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.

JUNE-JULY 2020 @ MORGANTON CITY HALL

June and July - Tonja Smith – Painting

Tonja finds wonder and awe in her life and strives to capture many of those moments with photographs as reference to retell the story with acrylic paints on canvas. She finds much of her recent inspiration from travels to New York City and the people who cross her path there. You will often see Bleecker, her black shepherd, make appearance in her paintings.

Morganton City Hall is currently closed to the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can view photos of Tonja's work online, here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityofmorgantonnc/albums/72157714588405182/with/49973348748/

If you would like to purchase a painting, contact Tonja at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 828-391-0562.

Be sure to keep up with updates on our website at https://www.morgantonnc.gov/index.php/government/city-manager/public-information-office/newsroom for an announcement on when City Hall will reopen to the public.

February and March - TOSS – Los Mayas de Morganton

Celebrate the contributions and achievements of the Guatemalan population in Morganton through art. Workshops for all ages will be held on February 20th and March 19th. Sign up for workshops by calling the Morganton Burke County Public Library 828-764-9274.

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April and May - Cindy Douglass – Mixed Media

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Cindy uses mixed media of acrylic with clay pinwheels and copper accents which represent the currents behind her dreams, while her two dimensional Adventure Series paintings showcase small bits of remembered dreams. The Adventure Series is formalized into old school travel posters proclaiming the pleasures of travel and extreme sports.

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June and July - Tonja Smith – Painting

Tonja finds wonder and awe in her life and strives to capture many of those moments with photographs as reference to retell the story with acrylic paints on canvas. She finds much of her recent inspiration from travels to New York City and the people who cross her path there. You will often see Bleecker, her black shepherd, make appearance in her paintings.

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August and September - Thomas Kelly Pauley – American Revolution Portrait Painting

After studying fine art, music, history and graphic design at West Virginia State University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and working in his own business, in local government and in the corporate world in Charlotte NC, Thomas Kelly Pauley now works full time as a portrait artist from his home studio in York, South Carolina. His work ranges from the historic to contemporary, and the occasional fantasy portrait. He has worked with clients and history groups to produce a substantial body of commissioned work including Civil War and Revolutionary War portraits that may be found in private collections and at Historic Sites and Museums in eight states.

Third Thursday Art Crawl Reception September 17, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Morganton City Hall.

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October and November - Tim Ambrose - Photography

Photography is a personal experience for Tim. For more than 40 years the art of photography has allowed him to capture the way he looks at the world and share that perspective with others. Photography has been a way for him to capture a moment in history that will never be seen again. The camera serves as a tool to allow Tim to share the subject, light, vantage point, perspective and sometimes the same feeling that caused him to stop for a moment to capture an image that will never be created again. He is constantly working to see the environment from a different perspective. Tim says he is pleased and quite honored when others take some pleasure in seeing the world through his eyes.

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December and January 2021 - Jenna Bailey – Mixed Media

Jenna graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2009 with a BFA in Art Education and has taught high school art for 11 years in Wilkes and Caldwell counties. She enjoys working in a variety of mediums, and focuses mainly on watercolor, oil, encaustic, printmaking, and ceramics. Her work usually deals with imagery of graceful female portraits and natural elements, creating tranquil moods through the use of soft, muted colors, radiating patterns, and layered imagery.

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February and March - Casey and Tom Kilgore - Paintings

Casey and Tom, residents of Morganton, have been creating and painting interior and exterior murals and canvasses for over 18 years for homes, churches, schools, hospitals and retail businesses throughout North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region.  Both are self-taught and grateful for this God-given gift that has enabled them to work together.  Casey paints many subjects but enjoys animal portraits while Tom gravitates toward landscapes and subjects from many trips to Africa.  Both work primarily in acrylic latex with occasional forays into watercolor.

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April and May - “Ruckus”- Various Artists - Mixed Media

Third Thursday Art Crawl – Reception May 16, 5pm-7:30pm

It starts with a little clamber, a little hubbub, a surprised exclamation, a growing crowd. As people gather, this is not a protest or a nuisance but an exciting gathering, a celebration of color, of movement, of shape and form. Kyle Buttram, Jenna Hernandez, Susan McRae, Kirksey Lowther, Kathryn Ervin, and Hannah Thrower are inspired by the ideas of how art in Morganton can change and shape the town. They are excited about the progression toward art that will stir the emotions and pique the senses. It is their hope that their artwork will raise a little ruckus. These artists are all local to Morganton and are eager to share their new work that will include painting, weaving, printmaking, and textiles.  These artists are generously supporting TOSS, a local children's art studio, with 30% of the sales of their work.

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June and July - Unifour Artists - Paintings

Third Thursday Art Crawl – Reception July 18, 5pm-7:30pm

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. Visit their website for more information: www.uni4artists.org

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August and September - Lee Keller - Paintings

Third Thursday Art Crawl – Reception September 19, 5pm-7:30pm

Lee Haigler Keller, native of Morganton, studied Fine Art at Western Piedmont Community College, then Fine Art and Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  After 17 years working in the Occupational Therapy field, in 2015, she combined her love of art, animals and nature into her dream job.  Her commissioned dog portraits are very popular and are collected worldwide.  Canvas prints of her animal art can be found in major retailers including At Home Stores, Pier 1, Home Goods and TJ Maxx.  Lee states, “The goal of my art is to brighten a room, bring some smiles and honor the beauty, innocence, and best of all, humor in all of God’s creations”.

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October and November - Moni Hill - Paintings

Moni Hill's paintings are an homage to the biodiversity of WNC. When she walks into the forests and all of her senses come to life: she sees warblers- the migrating jewels from the tropics; she sees brook trout in the clear mountains streams that she crosses on her hikes; she hears wind blowing through the leaves of the many species of oaks; she smells the sweet decay of our forests; she feels the soft mosses and ferns growing at her feet; she feels protected and small and insignificant. Moni hopes that her paintings encourage viewers to become a little more aware and fall a little more in love with the natural world that sustains and inspires us.

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December and January 2020 - Pat Flachbart - Paintings

Exploration and experimentation are the guiding forces in Pat’s life and work.  Her journey through life has taken her from St. Louis, Missouri to Paris, France, to Monterey County and the Sierra Foothills of California, and all the way to Hickory, NC.  Pat explores and experiments with oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, and her exquisite handmade paper.  Pat describes herself as a “hands-in and hands-on” artist.  Moving to North Carolina has provided a backdrop of the Western Carolina Mountains and the country roads of the Piedmont.  This environment lends itself to new attitudes and expressions in her work. Her work reflects her travels, home, love of nature and her interests in expression and experimentation.  She continuously attempts to step into the unknown and test new and innovating methods and materials – testing her patience and challenging what’s conventional.  Pat is proud to say “she paints outside the lines.”

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