Art In The Hall

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Art In The Hall is a juried program offering a public space for people and groups to display their artwork and exhibits. Art In The Hall also enhances the experience of visitors coming to City Hall. Exhibits are routinely shown on both floors of the lobby.

February - March 2017 @ Morganton City Hall

Artist Reception: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at City Hall

Katy Clune’s photographs depict an immigrant community in Morganton, including the family of Toon Phapphayboun, who escaped Laos by swimming across the Mekong River at age 14. This collection explores three realms essential to the Phapphaybouns’ identity in North Carolina: their home and holiday traditions; the family restaurant; and the Buddhist temple they helped to establish. The photos are part of Clune's larger project, “Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina”.

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This exhibit was organized by the Center for the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill and is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of American Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the “Food For All: Local and Global Perspectives” steering committee at UNC Chapel Hill.

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January and February - “'Plexing Patchwork” – Peggy B. Berley

Peggy resides in Newberry, SC where she primarily focuses on decorative and utilitarian quilting.  Having tried other art and craft mediums, Peggy always comes back to quilting where she finds the most satisfaction.  Peggy has been sewing for 65 years and quilting for more than 30.  Whether by hand or machine, in her sewing room, riding in the car or just thinking through one of her many ongoing projects, she has a project or two or three continuously in the making.  

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March and April - “Quilts for a Lifetime” – Suzanne McMahon

Suzanne is a teacher and artist who resides in Morganton, NC. She has been sewing unique and custom quilts using batik fabrics in a variety of styles including tropical, modern, festive, traditional, funk, and folk. Her musings began 28 years ago when she saved scraps and made quilts for her family. She enjoys mixing colors based on inspirations from different travels and adventures. It gives her great joy to create something original and unique with a certain person in mind who will treasure a quilt made with love for a lifetime.

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May and June - “Folk and Americana Art” – Charlie Frye

Charlie Frye’s work looks at life in the Blue Ridge and the animals and people that make it interesting.  Charlie works out of his studio in downtown Lenoir, NC.  You may have seen his work at Root in Vine in Morganton or featured on UNCTV.   He has also been commissioned for the 2016 Red, White and Bluegrass art.

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July and August - "Character and Expression" – Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon was born in Asheville and now resides in the high country of North Carolina.  Having had a successful career in retail and advertising, he now is a realtor, and focuses on his art.   His work has been seen internationally in book illustrations, newspaper, and magazine cartoons.  One of his paintings was used for the cover of Carolina Mountain Life in July-Aug 2014.  His media is mixed with a combination of watercolor, pen and ink. Alan looks at the world with a great deal of whimsy. He focuses on figurative images with depth of character and expression.

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September and October - “Light and its Interruption” – Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks grew up in Georgia as a child spending much time outside.  This continued after moving to North Carolina and going to school in Virginia. He always felt happier wandering through a field or forest.  He states “Many think I paint trees because I have a particular affinity for trees. I like trees, but this series is really about light and its interruption. The tree becomes a tool to slice up the space in the composition.  I want the viewer to experience the painting in a way like I have, watching the sunrise through the forest.  Recently, I have started to paint images of rocks and water.  Again, I see this as an opportunity to explore light, reflection, and space. “

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November and December, January 2017 - “450th Anniversary of Juan Pardo Expeditions” – Exploring Joara Foundation

Celebrate with a display of Spanish and Native American Burke County history that archaeologists, scientists and volunteers have uncovered at the 16th century Spanish Fort of San Juan and Native American village of Joara just outside of Morganton North Carolina.  This exhibit tells the story of the first European colony in North Carolina and will also preview the events planned to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the founding of Fort San Juan that occurred in January, 1567.

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January and February - "All Curled Up" - Beth Oczkowski
Award winning artist Beth Oczkowski became passionate with the ancient art of paper filigree since learning it in the mid-eighties. The art, also known as quilling, is created using different widths of paper torn in various lengths, then rolled, glued, shaped and joined together to create beautiful works of art. Making both two and three dimensional work she enjoys the detail and patience that this art demands. She resides in Hickory, NC and is a long-time member of the North American Quilling Guild.

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March and April - "Landscapes and Portraits" - Renee Whisnant
Landscapes and portraits in oil paints and from life in a classical style. Renee was raised in Morganton, NC by Quteen and Randy Whisnant. She started studying art with Frances Hairfield at the age of sixteen. After receiving her associate degree in art at Western Piedmont Community College, of Morganton she relocated to Asheville, to study art with Ben Long (CoMMA fresco painter) and his associates, where she now resides.

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May and June - "Whimsical Folk Art" - John David Brown III
John David Brown III is an artist , graphic designer and Creative Director for The Green Room Community Threatre in Newton, NC . This exhibit of primarily watercolor and acrylic folk art paintings are done in a whimsical, storybook style on anything from canvases to old discarded boards. The artist now resides in Hickory, NC but grew up in Mount Olive, NC and comes from a line of painters.

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July and August - "Water Color Society of North Carolina"
The Water Color Society of North Carolina Western Region will show their paintings by a representative group of artists. The Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Inc. (WSNC) is a non-profit art organization; its purpose is to promote watercolor throughout the state and to elevate the standards of excellence in this medium.

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September and October - "Downtown Yesteryear" - Picture Burke
This exhibit will display photographs of the streets and businesses of Morganton's downtown through the years. While some things come and go, the charm of our town remains as a heritage of those who built it.

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November and December - "Paint, Pen, and Pastel" - Edgewood Cottage Artists
Area Artists who first got together as 2014 Artists-in-Residence at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock will exhibit landscapes and figures in a rich variety of styles and media.

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