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CLEASTER COTTON Colors and Codes - Artist Reception

Colors and Codes
Contemporary Art & ALNUGE Hieroglyphics
March 4 – 30, 2016
Artist Reception:
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA)
Highsmith Student Union
Intercultural Center Art Gallery
One University Heights
First Floor - Room 114
Asheville, NC 28804

Cleaster’s approach to creating art is organic, innovative, unexpected, and honest. With a refreshing use of texture, shape, line, and color, she manipulates conventional and unconventional materials to produce an eclectic range of vibrant paintings. Cleaster uses the light as her ally to create environmentally interactive works of art. Her paintings transform according to the viewer’s perspective. The interplay with natural light and changes in ambient lighting, reveal the shifting, mystical narratives of the solar day, lunar evening and both the metaphoric and literal human quest for light. Cotton says, “Have some fun with my paintings. Experience the colors and play with the codes.”

Born into a large, close-knit family, Cleaster Cotton was lovingly raised by southern parents in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. In the vanguard of arts and academic education, a precocious Cleaster joined a research team and began international travel during early adolescence.

At age five Cleaster was inspired to be an artist by her mother. Geometrics were at the core of her mother’s training, and geometrics continue to inform Cleaster’s artistic expressions and teaching style. Her mother’s early training led Cleaster to inventing the Modern Day Hieroglyphics - ALNUGE ["al-new-gee"] (Alphabets Numbers Geometrics.) ALNUGE Code Games and Puzzles is fun, game-based educational curriculum that fosters creativity, innovation, and brain health. Cotton has used the ALNUGE Codes to teach art and academic education for over a decade to PreK-20.

Cleaster attended Fordham University and San Diego City College. She is a Master Teaching Artist and Education Specialist who focuses on Constructive Instructional Design. Her influential art exhibits and contributions to STEAM education spans the USA and abroad. Her partnerships include Westchester Arts Council, High Museum of Art, Georgia Council for the Arts, City of Atlanta, Museum of Design Atlanta, University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville City Schools Foundation, LEAF in Schools and Streets, Mission Health, and several national Boards of Education.

“We are all artists at birth. Many of us are taught otherwise, when our creativity is stunted and not nurtured by our family or teachers. I love the powerful healing qualities of art and the way it embraces and joins people across the planet like global glue. Art nurtures children to grow into creative, productive adults and grows adults into innocent children with uncharted imaginations.” ~ Cleaster Cotton

Sales support K-20 STEAM game-based education and brain health.

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