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 and March - “Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton” – Katy Clune

Reception - Feb. 6, 5:00pm-6:30pm at City Hall

Clune’s photography and writing depicts an immigrant community in Morganton, including the family of Toon Phapphayboun, who escaped Laos by swimming across the Mekong River at age 14. The 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.  

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April and May - “Inspired” - Foothills Painters

Reception – Tour d’Art Downtown – April 27, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

They are more than their name suggests! Together they explore new ideas, share new techniques, and encourage artistic development to broaden their horizons. With a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and skills they come together to express themselves through art. Foothills Painters is a diverse group of artists that formed in 2002; they gather once a month to share their latest works, participate in critiques, and plan events. Foothills’ members work in a broad range of styles from realistic to impressionistic, abstract and expressionistic. The City Hall exhibit will be an exciting mixture of works that represent their diverse membership.

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June and July - Uni4 Artists

Reception – Tour d’Art Downtown – June 22, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Uni4Artists Association is a membership based group for supporters and artists in all mediums in the visual/graphic arts, with this purpose: To encourage and promote visual artists of the Unifour area and enhance the quality of life for everybody in the community through the arts. Uni4Artists meetings are evenings at the Hickory Museum of Art.

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August and September - "Melody in the heART" by Natalia Leigh

Reception – Tour d’Art Downtown – August 24, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Natalia was born and raised in Europe. As a young girl she displayed great talent for Art. She graduated from Art College in Europe. Her skills as an artist increased as the years went by and as she used her imagination and love for nature to capture the distinct details by which her paintings became a household name. Natalia arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, United States in 2005 for a chance to better herself where she painted illustrations for children's books for private customers. In 2012, she relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina and began to display her paintings in several online Art contests and in local art museums and galleries. Natalia currently works as a nurse and continues to paint in her spare time.

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October and November - Kathi Yarnall

Reception – Tour d’Art Downtown – October 19, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Kathi Yarnall is from Pennsylvania, where she has worked as a fine artist, HS art teacher, and graphic designer. After retiring from teaching, she was selected to create and operate her own business as a museum gift shop in Eagles Mere. Since moving to the South Mountains in 2013, she has become an active member of the Catawba Valley art community, working primarily in watercolor and acrylics with a wide variety of subject matter and painting techniques...whatever catches her eye or imagination.

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December and January 2018 - Jeanne Schlumbohm

Ever since Jeanne was a child growing up in Pennsylvania, and able to grasp a crayon, she wanted to draw. Much to her parent's and teacher's dismay, it took precedence over her school work. Her Mother understood, she was an artist too and a great influence and encouragement to continue her art. Jeanne is mainly self taught and works in various mediums; with her favorite medium being Graphite, allowing her to capture as much detail as possible. Her favorite subject matters are nature and portraits.

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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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