I get Married?” at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
“A lot of my paintings are just trying to give people release,” Childs said.
Childs is active in his community and donates many of his proceeds to various organizations, including ones that have helped feed children, support animal hospitals, fight cancer and provide hope for elderly and disabled people. He is currently writing a book on becoming an artist which he plans to title “Year One.”
Want to go?
Childs work will be on display at Mint Hill Arts, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prints of his work can be purchased at www.carlsgalleryalive.blogspot.com.