Posts Tagged ‘Tucker’s Gallery’

Caldwell Arts Council Offers New Sculptures in Downtown Lenoir, NC

September 30, 2017

Have you noticed the new sculptures in the planters in downtown Lenoir?

New sculptures have been installed by Ray Giddens of Simpsonville, SC, Jim Weitzel of Forest City, NC, and Sam Steffey of Hudson, NC – with more new sculptures expected soon from Gwendolyn “Gwendy” Kerney of Lenoir City, TN, and from Desmond Lewis of Memphis, TN.


Work by Gwendolyn “Gwendy” Kerney of Lenoir City, TN

This outdoor sculpture gallery, called Tucker’s Gallery, was started by two local sculptors: Keith Willis and Suzette Bradshaw. The concept was to have an outdoor gallery for sculpture along the streets of Lenoir. They partnered with the City of Lenoir who installed planters in downtown Lenoir. Several of those planters have bases in them that allow for the rotation of sculpture.

Tucker’s Gallery gets its name from Lenoir’s history books – the Tucker family settled in the area around 1797 and their barn was likely located on what is now Norwood Street, not far from the Caldwell Arts Council. Tucker’s Barn was a voting precinct, a muster ground, a store and a place for “frolics” and celebrations. At least one large Fourth of July celebration included a drum corps, a march of Revolutionary veterans and speeches by General William Lenoir. Tucker’s Barn became a large meeting place for many gatherings and was so popular a fiddle tune was composed and written titled “Tucker’s Barn.” Doc Watson eventually recorded this tune in 1964 on an album titled, “The Watson Family Tradition.”


Work by Sam Steffey of Hudson, NC

Artwork in Tucker’s Gallery is on display for at least one year and is available for purchase. The gallery is now managed by the Caldwell Arts Council; 828/754-2486; (www.caldwellarts.com).

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Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, Calls for Participation by Sculptors

October 28, 2016

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The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir, NC. Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council.

Interested sculptors will find the application form and more details at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/245-tuckers-gallery/). This call for sculpture artists is ongoing; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year.

To learn more about the Caldwell Arts Council call 828/754-2486, e-mail at (info@caldwellarts.com) or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Has Added New Sculptures to Tucker’s Gallery

November 10, 2014

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The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce that new sculptures are being installed during the next few weeks in Tucker’s Gallery, an outdoor sculpture sales gallery in downtown Lenoir.  Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council. The “Gallery” is located in planters throughout the downtown area.

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Work by Gwendolyn Redfern

Sculptures remain on display for one year from date of installation or until sold.

Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina. Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 80 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering.  While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows the resident and the visitor to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir NC.

For further information call the Council at 828/754-2486; e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com); or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, Call for Sculpture Applications for Tucker’s Gallery – Deadline Sept. 30, 2014

August 30, 2014

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The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery.  Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council. The “Gallery” is located in planters throughout the downtown area.

Artists interested in participating should submit an application to the Caldwell Arts Council between Sept. 1-30, 2014. Application forms are available at (www.caldwellarts.com) or by calling 828/754-2486. Selected sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation; The pieces will be on display for one year or until sold. All selected pieces will be awarded a stipend of $200 to help with delivery and retrieval costs, and if an artwork sells there is a 30% sales commission. The artwork on display will be covered by a liability insurance policy. Twelve sculptures will be selected for display. Each artist may submit up to 3 works for consideration.

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Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina. Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 80 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering. While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows the resident and the visitor to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir NC. Phone 828/754-2486; e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com); website at (www.caldwellarts.com). This program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, are Calling for Sculptors to Participate – Deadline June 14, 2013

May 30, 2013

The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC,  seek artists interested in participating in an outdoor sculpture sales gallery.  Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council. The “Gallery” is located in planters throughout the downtown area. Artists interested in participating should submit an application to the Caldwell Arts Council by June 14, 2013.

Application forms are available at (www.caldwellarts.com) or by calling 828/754-2486.

Selected sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation. The pieces will be on display for one year or until sold. All selected pieces will be awarded a stipend of $200 to help with delivery and retrieval costs and if an artwork sells there is a 30% sales commission. The artwork on display will be covered by a liability insurance policy.  Twelve sculptures will be selected for display. Each artist may submit up to 3 works for consideration.

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“Golden Throat” by David Humphrey, photo by Curt Hiller.

Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina. Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 80 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering. While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows the resident and the visitor to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.

This program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir NC. Phone 828/754-2486; e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com); or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).