#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! 


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!