Meet Your 2016-2017 Four Saints Art Wall Artists!
Four Saints features North Carolina-based artists as part of their "Great Beer for Great People" beginning business model. "We believe the arts are an integral part of every healthy and thriving community," according to Joel McClosky, Chief Executive of Four Saints. "Being able to showcase visual artists in our taproom through this project is one way we can support, enliven, and encourage the arts in our rejuvenating community."
We sent out the call to artists within a 75 mile radius of the taproom to vie for a one-of-four chance to create a temporary visual art project on our taproom wall aka the "Four Saints Art Wall Project." The result? We got five dynamite proposals. We're going with all five, folks. We tapped Les Caison III, a North Carolina native and prolific visual artist to help us put our best art foot forward. Get ready to dance with the five artists and their five diverse Art Wall projects. Read on to find out more about the five Art Wall Artists and the manner in which all the visual art will unfurl.
Artist 1 Profile - Torocity: David Wilson and Mike Garci : March 2016 - June 2016
Torocity Designs is a Durham-based art partnership between friends, Mike Garci and David Wilson. Torocity produces collage-based art with a variety of materials, including metal, wood, and glass. They make every effort to incorporate found or up-cycled materials into their creations. They are looking forward to reclaiming some of the vintage materials from the Four Saints taproom building for their upcoming art wall project. David and Mike plan to depict the Four Saints, enjoying what they know well: "Great Beer for Great People."
David Wilson serves as the captain for Torocity's Art Wall Project. Other noteworthy projects from David include the creative façade of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC. David is also a 2011 McColl Center for the Art and Innovation Artist-In-Residence, and served as a lead artist for the African American Music Heritage Trail located in Kinston, NC.
Artist 2 Profile - Mark Stephenson : July - October 2016
Mark Stephenson is a portrait artist. His resume lists notable commissions including multiple Official Miss North Carolina portraits as well as painting the Official 2014 portrait for Pfeiffer University's President, Dr. Michael Miller. He studied at the the Art Students League in New York City and also completed the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, copyist program. He is a 2014 Rowan Arts Council Cultural Development Grant Recipient and also picked up an Honorable Mention in the Portrait Society of America's 2012 International Competition. Mark was in Asheboro back in 2015, teaching a representational figure drawing class at the Randolph Arts Guild. He has an upcoming solo exhibition in September 2016 at the Page Walker Arts and History Museum, Cary, NC. Mark lives in Misenheimer, NC with his wife and two children. Find more of his art via his website: www.markstephensonpainting.com
Mark plans to create four "Asheboro Saints" portraits. He will choose four folks to render on-site in the taproom in the styles of various great painting masters. The finished portraits will hang on the art wall for your consideration.
Artist 3 Profile - Luis Figueroa : November 2016 - February 2017
Luis debuts his first public commission with the 2016 Four Saints Art Wall Project. This up-and-coming visual artist is most interested in contributing to the diversity found around his home: Asheboro, NC. His art is derived organically as he channels his energy, kills his demons, and acts as the conduit for the creativity within. Like many artists, Luis desires to participate in something larger than himself while offering visual art for the viewer to consider. Say, Luis, "the final product says something about me and I like to leave a lot of room for interpretation". His project will explore mark making and fresh juxtapositions of influences including sci-fi, Mayan, and Aztec cultures.
Artist 4 Profile - Michael Messer : March 2017 - June 2017
As he said in his proposal, Michael Messer is a "newly-minted sculpture graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro" and would like "the opportunity to share my artwork with your patrons in a non-academic setting." He's carving a niche into the art world after recently earning his BFA Studio Art degree and we're excited to see how his mandala project will evolve on the Art Wall.
Michael is a fresh grad and yet he has impressive accomplishments on his resume. He earned First Prize at the University of Tennessee's 2015 "Artists of the 21st Century National Juried Exhibition". His art was published multiple times while a student in UNCG's Coraddi Art and Literature Magazine. He will soon travel to upstate NY to participate with Salem Art Works as an intern Artist-In-Residence.
Artist 5 Profile - Les Caison III : July 2017 - October 2017
With Les Caison III, variety is truly the spice in regards to his creative process. And he's got visual art tacos for everyone in the community to enjoy. Blowing out the rear of Four Saint's inaugural Art Wall Project, Les will create an enlarged, cropped version of one of his paintings, "Helping Hands Give You Wings" complete with layers of painting and drawing.
Les is a born and bred North Carolinian visual artist. He is a prolific mark-maker and painter, citing multiple interactions with the public as positive influence on his creative process. He has served the public as an arts administrator, art educator, and participated in many exhibitions. His latest body of work "Looking Up" travelled across the state to four venues. He is currently an active member of Winston-Salem's art collective, Delurk Gallery. He's designed t-shirts & tattoos; juried & curated art exhibitions, earned grants & commissions; and is currently helping a local microbrewery & five fine artists positively impact their community. Les has his sights on creating and mounting six 2016 exhibitions. More of Les III's work may be found by visiting www.LesIII.com.
Each of the selected artists will create a separate artwork on-site utilizing a designated 12 feet long by 5 feet high blank wall in the Four Saints Tasting Room. Public work sessions from each artist serve to encourage creative dialogue during taproom hours. Each of the five works of art will be on display for a period of three months. The complete Art Wall Project, with rotating art installations, begin March 2016 and conclude October 2017. Each artist will be honored with a public meet-and-greet reception. As an added bonus each artist will also design a limited edition t-shirt to commemorate their project. The exclusive merchandise will be available to the public.
- November 17, 2015 @ 6:30p - FSBC interest meeting at taproom
- December 19, 2015 -- FSBC Art Project Proposal Submission Deadline
- January 15, 2016 -- selected artists notified
- March 2016 - June 2016 -- Torcity Project
- March 13, 2016 from 1p -- 9p - Torocity Public Work Session
- April 15, 2016 from 5:30p -- 7p - Torocity Exhibition Reception
- July 2016 - October 2016 -- Mark Stephenson Project
- November 2016 - Feb 2017 -- Luis Figueroa Project
- March 2016 - June 2017 -- Michael Messer Project
- June 2017 - October 2017 -- Les III Project
- October 2017 - Project concludes with wrap-up party, day TBD