‘A North Carolina Homecoming’exhibit opens

Beginning Aug. 1, The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature the work of Charlotte artist Jerry Kirk. The exhibit will be on display during the months of August and September. Renowned for
his use of vibrant color and Expressionist style, Kirk’s exhibit
portrays North Carolina landscapes in a bold new way. From the mountains to the coast, Kirk has captured the beauty of North
Carolina while creating energy,evoking mood and stirring emotion
on the canvas.

In addition to his current exhibit at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery, Kirk’s work has been exhibited in numerous east coast galleries, including Ward-Nasse Gallery in NYC, Waterworks Gallery in
Salisbury, R.J. Reynolds Gallery in Winston-Salem, Center of the
Earth in Charlotte and The Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh. Kirk is one of the founders of Charlotte’s NoDa district (Charlotte’s Historic North Davidson Street Art District).

“Expressionist in style,my art is an attempt to depict both the natural world and the human condition at their most intimate level,” Kirk said. “As an acute observer of life in all its aspects,my art is influenced not only by nature but all forms of pop culture, from books to movies to cartoon animation.”

Although his exhibit at The Hiddenite Center is focused strictly on landscapes, Kirk’s body of work explores a complex variety of themes and subject matter but his guiding principles remain constant.

“No matter what the subject matter, the work remains recognizable as a part ofme because of the thematic and expressionistic aspects that I bring,” Kirk said.“It is important for me that my art connect with the viewer through shared understanding and experiences. I desire for my art to be meaningful, accessible and relevant without reliance on the facile or merely decorative.”

Hiddenite Center Director of Education, Allison Houchins believes that Kirk’s exhibit of North Carolina landscapes will resonate with visitors and allow them to see our state with fresh eyes.

“Our new exhibit, ‘A North Carolina Homecoming by Jerry Kirk,’ is aptly named because his vibrant use of color, unique style and bold paint strokes allow the viewer to see landscapes in an entirely new way,”Houchins said.

“The viewer is immediately drawn into the landscape, which allows their personal experience to merge with that of the artist.”

The public is invited to attend a Meet the Artist reception in honor of Kirk on Sunday,Aug. 18. The reception will be held at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery at 316 Hiddenite Church Road from 3 p.m.until 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and the artist will be available to discuss his work.

The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.until 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. All Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

This Hiddenite Center’s ongoing exhibits, classes and programs are made possible in part through the generosity of the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Fund, The R.Y. and Eileen Lackey Sharpe Family Foundation, Alexander County Government,The Winston-Salem Foundation, Friends of the Hiddenite Center and the Hiddenite Center’s operating

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