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2018 Artists in Residence Schedule
August 15th - October 30th 2018

August 15 – August 21

Sherri Stewart

Mother nature provides the color and forms that fuel her soul. Using acrylic, oil, watercolors or combinations thereof, she creates vibrant, energetic painting in the abstract and abstract realism style. She also loves to use texture for an additional layer of intrigue.  For more information and to see examples of Sherri’s work, visit





August 22 – August 28

Susan Jespersen

Susan feels compelled to express her perceptions of the disappearing nature we treasure. Her work has an Asian influence using a lyrical abstract expressionist approach. Colorful brushwork has an absence of premeditated form. It is lyrical because, like music, the colors sing.  For more information and to see examples of Susan’s work, visit





August 29 – September 4

Pat Flashbert

Pat has spent more than thirty years practicing and teaching painting, raku pottery and paper making.  Artistic exploration and experimentation have been the guiding forces in both her work and her life as she has journeyed from California, to France, to Hickory, NC.   


September 5 – September 11

Susan Wilders

For twenty -five years ago, Susan has embraced the joy and influence of Chinese and Japanese painting and its masters. Underlying the apparent simplicity of composition; there is a philosophy of the unifying pattern of life brought forth by exacting, beautiful brush work.  For more information and to see examples of Susan’s work, visit 


Toni Indicott

A local artist from the Lenoir area, Toni’s mediums are watercolor, pastel and pen and ink, mostly in the realist style with a developing interest in abstract art. Painting brings her joy. A large part of her body of work are rural scenes, churches , barns and landscapes. 

September 12 – September 18

Patricia Collins

Nursing was Pat’s passion; art arrived a bit later. Her goal is to help us more fully appreciate living in this wonderful region and to celebrate nature’s beauty.  Her vibrant colors enliven her watercolor paintings of many beloved high country scenes.  For more information and to see examples of Patricia’s work, visit

Patrick Richardson 

His work is a rendition of musical color, while listening to the sounds in nature and always painting with music on.  His chromesthesia stimulated creations emphasize color. He prefers the mediums ofoils with occasional use of acrylics, mixed media, pen & ink, and pencil.    


September 19 – September 25

Tim Larson

A self-taught artist, Tim finds inspiration in the Blue Ridge mountains and foothills of North Carolina. The goal of each piece is to capture the patterns, plumages, textures and

shapes of the outdoor world and bring them to life on the canvas for all to enjoy.  For more information and to see examples of Tim’s work, visit







Pete Lupo 

As a wood sculpture growing up in rural North Carolina, Pete feels that sometimes we must slow down in order to see. His art depicts wildlife interacting within the human world, creating a moment of connection between beings of a shared space.  For more information and to see examples of Pete’s work, visit







Earl Davis

Earl paints with the expectancy that on his canvas will appear a scene calling him into it, to experience peace or to explore a wonderful place that spoke to his soul. He paints his landscapes in the style of realism, often with a touch of impressionism.  For more information and to see examples of Earl’s work, visit







September 26 – October 2

Susan Grant

An engineering background naturally lends itself to her realistic style of painting. Her medium of choice is transparent watercolor, fresh clean colors that result from building layers of “washes” on paper or gouache (opaque watercolor) for its rich saturated shades.  For more information and to see examples of Susan’s work, visit








Ronda Hale

Color and light are what attracts her to a subject.  She often finds herself adding more brilliant color to the paintings when that color is absent in real life.  Ronda paints in oil and watercolor and is drawn to a glorious garden, a rustic barn, and rushing water. 





Pam Washer

Pam began crafting her one-of-a-kind RagBags in 2005, because of a longtime interest in repurposing mostly castoff items. RagBags are created from different materials: decorator fabric samples, wool sweaters, vintage buttons, books, broken jewelry, even VHS videotape!



October 3 – October 9

Kim Abernathy

There is a beauty and quiet simplicity in the way she translates light and captures a mood, as she focuses on those places in North Carolina left untouched and unspoiled by development.

Her impressionistic, meditative style evokes feelings of serenity and calm.  For more information and to see examples of Kim’s work, visit





Kathy M. Reece

Her art is as much about feeling as it is about applying paint to the canvas. The views she paints en plein air are part of the cultural fabric of our community. She aims to preserve and document those scenes that are reflective of our contemporary world, yet tied to our history.   For more information and to see examples of Kathy’s work, visit







Barbara Ballesty

As a ceramic artist who works In her studio along Artist Alley known as Blowing Rock Pottery, she produces functional forms with glazes that reflect our area’s natural colors: tree bark brown, rivulets of moss green, floating blues of our skies, jewel tones of local flowers.  For more information and to see examples of Barbara’s work, visit








October 10 – October 16

Gale Champion

Raised in rural North Carolina, her unique paintings are imagined, designed and created in three styles and two mediums. She is known for watercolors in a realistic style, unusual webbed backgrounds in her contemporary watercolors, and abstract/impressionistic style in alcohol inks.   For more information and to see examples of Gale’s work, visit




Pat Grant

Pat is a charter member with the North Carolina Wildlife Artists Society.  His realistic, serene style captures his love for the Blue Ridge Mountains and its inhabitants.  He says about his painting, "It's a pigment of your imagination"... relax, enjoy, be part of nature.






Pat Moritz

Since 1987, Pat has been weaving basketry and vessels. “Contemporary basketry as my art form is always changing, demanding more of my mind, heart, experience and expression.” Her designs include natural foraged materials as well as hand-painted paper, yarns and alcohol inks. 




October 17 – October 23

Jeremy Sams

Jeremy is a renowned plein air landscape and portrait artist residing in North Carolina. His inspirations come from the mountains, and waterways of North Carolina, where he seeks to capture the wonder of God’s creation through the play of light, shadow and atmosphere.  For more information and to see examples of Jeremy’s work, visit






Beth Taylor

Her free-form quilting combines color, pattern, and texture that resonates with her deep roots and love of this area. Every choice of fabric, embellishment and stitch gives her the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind combinations of fiber art. 



October 24 – October 30

Lee Harper Vason

A native of Hickory and renowned dancer and choreographer, she has added oil and acrylic painting to her artistic expressions. Using a style of flowing, full of motion and heavily pigmented color, her art brims with vibrant energy.  For more information and to see examples of Lee Harper's work, visit 




Tunde Afolayan-Famous

Tunde’s thematic compositions in vibrant colors allow figurative images to adopt expressive, abstract qualities as well as representational styles. His color pallet tempered with strong and vibrant hues exemplifies his powerful African roots and aesthetics.  For more information and to see examples of Tunde’s work, visit

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