Friday, October 13, 2017

VISIT TO HICKORY MUSEUM OF ART

"Monarch Butterflies" Joel Sartore

We recently spent the day in Hickory, NC and visited the Hickory Museum of Art.  Photographer Joel Sartore had work on endangered species showing. His photos are breathtaking.


"The Three Sisters"  Frank Stanley Herring

This painting was done one town over from us, Little Switzerland, in 1929. Mildred "Mickey" McKinney took lessons from New York City artist Frank Stanley Herring, who vacationed in the town. The founder of the museum, Paul Whitener, saw Mildred painting and decided he could do it to. Mickey and Paul married and continued producing art.


"Uncle Tom McKinney's Springhouse"  Donald Blake

Donald Blake was a mentor of Paul Whitener. This painting is of a scene from Little Switzerland. We'll be taking a ride over to try and find the property where Mildred and Paul lived and painted. A little local history trip.

There was also an exhibit on self-taught artists providing a variety of talent:

"Lore Master #4"  David Thomas Roberts


 "The Transformer"  Bruce New

 "Daddy and his Woman"  LaVon Van Williams, Jr.

 "Flag"  Roger Lee Ivens

 "Blues Guitar"  Roger Lee Ivens


I could not leave without roaming through the museum shop where I picked up a book on collage. Purchases and donations help museums to continue providing exhibits and education.

Yes, beer brewing is an art.

And, of course, we can't go to Hickory without stopping at the Olde Hickory Tap Room and checking out their selections. My choice, Hefe-Weisen. The perfect day out!

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