Pssst... #RuminateCLT has another artist

Before I dive into introducing the new face I just have to say, WHOA.  The past week has been a whirlwind. I spent the weekend trying to put the words together for this blog post and woke up to this wonderful write-up by Happenings CLT on The Ruminate Project and Post-It Goats.   SO MANY FEELS as I am discovering that other people are connecting to my vision with The Ruminate Project.    You can still join the collabaaah!-ration, support #RuminateCLT by getting or sending a goat, HERE.  And now onto more exciting things: 


Craig is an original TRIPLE-B:  Bearded. Bespectacled. Brazen. He is a family man, has been local to Charlotte for 25 years and he believes that Mirado Black Warrior is the finest pencil every made.  Don't worry I have never heard of it either-- but it must be worth looking into if Craig says so! 

I met Craig after seeing his doodles of FutoButa ramen on instagram and basically said "HEY CRAIG. I AM CECE, lookie here we are both creating arts of Charlotte food....  Let's find the best looking, best tasting food in Charlotte and create arts"

It was a no-brainer and we immediately began research... research as in bike ride 4 Joe's Doughs, goat + ramen pun fun with Futobuta... and sometimes even eating a 7-course dinner of desserts by the fabulous Ashley Boyd @ 300 East ( kudos to the great Joel Tracy on that set up)

It is impossible for me to produce enough art to do Charlotte's culinary cuisine scene or The Ruminate Project justice, so I have been lucky enough to find a genius art partner in this RUMINATION.   We are both thrilled about bringing a different perspective to the table of the beautiful things that these chefs and food entrepreneurs are doing to influence our city's culture and community, while also having the opportunity to showcase the contrast of our individual creative expression. 



#RuminateCLT will be in exhibition at Free Range Brewery Septmeber 28 - November 9th and will feature both of our chef + artist collaborations.  
Details on opening reception, and other fun details to follow in the coming months.


Until then....


Connect with us on social media for daily updates, tweet us, tag us, share ideas with us.   

Keep an eye on @PostItGoats for more photos of the beautiful "YOUR QUOTE + MY GOAT" Collabaaaah!-rations to start looping  back to social media from their snail mail travels. 

Follow Craig: @breadczar @breadczar 

Follow Cece: @cecestronach  @cecestronach

Follow Post-It Goats:  @PostItGoats  @PostItGoats

Hashtags defined:

#RuminateCLT: The name of the collection of arts created by Craig and I. Follow and tag for Post-It Goat updates and all-things related to The Ruminate Project

 #theartofpaintingplates: Follow for on-going progress of Cece's paintings and Craig's drawings


#RuminateCLT : A simple run down

Telling this story is getting a little easier... 

1. Food.  The food scene in Charlotte is undergoing an incredible growth right now, it is super exciting. So many new places, new people, new cuisine, new concepts, new ways of connecting, new social opportunities and exploration. 

Spot-light: The tremendous amount of fuel the culinary transformation is providing for the entire metamorphosis happening to Charlotte's community and culture. 


2.  Art.  I've been reading about Charlotte's confusing art scene since I originally came here in 2008. Where is the arts district? Should it be in South End? Should it be in NoDa? What about Plaza? Oh, galleries are going in the new Gold District too? We seem to be creating our own  struggle to cultivate the right creative identity for the city. 

Spot-light: What if the greatest solution is to not have an art district at all?   

Take a peek at the progress of The Ruminate Collection


3. Community and establishing a cooperative culture where all groups CHOOSE to work together.  There is something so beautiful about how the chefs I am working with have come together and are working together to promote, support and sustain each other, local farms, ranches, local businesses and organizations.   

Spotlight: These philosophies can be integrated into so many different industries.  I hope The Ruminate Project can be part of the ripple effect.


4. Creativity has no boundaries. One of my biggest objectives in my life, beyond #RuminateCLT, is to use my art as a tool and as a platform to evolve the way that we encourage creative expression. 

Lead and empower individuals to stay focused on understanding their passions, and on eliminating the fears and boundaries. That is how we discover our ability to accept that the talents in which, each possess, are important to the world and should be offered and put out into the world.   

Spotlight: We must begin to massively support creativity that goes beyond the traditional arts. 


5. Creative Collaboration with Post-It Goats.   A small scale example of what #RuminateCLT is all about and a chance for EVERYONE to get involved.  


Click here to participate and support The Ruminate Project


I cannot me more thrilled and appreciative for the good vibes and encouragement I have been getting from everyone on this project. Discovering that there are people out there that resonate with what #RuminateCLT represents is incredible to find! 


Exclusive Prints Available For Purchase

Happy Weekend!!!

I'm super excited to announce that giclee prints of "Stone Eggs" and "CHICKEN LIVER" are now available for purchase.   Prints of "CHICKEN LIVER" are only available for a very limited time.  The giclee prints will be on Somerset Velvet paper, they will be crisp, bright and will be archival for up to 90 years.

CHICKEN LIVER orders must be submitted before * 8am on Monday, June 29, 2015 *

Stone Eggs will remain available beyond that deadline





1. Choose the title and sizes you would like to purchase. 

2. Fill in and submit the information in the form below (I only need the SHIPPING ADDRESS, I will not be taking credit card/billing information)

3. This info will be directed to me and with the email you have provided I will send an invoice through Square and there you will process a secure credit card transaction for the prints. *Discounts will be applied with invoice*

4. You will receive shipment confirmation from me once the prints have been shipped. 

5. Wait patiently for the prints to arrive at your door!!


Until I have my online shop up and running, I hope for this to be a simple solution.  Email me if you have any issues, questions or inquiries on purchasing original art, prints or commissions


Stay tuned more updates coming soon on The Ruminate Project!! 

Cece Stronach 

Twitter: @cecestronach

IG: @cecestronach


About "CHICKEN LIVER" and the ruminate Series

"CHICKEN LIVER" (Work in progress) is the first in my "Ruminate" series which feature both food and drink of the up and coming food scene in Charlotte and their creators.  


I had an overwhelming amount of motivation to paint this beautiful plate after corresponding with the creator Matthew Krenz. Heis the Chef of Cuisine at The Asbury in the Dunhill Hotel and ranch manager at Krenz Ranch in Marshville, NC.  I was exposed to his passion as a chef and got a peek at the preparation and ingenuity that goes into each of these plates. I have a good laugh everytime introduce the painting as "CHICKEN LIVER" because they hardly recognize that it is food, let alone that it is a dish is originally composed of chicken liver, oat cracker, nasturtium, poached quail egg, fennel and chickweed.   

This project has already transformed into something I never expected and has become my most important piece of work thus far.  Since I have crazy food allergies I am not able to join in on the foodie scene full force in the way I wish to.  I felt like this series could be one of the greatest ways for me to connect, appreciate and explore the work that these chefs, baristas and mixologists are pouring themselves into day in and day out.

Working on "CHICKEN LIVER"  allowed me to spend hours reflecting, discovering and exploring the limitlessness of my own creativity, but I became fascinated thinking about the uniqueness of each of our individual expressions. We each have our own time and process to craft our lives.   Whether your passion goes on a plate, in a coffee mug, onto a canvas, into a song, onto paper, organizing an event,  developing a new app, drafting business plan or simple tweeting a joke, you are creating. You are creating your life.  Hopefully you are doing so in the best way possible.

As flattering as it has been to hear people tell me “I wish I could paint like that, I can hardly manage a stick figure”, I wish for my art to spark some sort of self recognition for the viewer.  To spark a realization that generating a laugh which dissipates in a matter of seconds or carefully preparing and replicating the same plate over and over only to be devoured in matter of minutes, can create a moment that is more powerful than some medium on big canvas that could outlive us all!   

Because making things disappear can be just as magical as making them appear.   

I completely support Charlotte art community, but my hope for this series is show the importance of crossing unusual paths and ignoring boundaries so that we can build a stronger sense of community and connectedness here in Charlotte.  This will be the first completion of my series titled "Ruminate". Ruminate is a digestive function of a certain group of mammals, like cows, similiar to regurgitation when food hits the stomach but then returns to their mouth for more chewing.  Ruminate is also a term of psychology used to define the obsessive, contemplation we humans go through everyday ie: "chewing the cud".  The second and third paintings will be a nod to beverages and their creators.   (If you have any great cocktails/mixologist, beer/brewers or barista/coffee suggestions, please share!!!!)

 I hope that you will join in on my excitement and follow me on IG/Twitter @cecestronach, like my facebook page and subscribe to my newsletter for updates on this series and some other upcoming events I will be participating in!