Caldwell Arts Council to Exhibit Folk Art

Work of local artists will be on display in the ‘Just Folk’ exhibition

LENOIR, N.C. – The Caldwell Arts Council will be exhibiting the work of local folk artists during June in an exhibition titled “Just Folk,” with the opening reception scheduled for Friday, June 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. The opening will be hosted by Foothills Performing Arts and the exhibition will continue through June 29.

Charlie and Susan Frye in their gallery

The folk art features work done by several local artists, including Charlie Frye, Susan Frye, and Theresa Gloster.

Charlie and Susan Frye are the proprietors of Frye Art Studio and Folk Keeper Gallery & Antiques in historic downtown Lenoir. Charlie’s focus is on creating great folk art, while Susan balances her time between creating art, curating antiques, and running the business side of the operation. You can read more about them on their website.

Theresa Gloster is a ‘memory artist,’ a self-taught painter whose works exuberantly chronicle her childhood years in the small African-American community of Bushtown in Lenoir. Glenn Hinson, a professor of Public Folklore and Art of Ethnography at UNC Chapel Hill said of Gloster, “As she paints, she finds herself caught up in reveries of memory, with sharply remembered moments from her past vying for expression.”

Theresa Gloster

Gloster shared, “There’s so much in my mind, that – it’s like, you’re trying just to get it out.”  When she chooses which moment to portray, she finds herself stepping into that moment, inhabiting it with an intensity that never fails to surprise her. “It’s like, you can paint the whole picture in a few minutes,” she muses. “But then you say, ‘Now, I’m going to enjoy this picture. I’m going to go back in it.’ And then I’m going to take my time, and just work on it. Because in your mind you feel like your mind is going in there. And the only way that you can connect, is with the paintbrush, and your mind. So you feel like you’re going into that painting.”

The Caldwell Arts Council is free and open to the public. Their hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. –  5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Caldwell Arts Council presents the arts in all its forms to Caldwell County. It is located at 601 College Avenue in Lenoir.

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