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  • Katherine Bryant

Visit to Cameron Art Museum

My first visit to the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina was today, and I was very impressed with this community art museum. The major exhibit included the sundry works of José Bernal. One of José Bernal painting palettes looks very similar to one of mine, which allowed me to connect with him as an artist beyond his artwork. He has a prolific and varied body of work. This exhibit included his ceramics, collages, found art assemblages, cubist style paintings, drawings, and beautiful landscape compositions. I am probably leaving something out, but he practically covered all art mediums and styles. He did not sit contently in a single art space but explored beyond and in and out. If you are not familiar with his work, I would recommend you check out José Bernal, especially if you feel like you have to pick a certain medium or style as an artist in order to be successful.

I am still at the beginning of my art journey, and I have struggled with feeling like if I paint portraits, then I am portraiture artist. If I paint watercolors, then I am a watercolor artist, and so on and so forth. I do not feel comfortable with committing to any one artistic style or medium. If you are like me, then you will feel comforted to know there is a well-known artist that shared our boundless desire to create without categorization. Thank you José Bernal!

Top: One of my paint palette.

Bottom: One of Bernal's paint palettes.

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