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March 2011

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Features Group Exhibition

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, will present the exhibit, Rural Reflections, featuring works by Darron R. Silva (Granite Falls, NC), Pete Lupo (Lenoir, NC), Nelson Brookshire (Lenoir, NC), and Walter Stanford (Kannapolis, NC), on view from Mar. 2 - 30, 2012. A reception will be held on Mar. 2, from 5-7:30pm, hosted by the Caldwell County Association of Educational Office Professionals (CCAEOP).

Photographer Darron R. Silva will present his “Rodeo” series of photographs, and says “My love of photographing rodeos began on a summer night in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1996. Cowboys, once prominent in America, are slowly disappearing along with the small farms that bred them. Documenting the local culture of rodeo is my way of helping preserve a vanishing piece of Americana.”

Wood sculptor Pete Lupo has been sculpting since 1983, and brings an intimate knowledge of wildlife, their habitat and their interaction with mankind. He carves wildlife and manmade objects in a realistic style. Each component of a composition is carved entirely out of wood, then copper or brass sheets are hand cut and shaped into flowers, leaves or grasses. He completes the process by applying multiple thin washes of acrylic paint to bring the piece to life.

Nelson Brookshire says “I consider myself to be a ‘sporadic folk artist’ because I only create when inspiration finds me. Although some may find using small tubes of rolled magazine paper to create a work of folk art to be tedious and/or “quirky”, it can be both challenging and relaxing as the same time. The pieces exhibited typically take at least 100 hours to complete. I do not know if my use of rolled paper as an art medium is unique, but I’ve never encountered another artist using this technique as I do. Since I began exhibiting my rolled paper art in 1998, I have won awards in local, regional and national exhibits. If you look closely, you may find a ‘hidden’ surprise somewhere in each piece.”

Walter Stanford, will present his “Century Farms” series of pastels and acrylic paintings. He is a versatile, award winning pastel painter. He enjoys landscapes, farm life and fantasy as his subjects and has exhibited in numerous venues across the state.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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


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