NC Local Artist Spotlight: Clina Polloni

Artist Clina Polloni, originally from Chile, is based in North Carolina. Source: Donna Campbell Smith
Artist Clina Polloni, originally from Chile, is based in North Carolina. Source: Donna Campbell Smith

By Donna Campbell Smith

Clina Polloni is a contemporary artist born and raised in Chile. Her colorful oil paintings are inspired by her love for people, animals and nature, expressing her art through the canvas in oil painting.

Clina is currently working on a project she calls. “The motif of the human figure in a dialogue with natures light and colors.” In these new paintings she is portraying the people of North Carolina in their environment and activities, representing a time and history of our State.

When asked what her art means to her Clina said, “I am a descendant of Italian artists; for generations, art has been our passion! We promote the Arts in the community and participate in arts events. Since I was a little girl I started painting at my great-grandfather’s studio. I live for the arts. It is the creative energy that I wake up for every morning. A new painting, a new inspiration. Telling a story in a painting is like a book of bright colors and happiness.”

Her colorful oil paintings are inspired by her love for people, animals and nature, expressing her art through the canvas in oil painting. Clina enjoys impressionism as well as realism and has developed her own unique style, portraying the people of this land, surrounded by spectacular blues of the skies as well as a rainbow of bright colors. Clina’s art has been exhibited in many places, including the North Carolina State Capital.

Clina Polloni and her husband, Thomas Allen, in 2016 when she received her US citizenship. Source: Donna Campbell Smith
Clina Polloni and her husband, Thomas Allen, in 2016 when she received her US citizenship. Source: Donna Campbell Smith

 

Clina’s list of achievements is impressive.  In 2005, she won “The Pride of Our Community Award.” Each year, Univision 40 gives this award to someone that they believe is an example of excellence and perseverance in the Hispanic Community.

In 2008 she received the Latin American Women’s Excellence Award.” This award is presented by The Mental Health Association in North Carolina and The Latin American Women’s Club (LAWC) to recognize and support the efforts and talents of the Latin women, who with leadership and optimism work for the well-being of their community.

In 2010, Clina Polloni exhibited at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh and the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville, North Carolina. These exhibitions were presented by the North Carolina Historic Sites.

On September 6, 2014 she donated her painting “9/11 Children Painting” to The US Military Veterans Foundation. The painting was used to raise almost $6,000 for a family in need. The painting was displayed at a total of eleven events and all day at Raleigh Country Club Army VS Navy Golf Tournament.

Clina was named 2017 Artist of the Year by the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) for her outstanding contribution to the organization.

In addition to her painting Clina teaches art classes. She says, “Teaching is something that fascinates me. To be able to transfer all this knowledge of art and to see the joy of the students admiring their work. When teaching, I like to talk to the student, learn what is inside their feelings, what they want to express in a painting.” She teaches at her home studio at Marigold Plantation on 13 Garner Road, Franklinton NC. Visit her website at www.clinapolloni.com to learn more about Clina’s art and how to join her classes.

 

Clina is offering free acrylic and oil painting classes for FCAC members ONLY at FCAC headquarters, 22 S. Main St., Franklinton, on the second Saturday of the month through 2018. Each month Clina will teach a simple painting that is easy to learn designed especially for the class.  Painting of the month and the list of supplies will be announced each month in the Newsletter. You can also bring a painting that you have already started and your supplies.  You and Clina can paint it together: Not a member, no problem, join FCAC online, membership application online, or email us at fcac.arts@fcacarts.org, or you can click here to download a printable application form, mail to FCAC, P.O. Box 758, Louisburg, NC 27549.

 

"Weaving The Yarn at Tar River NC" by Clina Polloni.
“Weaving The Yarn at Tar River NC” by Clina Polloni.

 

About Donna Campbell Smith 59 Articles
Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009. All her books are available at Amazon.com or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at www.donnacampbellsmith.com.