Hickory – Catawba Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Department invites the public to view FaceScapes, an exhibition featuring art created by participants in the workshop of the same name taught by Hickory artist Dan Smith. This workshop, taught January through March 2019, involved utilizing creativity while capturing a likeness and revealing an internal spirit of the subject.

FaceScapes will be exhibited at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery, 29 2nd Street NW, Hickory, until Saturday, May 26. Featured artists, whose creations will also be for sale, will be available to speak casually about their artwork on Wednesday evening, May 15 during the Downtown Art Crawl. Sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Association between 5 and 8 pm, this Crawl will be held on a Wednesday evening (instead of Thursday) in conjunction with the North Carolina League of Municipalities’ City Vision conference hosted by the City of Hickory.

Instructor Dan Smith explained his innovative art-making workshop was designed “to push the limits of portraiture for art students of all levels. I enjoy integrating art history with art-making styles and philosophies which I use to compare and contrast ideas in art.

I’m not teaching students to make art like me. I am challenging them to expand their own expectations about the creative process. I want to help move participants in my workshops to whatever that “next level” is for them. My goal is to encourage students to continue to grow as creative artists after they’ve left me”.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting from East Carolina University and master’s degree at the University of South Carolina. He has taught workshops, college level courses in studio art and humanities subjects, and has exhibited throughout the country during the past 30 years.

In addition to Dan Smith, 12 participating artists include: Anne Byrne, Randy Clontz, Dana Dempsey, Susan Grant, Ronda Hale, Jan Harriman, Gary Lowe, Amy McHugh, Pamela Smith, Zach Smith, Lindsay Veil, and Alan Whitener.

For more information about CVCC’s Continuing Education offerings, call 828.327.7037. For information about Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery, call 828.325.0108, or visit www.tastefullbeans.com.
Dan Smith teaches a FaceScapes Workshop at CVCC