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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December and January 2018 - Jeanne Schlumbohm & Tamara Houser
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.
Photography has been a long time passionate hobby of Tamara. Living in Alaska for over 20 years, she had the opportunity to assist a very experienced photographer with outdoor weddings and events. The interest in outdoor photography grew after she got a Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveled not just Alaska, but Canada and the US on long trips for many years. She has always been drawn to the little things in everyday life that most people simply don't notice....water droplets hanging from trees, petals on a flower or the way light makes magic happen.