Blog post index (the 30 most recent posts)
Ben Long grew up in Statesville, NC; and although he is by now a muralist and portraitist of world-wide renown, Long currently divides his time between Italy and Asheville, NC, saying that Asheville "just feels good."
When discussing Singleton's work, "I would always tell him 'Forget the label self-trained, outsider or whatever,' " artist Willie Birch said. "He was a great artist and at some point in his life his work would be recognized as great art."
As I’ve mulled over what to say about the execution of Reflections II, I’ve found myself learning things about my working process of which I was previously only marginally aware. So it’s been an interesting exercise.
“[My] work is informed by the needlework traditions of southern women since North Carolina was settled. … It bows to the traditions of abstraction, while also striving to clearly represent the depth of my experience of nature.”
This undated oil is one of the works featured in the new HMA show (January 13 - March 11, 2018) "Playing with Light: Reflections from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection." Its painter, Samuel Colman, was a successful 19th century Hudson River School artist. He (read more).
On November 18th, 2017, at the conclusion of a day of "Light up the Season" pre-holiday events, Evelyn De Morgan's oil painting The Undiscovered Country was unveiled for HMA dignitaries and visitors. The work will be displayed at HMA throughout 2018. (read more)
" You're looking for a fantastic movement or a fantastic shape that comes in the piece, and that's the whole power to the piece. You want it to explode out when the viewer sees it or you want it to be calm, but yet you still want a powerful presence in the piece, so that it dominates or takes off." (Read more here.)
Between September 16, 2007 and February 25, 2018, HMA's exhibition Endangered: a Joel Sartore Retrospective will showcase Sartore's environmental passion with an installation of fifty-five gorgeous examples of his animal photography. This artwork illustrates both the beauty and the tragedy of animal species threatened by extinction. (More here)
Mickey McKinney Whitener Coe with Dipsey Doodle. The dog's name references two of Paul's & Mickey's favorite activities: the Dipsy Doodle was a popular song and dance in the late 1930s, and it is also a move in football. Of course, they also founded (Paul) and grew (Mickey) an art museum. (More here.)
At HMA's Annual Meeting on June 22, 2017, Walter Griffin's 1911 Autumn Poplars, Boigneville (pictured) was one of three paintings displayed to illustrate how the threads of connections from Paul Whitener still move through HMA's collection, reaching though Paul's own 1959 Autumn Leaves to the (more)
"George Pearse Ennis is one of those men, alert and zestful but not officious in their energies who add to the satisfaction we take in living in our own times." Accomplished in many mediums, Ennis turned down an appointment to West Point in favor of becoming an artist.
Most recently, former Board member and current Honorary Trustee Josephine Hambrick donated to HMA the lovely portrait that Paul Whitener painted of her as a young girl in 1938, and the Acquisitions Committee was delighted to accept this gift. Paul of course was the Museum's founder, and (more)
As befits the retirement of the Executive Director on an art museum after a thirteen year tenure, HMA and its Board thanked Lisë at her April 7, 2017 farewell reception through the addition of two new works to the Museum's Permanent Collection. Lisë herself also added to the Permanent Collection, through the donation of folk artist ... (more)
“Tearing fabrics and applying them to canvas, mixing various media in with the paint, and building surfaces over time is the foundation of my process." Hearon has lived, studied art and painted in Hickory since the 1980’s, saying “I cannot not paint.” (more)
Harvey had a special regard for tongues, as she explained in an interview towards the end of her life, "He speaks that all animals and everything in the earth has been tamed by mankind except the tongue, ... the tongue cannot be tamed. So before you use it to say things that will hurt yourself or someone else, remember that love covers a multitude of faults, and it's a fault to go around hurting others." (more)
Our Woman Made exhibition from December 17, 2016 to April 23, 2017 featured over 100 works created by female artists that are part of HMA’s Permanent Collection. The show spotlighted the Museum's women artists and as a celebration and encouragement of all women in the arts.
A February 16, 1953 article in The Hickory Daily Record on the topic of HMA’s 1952 acquisitions says of Shirley Pruden's The Aerialist that “It is an excellent work which shows superb knowledge of anatomy as applied to the human figure and is unusually brilliant in color.” This was the first work by a woman artist that had been purchased by the Museum. (more)
Theresa Gloster, a folk-artist from Lenoir, NC, was part of this year's HMA project of bringing the joy of art to a group of financially challenged Catawba County seniors. This HMA program was started last year with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, through the North Carolina Arts Council, the Unifour Foundation and United Arts Council of Catawba County. Gloster's program partner speaks of her experience working with (more)
The prolific North Carolina painter Elliott Daingerfield argued against both literalness in painting ("If reproduction of surface fact be the ultimate of the painter's mission, then is he of all men most petty and miserable.") and imitation, regarding which he held that "The answer is, in art each man must be a leader, not a follower, for no two are alike, no two souls are given the same message, and while it may amuse the critic to trace likeness, the great truth remains that true art is personal." (more)
"Finally I decided that I’m going to paint that old church [at home] just like I remember it. And that’s what I did. When the canvas was finished I liked it. That’s what started me to painting like I paint. I paint things I remember.”
Between April 23 and July 24, 2016, a selection of Arlee’s paintings on loan from Art Cellar Gallery and local collectors will be on display at HMA. (more)
Lillian Genth is probably best known for her female nudes with landscape backgrounds, which she painted at her summer home in the Berkshires. However, in 1928 she issued a press release that said she would never paint another nude, and she never did, moving on instead to other subjects. (more)
Maud Gatewood once said, “[Art] is like people: If you meet a person that's absolutely pleasant, they tend to be innocuous. Nothing's worse than being pleasant.” Another time she said, “I think you learn that life isn't always straightforward. I think it's in the nature of the species to be a little evasive and covered. Ambiguity might be the heart of life as well as art.” (more)
One of HMA's other Crowell paintings, The Gourd Lady), is of life-long Conover resident Margaret Sparkman. She had adopted this persona as her artist identity, in that creativity with gourds was her medium; and that landed her a spot on the Jay Leno show in 2003.
The son of a minister, Crowell has been developmentally disabled from birth. As a child, (more)
Early on, Charlotte-born and Harlem-raised Bearden debated whether to be an artist, a musician, or a professional baseball player. As a painter, he used ideas from math and music, especially jazz, in his art, along with aspects of his many other influences. As a result, (more)