The Iredell Arts Council has opened a new exhibit featuring the work of Huntersville artist Tina Alberni.

The exhibit is an extension of the Arts Council’s mission to celebrate local and regional artists.

“My bilingual and bicultural upbringing weaves into the fabric of my art expression where I explore and respond intuitively through overlapping mixed media,” said Alberni in a written statement.

Born in New York, Alberni lived in South America for some time. She is part Cuban.

According to her bio, “Tina sees the world in patterns of color, textures, symbols and order.”

The constant themes of Alberni’s work are her use of bright color pallet and mash of texture, used to create familiar scenes and abstract shapes.

“Picture of Chaos” shows a serene scene of a woman sleeping in an ornate blanket. There is an abstracted thought bubble illustrating the woman’s dreams as bright, jagged shapes over a light blue surface.

The bulk of the exhibit is made up of collages of fabric, paper, gold foil and other found items. Alberni placed each one on fabric and displayed them almost like portraits.

“Morandi Bridge” is constructed of several pieces layered-over red fabric. Alberni placed swaths of blue with multiple patterns in a way that shifts attention up and down the piece. On top of this she laid bands of yellow string at several points.

Rogelio Calvo, director of the Iredell Arts Council, said he found Alberni’s work to be “beautifully tactful.”

“I can picture her with all these little leftover materials,” Calvo said. “Clothes and papers and threads, and I can try to see her trying to solve the puzzle. She probably thinks about the emotion and the chaos she’s trying to organize. Those collages, they’re not just pretty things. If you look at it, it goes a little further.”

Tina Alberni’s work will be on display at the Iredell Arts Council at 203 S. Meeting St. until Dec. 10. More information can be found at www.iredellartscouncil.org.

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