October 14, 2013
TINY art makes a big splash
…WITH SLIDE SHOW
By LARA RIZZUTI
Indian Town Gallery was crowded with people this past Saturday evening
as guests mingled amidst the vast and diverse catalog of artwork
displayed throughout store.
At first glance, the event
appeared to be a typical art exhibit, but it was far more unique in
that 71 small works of art captured the attention of those
present. To be precise, each piece was a mere 5-by-5 inches.
the aptly named exhibit, was held Oct. 10-13 and benefited the Wayne
Fulcher Visual Art Education Fund, which will help local high school
students continue and further their art education either privately or
through classes at the College of the Albemarle.
Trueblood, gallery employee and event creator and organizer, drew
inspiration for the event from her days as an art student at East
“Years ago when I was enrolled at East
Carolina University, someone had hung up a bunch of really tiny pieces
at the Percolator Coffee House in the hope of making some extra money,”
said Trueblood. “And recently when I was just following memories,
I went back to that time when I saw them in the coffee shop and thought
of how much I loved them.”
believed that folks in the community would enjoy the idea of miniature
art, as well, and hoped that the event would inspire both artists and
non-artists throughout the area to be involved.
“I thought that
this was something that anyone in the community could do and that it
was a way to bring people together,” said Trueblood.
Trueblood and gallery owner Anne Bowers cultivated the vision of a
community-involved art exhibit and asked folks to donate their time and
creativity towards creating a tiny original piece of art for the
After buying 60 canvases, Bowers and Trueblood
reached out to local established artists, high school art students, and
the general public, via Facebook, to invite them to get involved and
support their cause.
The community response was overwhelmingly
positive and within three days of announcing the upcoming exhibit, all
of the canvases had been requested.
By the time the
exhibit opened, a total of 64 different artists, using a range of
mediums, participated in the exhibit, including 14 high school
students, a couple from outside of North Carolina, and, on a brief
reprieve from retirement, Fulcher. Paint, fabric, photos,
seashells, and a variety of other materials were used while creating
the many beautiful pieces that decked the walls of the gallery.
Howard of Ocracoke works at the Preservation Society Museum and does
not identify as an artist, but Howard craftily used old copper flashing
from the roof of the museum to create the jumping fish featured on her
“You don’t have to be a picture artist or
painter to create a piece for the exhibit,” noted Howard. “It’s
fun and it’s all for a good cause.”
Other artists, such as Jen
Ray, the owner of The Space Between coffee shop, used a similar
approach by repurposing and reusing materials from past artworks and
creative endeavors, whereas Mariah Temple, a 7-year old from Ocracoke,
created her piece with colored foam sheets, glue, and a collage made
specifically for the event.
Regardless of what materials or
methods were used to create the TINY collection, the event successfully
brought the people together in support of a worthy cause.
work of art was sold for $20, and since 67 of the pieces were scooped
up, the education fund is well on its way to supporting and promoting
the youth of the community along their artistic path.
event was only the first of many intended to support the Wayne Fulcher
Visual Art Education Fund. Trueblood and Bowers plan to continue
raising funds for the scholarship program with raffles, a silent
auction, and, of course, future TINY exhibits.
“We’re still new
to this, but the cause is near and dear to us,” said Bowers.
“This (the scholarship) will be a continual thing. It won’t be just one
The scholarship fund was started by Bowers this past spring and will begin awarding scholarships in 2014.
are so many talented students here on the island and the College of the
Albemarle has such a tremendous amount of classes available on so many
different mediums,” said Bowers. “A lot of the students really
enjoy living here and, often, a more local experience is
The scholarship will be available to
students in secondary school, regardless of grade level, and may be
used to purchase art materials or to enroll in art courses.
Bowers hopes that the fund will encourage the local youth to pursue art
as well as honor local artist and the fund’s namesake, Wayne Fulcher.
retired several years ago, but is a world-renowned artist who resides
in Frisco and remains a highly respected and important figure in the
local art community.
“Fulcher is a Hatteras boy, and he
painted here in the gallery for 11 years,” said Bowers in regard to his
role with the fund. “We wanted to keep his memory going and keep
his name alive. And on top of that, he loves children and wants
them to continue to come in to do art and to support the arts.”
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