The Stokes County Arts Council will feature Lance Crumley’s fine art at the Hanging Rock State Park Gallery (Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center) 1790 Hanging Rock Road, Danbury, N.C., through August.
Crumley will be at the gallery on Sunday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. for an opening of the exhibit. The public is invited to visit the Hanging Rock State Park Gallery to see this exhibit and meet the artist. “As far back as I can remember I have loved to draw and sketch but sadly lacked the confidence and encouragement to try painting,” Crumley said. “Upon graduating from high school in 1975 at the age of 17 my family lacked the resources to help me achieve higher education. So, working as a brick mason, I put myself through school to become an artist of a different media.
“At the ripe old age of 19 I began a 30-plus year career as a hairdresser/salon-owner,” Crumley said. “Hairdressing has been a fine career, which allowed me to pursue my art while avoiding the starving part of ‘starving artist.’ With encouragement from my brother Bob, I finally picked up a paint brush in my early 20s and was for the first time in my life ‘in love’ with art.”
Crumley started with watercolors but has progressed to oil painting.
“In my paintings I strive for what I call focused expressionism,” Crumley said. “I want the painting to be expressive with every brush stroke but I don’t want every brushstroke to be the focus.”
Park visitor center hours are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. For additional information regarding this exhibit, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit stokesarts.org. To view additional work online by Lance Crumley visit http://www.lancesfineart.com.