Bless all of our hearts. When did we all lose ourselves and become hateful, angry, argumentative people with no respect...

Exhibition to feature Mexican-American artist

1 of 3

Artist Cornelio Campos is shown with his work, 'The Struggle.'


Adams Publishing Group

Monday, April 29, 2019

TARBORO — The spring exhibition in the gallery at the historic Blount-Bridgers House will feature the work of a Mexican-American artist whose work illustrates some of the harsh realities of immigrating to America.

The collection of recent studio works by Cornelio Campos will be on display at the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery at the house through May 30. A reception will take place in the gallery from 6-7:30 p.m. on May 2 sponsored by Edgecombe Arts.

Campos is a self-taught artist based in Durham. He immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico as a teenager — a journey and process that influences many of his paintings. Vibrant colors, iconic American symbols and intricate geometric patterns define Campos’s work.

Through his paintings, he illustrates some of the harsh realities of immigrating to America. Moreover, he highlights deep-seated political issues that contribute to Mexican immigration, including implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

As an artist with no formal training, Campos’s paintings exemplify techniques that he learned through observation and often defy traditional color schemes. His paintings contain therapeutic, controversial and enlightening elements that make them both unique and unforgettable.

“My paintings are inspired by the nostalgia I have for my hometown of Cherán, Mexico, my family and the customs that I grew up with,” he said. “I also see my paintings as a tool for sharing my indigenous background and for offering a teaching lesson to people here in the United States.

“I try to use my paintings as tools for education and ways to start conversation that will let others think and then do their own investigating.”

Campos focuses on three main themes: political issues, Mexican folklore — with an emphasis on the culture of Michoacán — and anthropological symbols of Mexican ethnic groups.

The indigenous group to which Campos belongs are the Tarascos in Mexico, the only group that the Aztecs had no sovereignty over, even though they were geographically close. Campos uses this group as a source of inspiration and introspection because he is returning to his roots.

He also communicates the realities of immigration in his paintings. Campos said his paintings capture his own experience and his struggles while crossing the border — consequently, they allow people who have been through similar experiences to relate to his journey.

Through these themes, he addresses the issues faced by people from Central and South America — the lingering cultural significance of Spanish colonization and the experience of creating a life in a new country.

Campos describes this work as a narrative — a free expression of what he thinks about, a way to respond to what is happening in society in general and the status of immigration in the U.S. He said he enjoys starting conversations with his art, which in return motivates him.

His paintings have been shown in  galleries and exhibitions including at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.C. State University and the Museum of American Indian Art.

The Blount-Briders House, 130 Bridgers St., is a Federal-style, circa 1808 plantation house built by Thomas Blount, a prominent Edgecombe County businessman and U.S. congressman. In 1979, the house was adaptively restored and turned into a museum.

The first floor is home to a collection of 19th century furniture, furnishings and Edgecombe County memorabilia. Visitors can learn about the history of the town, county and the house itself.

The second floor houses the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery, which holds works of Edgecombe County’s premier artist (1899-1972) as well as exhibits from local, regional, national and international artists.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at other times by appointment by calling 252-823-4159.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


July 17, 2019

For the last five months Winterville has been home to a new restaurant that has been gaining a steady and devoted foodie fan base.

Main and Mill Oyster Bar and Tavern has taken over the old Wimpies building at 204 W. Main St. The same layout has been retained with welcoming, warm, and wide open…

Raw Oysters (1).jpg

July 17, 2019

Q Help me understand the recent news about diet soda and stroke risk. CK, Greenville

A I got lots of questions about the news headlines that screamed “drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks!” There often is a difference between the…

Kolasa, Kathy

July 17, 2019

Whether you plan on hiking, visiting the beach or partaking in any other outdoor activity this summer, knowing what to do and being prepared in case of an emergency can help save a life.

Approximately 40 percent of trauma-related deaths worldwide can be attributed to bleeding or its consequences.…


July 14, 2019

When I was in college, I had a friend who bragged he could remember every meal he ever ate.

Rob used to regale us with tales of meals past, from the first time he ever tried a club sandwich (“Double the sandwich goodness! Sheer genius!) to his unfortunate encounters with his grandma’s…


July 14, 2019

I recently passed an important milestone on the fascinating journey of growing older: being told it was time for cataract surgery.

For 35 years, I’ve worn progressive, no-line bifocals with transition lenses that darken and lighten automatically. One pair of glasses for both reading and…

Bob Garner.jpg

July 10, 2019

Cd’s Grill has celebrated its one-year anniversary and updated its menu and hours just in time for summer. If you’re seeking comfort food in all its forms with a welcoming atmosphere, then Cd’s should be your next food stop.

The restaurant is located at 111 W. Fire Tower Road,…


July 10, 2019

Q What causes slow metabolism? How do you know when you have it? What foods should you avoid or what should I be sure to eat? Big Daddy, Winterville.

A If you Google slow metabolism you will get all kinds of diet information — much of it is inaccurate. Katayoon D., a second-year Brody student…

Kolasa, Kathy

July 07, 2019

Who knows why, but I’ve been reflecting about apologizing lately.

Actually, I know only too well why this subject has been on my mind. Of all the people I could name who have constant reason to say “I’m sorry,” I hold a commanding lead in my own personal polling. I’m…

Bob Garner.jpg

July 03, 2019

Asthma is a common condition among children, especially in Pitt County. Here, 15 percent of school students are diagnosed with asthma, a higher rate than the state average.

Asthma can be a vexing condition for children. It’s caused by swelling of the airways that can lead to coughing,…


July 03, 2019

Q I lost 40 pounds over the last year by watching what I eat, and walking and I feel great. I still have a way to go to be at a healthy weight. We are headed to a family reunion for a week and I am scared to death that I am going to blow it all. What advice do you have? By the way I was surprised…

Kolasa, Kathy
181 stories in Look. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 19
        Next Page»   Last Page»