Art reception goes well

Karen Williamson

/Caswell Messenger

Alex Sharp and Maurie Van Buren discuss their art with one another.

By Karen Williamson

Caswell Messenger News Correspondent

On Sunday, March 5, Caswell Arts held its much anticipated opening reception for the I AMS Visionary Arts Show.

The featured artists are Alex Sharp, Maurie Van Buren and Star Watlington.

Sharp’s artwork is taxidermy with a steampunk angle; Van Buren’s display is of folk art paintings depicting farm/rural life, and Watlington shares her deep and heartfelt poetry.

The reception started at 3:00 p.m. for the public with a private showing for the artists, Caswell Arts Board of Directors, and invited guests that began an hour beforehand.

There were approximately 150 people who came out to support this important art event.

Sharp and Van Buren were on hand to talk to the art goers about their work and the process they take to create their finished products. Sharp said that this type of art “is my passion! It’s what I do to relax.”

Van Buren explained, “I like painting farm scenes of Caswell County. I’m inspired by historical photos depicting this type of lifestyle and paint from that.”

Watlington, who was unable to attend the reception due to health reasons, said that “because of being selected to participate in this show, I have started writing poetry again! This is giving me a reason to continue to live and to keep pushing on.”

The Visionary Arts Show is designed to give artists who have been turned down by established art galleries an avenue in which to show off their art.

And Caswell Arts is the place for this type of unique display to take place. 

The Caswell Arts Gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.- 2.p.m. If you are interested in a private showing, please call (336) 694-4474 to make your request.

The I AMS Show will be up through the end of March.