‘Lands Seen and Unseen’ exhibition opens at Barton

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October is shaping up to be a great month for art lovers at Barton College.

Barton will celebrate new artist-in-residence James Stanley with a series of public events featuring the award-winning painter. His new exhibition “Lands Seen and Unseen” opens at the Barton Art Galleries on Thursday, Oct. 12, and will run through Nov 21.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts will host its annual FOVA Fall Lecture and Dinner. A wine and cheese reception with Stanley will begin in the Barton Art Galleries at 5 p.m., followed by a lecture at 6 p.m. Guests are also invited to the Kennedy Family Theatre for dinner at 7 p.m. The reception and lecture are open to the community free of charge, but reservations are required for the dinner event. Tickets for the dinner are $25 for FOVA members and $35 nonmembers, and reservations and payments must be received by Friday.

While serving as artist-in-residence at Barton, Stanley also plans to engage the Barton First-Year Seminar students in a project related to identity and culture. He will provide two Saturday workshops for the community later this month.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, Stanley will focus on “Faces: A Portrait Workshop,” which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a lunch break. (Participants should bring a bagged lunch for the break.) Stanley refers to David Hockney’s quotation about faces, which reads, “Faces are the most interesting things we see ... and the most interesting aspect of other people — the point where we go inside them — is the face. It tells all.”

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the workshop focus will be “Drawing From The Figure,” which will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost for each workshop is $15 for FOVA members and $25 for nonmembers.

For more information about these events or to make reservations for the Oct. 12 dinner or the Oct. 21 or Oct. 28 Saturday workshops, contact Maureen O’Neill, director of exhibitions and educational programming at Barton Art Galleries, at 252-399-6476 or moneill@barton.edu.