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In The MC Erny Gallery: "Paper Transformations," by Jo Ann Alford

Opening reception: March 22, 2019, 6-9p

Closing reception: April 26, 2019, 6-9p

On Display until: May 10, 2019

WHQR Public Radio is excited to announce the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR will host the opening reception on Friday, March 22, from 6 – 9 pm for Paper Transformations, by Jo Ann Alford.Guests are invited to meet the artist and the WHQR staff and on-air personalities while enjoying great food and wine. There is an additional reception on Friday, April 26, 2019, and the show will remain on display until May 10, 2019. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR.


Jo Ann Alford graduated from East Carolina University in 1971 with a degree in art education. Returning to Wilmington, NC, in 1978, Jo Ann immersed herself in the budding local arts community. While participating in area shows and exhibitions, she also taught many workshops for adults and children in a variety of settings. In 1983, Jo Ann began teaching elementary art classes in the Pender County school system. She retired from teaching in 2010, giving her more time to develop her many talents, which have most recently focused on collage works. Her individual shows, along with her participation in group exhibits have been well-received, giving her a feeling of satisfaction in her life where art has always been a dominant force.


Jo Ann Alford Artist Statement

“Art has played many roles in my life ... from making a living to healing my soul.  At times it is a joy, at other times it becomes a painful discipline. Through the many transitions in my art work there have been valuable gifts, but the best gift is when my work speaks not only to me, but to others. Most of my artwork has been non-objective, giving my audience more opportunity to explore their own interpretation of each piece. My focus has changed over the last few years from watercolor to collage work. My current works are inspired and created from colorful pages cut from various artistic publications. I usually have a general image in my mind of the basic form each collage will take, but I find myself flexible to each line, shape, color, and image I find to let each piece evolve. The first adhered bits of paper become a catalyst for the journey. It is always a surprise to see where each journey will end.”




Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.