Hickory – North Carolina artist Norma S. Suddreth will host an opening reception for her new exhibition – Holy Land Revisited: Works by Norma S. Suddreth – from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, August 12 at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hqickory. The exhibition, featuring handmade paper, frescoes and watercolors, will be in HMA’s Regal & Gifford Galleries July 30 – Oct. 9, 2016.
“Observation, preservation of history, acts of goodness and honesty are elements I incorporate into my art,” Suddreth said. “Gathering plants, producing pulp, preparing the foundation and painting are equally important. The ability to communicate through art about what I have discovered and believe to be important is the main focus of my work.”
The August 12 reception includes a chance to meet Suddreth and sample Middle Eastern food, while viewing works inspired by her travels and faith. Suddreth will talk about her work and artistic processes in working with handmade paper, watercolors and frescoes. Admission is free. RSVP by calling 828-327-8576.
Suddreth will also lead an artist workshop at HMA on Monday, Oct. 31. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Participants will make monoprints on gelatin molds using handmade papers. The workshop is open to youth and adults, ages 13 and older. Cost is $30. Call 828-327-8576 to register.
About the Artist
Suddreth was born in the Foothills of North Carolina, where the Blue Ridge Mountains and farms surrounded her small, rural community. This beautiful backdrop, along with the local church and worldwide travels affect her art today.
Suddreth specializes in two ancient arts. As a papermaker, she has developed a technique of painting with paper pulp, using her hands as brushes. Painting on pulled sheets or sculpting with pulp allows for a textured surface. Papers are then colored with hand-ground natural pigments. Suddreth also uses the art of fresco to create spiritually focused art.
Suddreth has studied at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and St. Michael’s Institute of Sacred Art. She has received many awards and honors, and has exhibited in regional and national juried shows. Suddreth lectures and teaches workshops, often in her art studios in Lenoir and Blowing Rock.
Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.
Photos: Norma Suddreth; Norma Suddreth, Thy Soul’s Thirst Shall Be Satisfied, handmade/sculpted with dyed paper pulp