A fancy art school education and high standing in society arenâ€™t necessary to produce important works of art.
The Hickory Museum of Art will be exhibiting the â€œHomegrown and Handmade: Selected Works from the Huffman Collection of Southern Contemporary Folk and Outsider Artâ€ until July 27.
The artists featured have no formal art training and many of them are from rural or small-town backgrounds.
It is the first of four upcoming Outsider Art exhibits from Hickory residents Allen and Barry Huffmanâ€™s â€œHuffman Collection.â€
The collection consists of thousands of pieces, most of which were made in the southern United States. The current exhibit has 150 of the pieces on view.
Paintings, sculptures, drawings and functionally- related pieces like canes are included in the exhibit.
The exhibit is organized by guest curator Tom Patterson, a writer, independent curator and authority on contemporary and folk art.
The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley at 243 3rd Avenue N.E. on Hickoryâ€™s â€œSalt Block.â€
For more information call (828) 327-8576.
The following events are also happening within the week:
Â· The 18th Bar H Championship Rodeo and Country Festival will return to the Bar H Arena in Boiling Springs on Friday and Saturday. The country festival begins at 6 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 8 p.m. For more information call (704) 434-2866.
Â· The Gaston County Library is holding an annual gathering of friends at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The event will feature music and light refreshments. The library is located at 1555 East Garrison Boulevard in Gastonia.
by Sarah Grano