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


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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