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Glitter IS fabulous!

We’re excited for October 24, when we get to revisit that childhood favorite, glitter. Artspace Artists Association member, Cat Manolis will be teaching Glitterati & Wine from 6:30-8:30pm. In the class, we’ll investigate stencils and alternative materials, while getting covered in glitter and enjoying a good glass of wine.

Glitteratti & Wine is part of a new series of adult classes that Artspace is offering, geared towards artists of all skill levels, with an emphasis on the creative process. The series kicked off on September 26 with Monsters & Margaritas, led by Michelle Lyon. To highlight this new series, Cat and I sat down to discuss all things glitter:

Cat making a glitter painting

Cat creating a glitter painting at Artspace during Artsplosure.

Why glitter?

Two reasons: 1. It’s FABULOUS 2. Glitter literally leaves a visual trail behind whenever it’s used. After performing a Glitterati demo on the street at Artsplosure this year, I could follow exhibition-goers glittering footprints right back to Artspace. I never did get to apologize to the street cleaners though – haha!

What inspired you to create your first glitter painting?

The first glitter painting was created as a performance. I was promoting an art exhibition that I co-curated, so I performed the very first Glitterati experience live at a swanky club in Washington, DC. There was a lot of throwing glitter in large flourishes at the page. It worked particularly well because the club was very dark and I was painting under a single spotlight, so when the glitter was hurled at the painted glue, it really sparkled and created lines of light.

Glitter is fun!

Throwing glitter with dramatic flair!

When you were first creating these works, did you learn anything surprising or unexpected?

I learned a lot about drying times of various glues. Not sure how that will benefit me in my old age. More interestingly, I was surprised by what a delicious hard line and what amazing accuracy you can get with glue and glitter.

What about the other artwork you create and your creative process? Any exhibitions coming up soon?

The elevator speech is: I’m an artist “provocateur” who creates speculative fiction in the form of large scale mixed media paintings. I make paintings that powerfully, unashamedly, sometimes sarcastically, and often ironically debate contemporary American political and social policies.


Cat Manolis, Secret Motive

Cat Manolis, Secret Motive

I just sold a painting from a gallery show in St. Petersburg, FL where the painting was also put on the front cover of Creative Loafing (their version of the Indy). I have paintings in an exhibition, Material Witness, that just went up in Atlanta. I’m working on a huge painting for a group show that I want to bring into existence. I’m starting with the concept and the artists, and will then find the venue – it’s a completely opposite approach to the traditional. I think it will work.

What’s your advice for anyone wanting to get back into creating or exhibiting work?

Take it as seriously as you take everything else in your life. Make time to create and to enjoy that process. Be brave.

And it doesn’t hurt to hang out with other creative types – it provides a lot of inspiration and great feedback.

 Learn more about Glitterati & Wine on our website here.


Glitter painting by Cat Manolis

Cat Manolis has a MFA in painting from UNC-Chapel Hill. Recent exhibitions include A Shot at the Big Time OR Happiness is a Warm Glock at Room 100 Gallery, Golden Belt, Durham, NC. Her recent painting series can be seen as fuzzy and frequently interrupted newscasts. Visual “bites” in over-saturated colors are painted together on hand-drafted and/or hand-sequined backgrounds. Ideas, opinions and disparate visual images are sorted and then mashed together. The environmental crisis, political unrest and questions about the future frequently surface on these canvases without the bindings of political correctness.  The subjects inhabiting the paintings are treated with irony, sarcasm and great love.


About hcostner

Hannah Costner is the program assistant at Artspace. Previously, she worked for three years with the Raleigh Arts Commission managing the Block Gallery. She received her BA in studio art from Meredith College, Raleigh in 2009.

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