Now on display through May at Morganton City Hall: “Constructing America” by Derrick Chalfant, featured artist for Art in the Hall.

Chalfant believes art is conceived through inspiration and born in the imagination. He is an untrained artist and identifies himself as a “Primitive Modernist.”

“When I paint, I am fascinated by how simple application of color to the canvas can transform the visual dynamic of a piece, bringing it to life. I am inspired by the colors and imagery that I see in everyday life, others' paintings, music and performance,” Chalfant said.

Chalfant currently lives and displays his work in Hickory, North Carolina. The inspiration for “Constructing America” came from Chalfant’s passion of working with his hands. He apprenticed with a master plumber in Columbus, Ohio, from the age of 22 to 24. Chalfant also worked in and around other trades with his extended family, including concrete, masonry, roofing and hardwood flooring.

“This exposure to various trades activated a gift and passion within to learn all that I could,” Chalfant said. “With an increased focus on technology, it is my concern that the next generation will miss out on the value and significance of the trades.”

Stop by Morganton City Hall, located at 305 E. Union St. in downtown Morganton, to view and enjoy Chalfant’s work in person.

“My desire with this series is to give the due respect to the tradesmen whose skill, craft and hard work built the schools, homes, hospitals, markets, and nursing homes in the towns and cities all across America,” Chalfant said. “I believe an honest day's work builds character and coming home with a sore back at the end of the day somehow keeps things in perspective.”

You can meet Chalfant in person at City Hall during the Third Thursday Art Crawl, May 17, between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.

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