Through the end of October, the halls of the North Building at Sampson Community College will be filled with art that can take visitors on an adventurous ride. The walls are soon to be graced with images representing the artistic work of local artists.
The beauty on the walls is courtesy of the Small House Painters and local home-schooled art students who, in conjunction with the Sampson Community College Foundation, will be presenting the “Bikes, Trikes and Cycles,”art exhibit during an artist’s reception to be held Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 4-6 p.m at the college. The exhibit will feature many different paintings and be on display through October.
The group of artists, under the instruction of Paula Fitzpatrick, have diligently worked over the last several weeks, meeting at the Victor R. Small House, to capture a good representation of anything you can find on wheels, like bicycles, tricycles and motorcycles.
The Small House Painters featured art from Fitzpatrick, Linda Williamson, Martha Smith, Joan Carr, Amelia Surratt, Micki McPhail, Becky Jackson and Nita Aiken during last year’s reception and features some of the same artists this year.
According to Fitzpatrick, the artists started working with their ideas earlier this year, meeting weekly for the last few weeks.
Fitzpatrick, along with other artists, will be working this week to strategically place the art on the walls in the North Building near the business office.
“It’s funny to watch them (the painters) during the entire process,” Fitzpatrick stated about her artists. “They are very critical of themselves, obsessing over each piece, making sure it’s perfect. I have to remind them to just slow down.”
Overall, Fitzpatrick has said she felt all the painters did a great job and felt they were pleased with themselves.
The Sampson Community College Foundation has sponsored the artists reception in the past, and according to foundation members, is more than pleased to do so.
“The Foundation is happy to showcase the talent of local artists and to expose our students to this great example of lifelong learning,” Lisa Turlington, Foundation director said. “I have enjoyed watching these painters grow and hone their skills from the start of the class many years ago, and it is exciting to see the youth getting the same exposure to Paula’s expertise. The entire community is invited to visit Sampson Community College and see the show that will run through October.”
Wednesday’s reception will be a floating event, held in the North Building on the hall near the business office. All the artists will be available during the reception. The paintings will remain on display through the month of October.
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