Celebrated folk artist Charlie Lucas will travel from Selma, Alabama to share the stories of his found object sculptures and paintings. His self-proclaimed Tin Man moniker alludes to his metalsmith skills and the fact that he only had ten dollars in his pocket when he asked God to bestow a special talent on him. Charlie has turned that talent into good many times over in his last three decades devoted to artmaking.
Charlie's keen eye and resourceful imagination converge when he uses cast-off materials to create artwork that has appeared in museum exhibitions and folk art festivals across the country. He has traveled to France for an artist's residency and to Italy to work collaboratively on a site-specific installation for the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. He has been named a Master Artist by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Come meet one of the icons of the outsider art world.
Our Southern Makers Series continues with very special guest artist, Charlie Lucas, a.k.a. Tin Man. For three decades, Charlie has turned cast-off junk into sculptures with personalities and paintings that recollect family and friends from his life in Pink Lily and Selma, Alabama.
Pull up a chair and prepare to be entertained and enlightened on what makes this iconic folk artist tick. His stories are fascinating and give insight into his artwork that reflect the people and events shaping his life. He learned blacksmith skills from his great-grandfather and parlayed his talents into a folk art career after a debilitating back injury in 1984. Since that time, he has garnered recognition from museums, galleries, and folk art collectors world-wide.
This is a FREE event, however seating is limited. Please call the gallery to reserve a seat. 407-323-2774.
We will host Missionary Mary Proctor for a weekend pop-up show. See her latest works and visit with one of our Florida folk art treasures! Mary's embellished paintings are full of her life stories and ancestral wisdom.
On Friday, June 26 greet Mary from 6 - 9pm
Saturday, June 27 greet Mary from 10am - 4pm (gallery will be open until 8pm)
The gallery will be brimming with the brightly patterned paintings of Sarah Rakes, just in time to lift you out of the summer doldrums. From her home in rural Georgia, Sarah paints her passion: flowers. She is an avid gardener and also loves to capture the animals and landscapes in her environment.
Opening reception: Friday, July 24, coinciding with Sanford Art Walk
6 - 9pm