Ebendorf_boxdetail bLenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council will present two new exhibits “Thinking Inside the Box” and “Sculpt Mettle: Redux!” beginning August 5, 2016 and continuing through October 1, 2016.  An opening reception August 5, 2016, 5:00pm to 7:00pm will introduce the exhibiting artists to the public. This reception will be hosted by the Brush & Palette Club.

The upstairs gallery exhibit, “Thinking Inside The Box,” will feature artwork surrounding or containing a box, assemblage elements, encaustic and other mixed media created by Caldwell County art educators. Jane Wells Harrison and Bob Ebendorf proposed this show concept to provide a show opportunity and a new project idea to the art educators in Caldwell County.

The main floor galleries will feature the exhibit “Sculpt Mettle: Redux!”  This multi-venue retrospective showcases sculpture, ceramic, and graphic works created by Henry G. Michaux between the years of 1967—1997. Dr. Michaux, a native of Morganton, North Carolina, (now a resident of Lenoir, North Carolina) is a graduate of Texas Southern University where he studied with noted artists and educators Dr. John Biggers and Professor Carroll Simms. Michaux is also a graduate of Penn State University, where he Harrison_portalstudied and earned Master’s and Doctorate degrees during the seminal period that shaped Art Education reform and served as the foundation for the discipline-based arts education movement. During a career that spans nearly forty-five years, Dr. Michaux has crafted a solid record of excellence in art production and arts instruction.

Exhibition curator, Dr. Terry K. Hunter, describes the work of Henry G. Michaux as “…part of a neo-pop/junk/funk/figurative/non-objective narrative that can fit firmly into a number of artistic generational contexts.” Michaux’s works derive their power from his keen observation of socio-cultural nuance filtered through a lens of intellectual vigor that translates complex subjects into whimsically acceptable art forms.

Michaux remains true to himself as he touches those among us who are willing to buy into his aesthetic sojourn. It is hoped, that by viewing this exhibition, we provide a platform for an experience that may move each of its viewers to a level of unparalleled individual discovery. Come explore this wonderful exhibit in our gallery August 5-October 1.

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 Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Photos: Art By Michaux; Ebendorf; Harrison.