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October Issue 2003

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Features Two Exhibitions for Oct., 2003

The October exhibit at the Caldwell Arts Council Gallery will feature works by the Piedmont Painters and selections from Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Permanent Collection. The exhibits will be on view through Oct. 24, 2003.

The Piedmont Painters Associations was formed in the summer of 1984. Many of the artists were students of Jean Pollock, others were individuals who had been painting for many years in various mediums. These artists gather together once a month, in members' homes to share conversation along with commentary on each other's work. The group continues to be a support system and source of constructive critique for the artists. Each artist strives to bring forth better work each month. Group members are involved in art workshops, painting and drawing classes, gallery and field trips and individual forms of study.

Group members are from different backgrounds, but believe these differences add to, rather than detract from, their effectiveness as an organization. Their common bond is their love for and dedication to excellence in art.

The other exhibition features works from the Permanent Collection of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The Collection was established with the belief that the arts play a vital role in experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture, and it supports the teaching mission of the university by acquiring, documenting, preserving and exhibiting significant works of art.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is the caretaker of this wonderful and eccentric collection of art. The Collection embodies approximately 700 pieces of work which are located all over the entire University Campus. The majority of the collection includes mostly two dimensional work and a beautiful grouping of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Collection and Loan Program. The collection began in 1978 with the purchase of artwork from Appalachian Drawing Collection and has continued to grow through purchases from the Charlotte Halpert Biennial Competition as well as major gifts from Artine Artinian's "Music in Art" Collection, Dr. Polson, Dr. Peggy Polson Collection, David and Kay Decherd's "John Doyle Collection" and other major donors.

The Permanent Collection makes works of aesthetic and historic significance accessible through an extensive exhibition and loan program that places art work in public spaces across the University; places work on loan with other institutions or organizations; provides the basis for an extended exhibition program in the University's galleries and museums; and establishes the University as active center for research in the visual arts. For this exhibit, the University has selected a very compelling and representative sampling of pieces form the permanent collection.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or online at (www.conninc.com/caldart/).

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