You can tell a lot about a person by taking a look at their home. What’s hanging on their walls or tucked away on their shelves shines a light on their personality: Is it whimsical, traditional or off the wall?
Fayetteville residents will get a chance to learn a little more about members of its art community during 4th Friday. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is hosting Off the Wall, an exhibit of art works literally taken off the walls of its staff and board members.
    “It’s a fun show for staff and board members,” explained Calvin Mims, the arts services coordinator at the council. “People will bring something in from their personal collection. It can be from a very serious collection or piece from a child’s collection or a whimsical piece. We want something with an interesting story, background or history. We think this will give our community some insight into our staff and board members.”
    As of this writing, pieces were still coming in, but a pretty eclectic bunch of art work has already made its way into the exhibit.
    “We have a couple of pieces from C.J. Malson, the former owner of Art and Soul Gallery,” said Mims. “She is bringing in a couple of pieces — one a work by Roseanne Brida who did the façade of Art and Soul and a  pencil drawing by her late grandmother which absolutely has tremendous sentimental value, but is not marketable. So we’re getting things like that.”
    William Brooks, a board member, brought in four works of art by his two sons, who take art instruction from Becky Lee, a Fayetteville artist and art teacher. “They have done some very interesting drawings, and he has submitted those,” said Mims, who added that many board members are bringing in collectible pieces by a Fayetteville artist.
    Among that group is Deb Mintz, the director of the Arts Council. Mintz has an eclectic collection of works by area artists. Some of the works she is sharing are from some very prominent local artists, while others are from artists who are just making their way in the art community.
    Mims, an acclaimed artist in his own right, is also contributing art to the show. “I’m bringing in a very special piece by Elizabeth Catelett,” he explained. “It’s a linoleum block print called Two Generations. Elizabeth Catelett is one of our African-American masters who is internationally renowned for her paintings, sculptures and drawings.
    “I purchased this piece about 20 to 22 years ago when I had an opportunity to meet her,” he continued.  “It’s one of the few collectible pieces I have where I’ve met and engaged the artist.”
    In addition to the great art, music lovers will also be in for a treat at the Arts Council, as the cool music of the Roy Roach Orchestra takes them on a sentimental journey with the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Bassie, Woody Harman and Benny Goodman.
    The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County located at 301 Hay St.
    “This is going to be pure fun,” concluded Mims. “The exhibit is going to be an interesting insight into the hearts and minds of all our art lovers.”
    The fun doesn’t stop there. Be sure to wind your way through downtown and take a peak at the other venues in the 4th Friday lineup.
    Just down the street from the Arts Council, Cape Fear Studios will be featuring The Collective Works of Lawrence Favorite, a wood turner from Mebane.
    Favorite notes of his works, “I derive my greatest satisfaction as an artist from the sheer joy of doing — of being at one with the wood and releasing the beauty that is within. I love the challenge of looking at it and listening to a piece of wood and letting it reveal to me what it should become,” he said in an artist statement.
    {mosimage}Favorite knows a lot about listening. In the early ‘70s, he was working as a mechanical engineer with a manufacturing firm in Arizona. His work was leaving him empty, and after a period of reflection, he dropped it and decided to pursue his growing interesting in art.
    In looking for a way to express himself, he began a period of work with desert ironwood, a species of wood that is only found in the Sonora Desert. That love affair continues today, .
    Additional 4th Friday Venues:
    •CJ Designs – Local Impressionistic Artist, Leigh Ann Withrow.
    •Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum Annex: Special Exhibition of SCCA Formula race cars.
    •Hay Street United Methodist Church: In One Accord, a local Christian vocal group, performing a wide variety of musical selections, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary and from hymn tunes to gospel numbers. 
    •City Center Gallery & Books: Winners of the Field of Honor photography contest.
    •Cotton Exchange: Spontaneous Combustion jazz ensemble, refreshments.
    •Fascinate-U: Children will be creating buses with art supplies. Free admission and refreshments.
    •Market House: Exhibition of artifacts, period weapons and uniforms from the Spanish-American War and the role our region played in it.
    •Headquarters Library - Big Medicine, string band music of the rural South: Old-time melodies, mountain harmonies, ancient ballads and archaic fiddle tunes, heart songs, hollers, hymns, and a touch of early bluegrass. Refreshments.
    •Olde Town Gallery will host its 2nd Food Show Art Competition.
    •Rude Awakening will host photographer Jennifer Seaman and her work.
    •SfL+a Architects Gallery: Art by the Communicare Kids, music by Tad Dreis.
    •White Trash will feature hand scrimshawed bangle bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman.

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