'Rockets and Sheep' art exhibit at Pfeiffer, Oct. 23-Nov. 15

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An opening reception will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, in the gallery (located in Goode Hall on the Misenheimer campus). The event is free and open to the public.

This new collection of paintings and photography by Cross, assistant professor of art and gallery director at Pfeiffer, is his philosophy on how ideas are developed. Cross said the art in this show all started as different ideas that may have been related at one point in time as part of one piece and may have even been part of another, but then eventually each piece became its own object of expression.

"Some pieces will illustrate how ideas and thoughts can come to you fast, like a rocket, and are worked through easily. While others need to be nurtured, feed, herded and grouped with other ideas to make them productive, and then trimmed down to get rid of the fluff, like sheep," Cross explained. "But no particular approach is more correct than any other and rarely are the results the same."

Born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Cross earned a bachelor's degree in art from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Kansas State University. Cross came to Pfeiffer in 2005.

The gallery's general hours are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except during special events. For more information, contact Joshua Cross, art gallery director, at (704) 463-3160 or oshua.cross@pfeiffer.edu.