2017 Farm Class Visiting Artists

May 19-28

Artist, Suzanne Stryk: Suzanne Stryk was born in Chicago and currently resides in Southwest Virginia.  She has had solo exhibitions in locations throughout the country.  She received a Bachelor of Arts (art history) from  Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. and a Master of Arts in Painting, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. 

Her drawings capture the essence of the small and numerous properties of nature enhanced by the surrounding environment. Her paintings have hung in over 60 group shows and her artist's images have appeared in numerous publications. In 2013 she exhibited her "Notes on the State of Virginia" at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va.

Poet, Larry Sorkin: Business man and published poet, Larry is a supporter of the arts of writing, painting, music and dance.

Artisit, Christy Kirk received her Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in 2014. She has also received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from University of North Carolina at Asheville and an Associates from Central Piedmont Community College. Her primary subject is the human form and condition depicted through a variety of media including painting, drawing, and sculpture. She currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.


June 16-25

Artist, Alexandra Giannell is an American artist born in New Jersey and spent many years growing up in Europe. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC before earning a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She received her MFA in Painting from Clemson University in 2015.  Her two-dimensional studio practice is grounded in drawing and painting, and is deeply concerned with physicality and mark-making.

Poet, Thomas Heffernan is presently a professor of English at UNC Pembroke, Tom is an author of many publications of poetry.


The classes are offered through Corporate and Continuing Education at CPCC.  The classes are scheduled as:

May 19-28 and/or June 16-25  -  AAC8017-01

You must register with Elizabeth Ross and through CPCC.  A class session will be held on Central Campus prior to going to the farm.

After reserving space by contacting Elizabeth Ross,  you must call the Continuing Education Customer Service Center at 704-330-4223, Monday through Thursday 8am - 7pm and Friday 8am - 5pm to register. You may also register by visiting any CPCC campus registration center.  Spaces are limited.

Cost for the class through CPCC is $150 plus a $2 required insurance fee. Room, board, visiting artist, and material costs for each week are $350 and should be paid by donation to the CPCC Foundation (marked for the Art Farm Class) after registration with CPCC.  Scholarships may be available.

For further information contact Elizabeth S. Ross at or
Phone: 704-334-6078 or 704-905-8561