Caldwell Arts Council Reception This Evening

Public can meet artists and enjoy multiple exhibits

By Michael M. Barrick

LENOIR – The Caldwell Arts Council (CAC) is hosting a reception for the public this evening to meet the latest set of exhibits and the artists who created them. The exhibits will be displayed through April 1.

The reception will be hosted by the Caldwell County Schools Association of Educational Office Professionals.  The reception is scheduled for 5 to 7. It is free and open to the public. The CAC is located at 601 College Avenue SW.

cac-invitationExhibits include “Lost and Found,” which features a sculptural cave installation by Savannah Tester of Lenoir, and encaustic artwork by Jane Wells Harrison, also of Lenoir. On the main floor, “tunnel books” by Lauren Faulkenberry of Whittier will be available for viewing.

“Fixtures, Contraptions and Other Composites” will feature an installation of sculptural artwork by Memphis, Tenn. artist Sara Good.

About the artists

Savannah Tester, a Lenoir artist and visual art instructor in Caldwell County Schools, likes to work with metal, foam, tar, rubber, paper and other materials because they are quick to respond and easy to fuse together. She said, “That is great for my impatient nature. I find working with these types of materials allows me to work through my ideas more efficiently because I do not get so caught up with tedious process.” Organic form is important to Tester, and she draws inspiration from natural textures and shapes, specifically cave formations. “I like to create objects and environments that echo natural spaces and organic forms … objects that you want to poke with a stick,” she shared. Tester is the art teacher for West Lenoir and Valmead elementary schools. She grew up in Caldwell County and graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture in 2014.



Encaustic collage, oil on wood panel. By Jane Wells Harrison.

Jane Wells Harrison is a Lenoir artist residing in Happy Valley, and works primarily with paint media, often encaustic. Collage is usually an element of her work; therefore the paintings can be characterized as shape and color-based abstractions. She revealed, “My ideas come from day-to-day routine and the news, so underlying content is frequently prompted by current events both personal and global.” She continued, “During a winter residency in January 2016, I began working with maps as my primary collage material, supplemented with old airmail international envelopes and stamps. The seeds of this work began with a reaction to the idea behind political gerrymandering – a practice used to rearrange maps to serve a particular end. As I worked, the concepts grew more expansive, resulting in ideas of rearranging maps to record events, to document population segments, to contrast rural with urban and national with international. Can these works begin to symbolize ideals of repair, connection and unity as contrasted with conflict, division, and isolation?” Harrison has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University where she was influenced by professors Paul Hartley and Robert Ebendorf.  Her teaching experience includes East Carolina University, Pocosin Arts, Caldwell Community College, and Penland School of Crafts.

Lauren Faulkenberry is a novelist and book artist living in Whittier. Her artist books include letterpress printing, handmade paper, and paper cuts created by hand. She has exhibited these works across the United States and in Chile, South Korea, and Australia and her work is included in numerous Special Collections libraries, including those of Washington University, Duke University, Baylor University, and the University of Florida, among others. Her “tunnel books” are made of a variety of handmade papers with letterpress prints. “In creating books and prints, I am most interested in preserving memory and mapping patterns,” she explained. “An interest in anthropology, mythology, and storytelling drives me to expose layers of meaning and complexity, and I enjoy examining how our lives become intertwined and how certain patterns in behavior, speech, shared imagery, and landscape emerge over time.”  Faulkenberry has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, and Asheville Bookworks.


“Mixed Bouquet” by Sara Good.

Sara Good, of Memphis will have her exhibit upstairs. Titled, “Fixtures, Contraptions, and Other Composites,” it describes a body of recent sculptural works informed by a layering of sources, ideas, experiences, and sightings, says Good. “Of these, I was initially inspired by the highly imaginative, fluid process of conceptualization practiced by glass and metal artist, Ginny Ruffner. Another recent influence derives from the artifactual character of such historic buildings as the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Memphis, and Huntsville’s revived Lowe Mill Building.” She added, “I have long found particular appeal in the clumsiness and immediacy of the makeshift, and in the humble, at times quirky ingenuity of the homemade.” Good received a Master in Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Memphis, where she later taught Studio Art and Art History classes. She has exhibited sculpture and sculptural installations in the South, Southeast, and Midwest.

About the Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council mission is to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County, to encourage participation in art events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences.  Located at 601 College Ave SW in Lenoir, operating hours are Tues. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact info: 828-754-2486 or

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