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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.”