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First of Five Four Saints Brewing Company Art Wall Projects begins March 2016

Posted on 02/12/16

Asheboro, NC –  One of the newer microbreweries in North Carolina, Four Saints Brewing Company, announces the selection of five artists for the inaugural “Art Wall Project”.  Located at 218 South Fayetteville Street in downtown Asheboro, 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.” 

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, begins March 2016 and concludes 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. 

Four Saints Brewing Company tapped Asheboro-based artist and art advocate Les Caison III to head up this project. According to McClosky, “We originally asked Les to create one mural in our business.  After considering our needs he returned with a proposal featuring several artists, multiple artworks, and options for reaching a larger viewing audience with exclusive merchandise.  He is truly thinking of the community, our business, and the arts.  We are honored to have him interpret our ideas in such an innovative, community-based manner.”  

The production for the first of five art projects begins March 2016 with ToroCity Designs made up of a duo of artists based in Durham, NC: David Wilson and Mike Garci.  Their finished project will be on display April through June 2016.   

For more information about the Four Saints Brewing Company’s Art Wall Project, contact project manager, Les Caison III at [email protected] 

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Also of note: the original plan was to select four artists to reverberate the Four Saints theme.  Five diverse proposals were submitted - from award winning public commission artists and well known gallery artists to first time public artists and recent college graduates.  The variety of medium and technique range includes recycled- materials collage, portrait painting, mixed media, sculpture, and drawing.  Says project manager, Les Caison “we received five very different proposals.  Together they span a wide variety of ability, technique, and geographical representation around North Carolina.  Four Saints generously decided to follow the creative serendipity and go with all five.” 

Selected artists: 

David Wilson & Mike Garci of Torocity Designs is based in Durham NC.  Their speciality is mixed media with found and up-cycled materials.

Mark Stephenson of Misenheimer NC is an award winning portrait artist.  His website is www. markstephensonpainting.com

Michael Messer is a recent BFA, Concentration in Sculpture graduate from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. 

Les Caison III of Asheboro NC is a mixed media artist.  His website is www.LesIII.com .

Luis Figuera also of Asheboro NC is a 2D artist.  This is his first public commission project. 

Bio: Four Saints Brewing Company is a nine month old, award winning brewery located in Asheboro, NC. Recently named one of the Top Ten New NC Breweries to Know by VisitNC.com, Four Saints prides itself on creating great beer and surrounding itself with great people. Currently, Four Saints Brewing Company beers are available, on draft, around the Triad and Triangle areas.

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