North Carolina Folk Art Society Meets at Hickory Museum of Art

Public invited to participate in folk art tours, lively talks and music

Hickory, NC – The North Carolina Folk Art Society (NCFAS) invites the community to participate in its upcoming quarterly meeting 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), on the SALT Block, 243 Third Ave., N.E., Hickory. Founded in Hickory back in 1988, NCFAS seeks to educate and share information regarding all types of Southern traditional and contemporary folk art, including but not limited to pottery, paintings, woodworking and sculpture. The Society hosts all-day Saturday quarterly meetings throughout North Carolina and other southeastern states. 

The NCFAS public agenda Jan. 28 starts with a business meeting at 12:30 p.m. in Moretz Boardroom, after which curator Grey Carter will lead a talk and tour of HMA’s temporary exhibition Innocent & Ethereal: The Visionary World of Paul Lancaster at 1 p.m. Lancaster is a self-taught visionary artist, whose dreamlike landscapes and figures radiate an innocence rarely found in the real world.

The public is also invited to attend a talk by folk artist and musician Michael Fox at 2 p.m. in Moretz Boardroom. Fox will talk about sculptures, history and objects of “Appalachian Folks,” and will play music on the dulcijo, an instrument of his own invention described as a cross between a banjo and a dulcimer.

Starting at 3 p.m., local folk art collectors Allen and Barry Huffman will lead a tour of HMA’s permanent exhibition Discover Folk Art, an interactive and immersive introduction to the world of Southern contemporary folk art that comprises more than 250 objects throughout the Museum’s entire third floor. The tour will also include time to view a new exhibition in HMA’s Objects Gallery Solitude & Mystery: John Julius Wilnoty, which includes 25 works in carved stone and mixed media from the collection of Lambert Wilson, a major collector of Cherokee artwork.

At 4 p.m., local artist Joe Lafone will talk about folk artist and woodcarver Carl Neal Lyerly in Moretz Boardroom. Examples of Lyerly’s wood carvings will also be on display during this portion of the meeting.

Following the tour, participants will have the opportunity to purchase exhibited works by Lancaster, as well as other work by North Carolina folk artists featured in the Museum’s store, shop HMA. Folk art catalogs will also be for sale, in addition to a recent book by Barry Huffman, Hand in Hand, which features a selection of North Carolina Folk Artists.


For more information about NCFAS and becoming a member, visit online at