Great art in a great community

A barn in eastern Catawba County has a huge splash of color on one side and is a lot of talk in the community.  One side of the barn was transformed into a giant folk art mural by area folk artist Robert Oren Eades III, with an important message telling passing motorists of the annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival. The popular festival is Saturday.

The idea for the mural was suggested by local artist Robert Oren Eades and quickly adopted by the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival and its sponsor, the Hickory Museum of Art.

The barn, located on N.C. 150 near Marshall Steam Plant, is more than 60 years old and is owned by Jerod Lutz.

“Lutz is the grandson of Thad Lutz, who was principle at Sherrills Ford School,” Eades said.

Grants made the project possible, as well.

“The annual Project Pool Arts Grant set aside a portion of funds for the Sherrills Ford/Terrell area,” Eades said. “I had idea for a sign on one side of the barn  and told the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival committee.”

To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.