Saponi DancersStephen Greer’s “Still” is the latest exhibit on display in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College.

Greer’s paintings celebrate rich Native American heritage, regalia, and dance. The collection will be on display March 14 - April 15.

A resident of Jacksonville, Greer said the inspiration for the exhibit came while attending an Indian powwow more than a decade ago. “When I saw and heard North Carolina Native Americans in full regalia making their grand entry into the ceremonial circle, I knew I would record that experience in paint,” Greer said.

Candid sketches, photographs, and memories of the powwows of the Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Waccamaw Siouan, and Occaneechi-Saponi tribes provide the visual references in Greer’s creations.

An alumnus of Campbell University, Greer has participated in a host of exhibitions across North Carolina including the Onslow Council for the Arts, Beaufort County Council for the Arts, and most recently at his alma mater. His work has also been on display at James Sprunt Community College, Onslow County Schools, and permanently at the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston.

Greer’s honors include Best in Show, Coastal Carolina Community College Public Art Show 2005 and 2006; Onslow County Artist Award, Onslow Art Society’s Images 2007 Show; first place, Coastal Carolina Community College Public Art Show 2007; first place, Kinston Plein-Air Paint Out Competition 2008 and numerous others.

JCC’s Frank Creech Art Gallery, which is located in the Arts Building on the main campus, is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.

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Contact: Traci D. Ashley
tdashley@johnstoncc.edu