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An Artful Call for "Asheboro Saints"

Posted on 05/26/16
An Artful Call for Stephenson portrait session

Asheboro, NC - Do you know of someone deserving of recognition for the positive impact they are making in the local community -- someone you would consider an "Asheboro Saint"?  Area microbrewery, Four Saints Brewing Company (F.S.B.C.) located at 218 South Fayetteville Street in downtown Asheboro invites you to nominate a person deserving of this honor for an artful reward.

Four selected "Asheboro Saints" will be creatively rendered by North Carolina portrait artist, Mark Stephenson.  He is the second of five visual artists participating in the Inaugural F.S.B.C. Art Wall Project.  Each selected artist creates a temporary installation of art that will be on display inside the Four Saints tasting room for three months.  Stephenson's selected proposal includes creating four "Asheboro Saints" portraits.  The completed portrait sketches will be on exhibit August through October 2016.  In addition a meet-and-greet reception is planned for the artist, the 'saints', and their nominators on Friday, September 16 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend.  

Nominees should exemplify a modern-day 'saint' -- the definition of which can be interpreted loosely.  Nominees may include anyone making a positive impact on the community, either in the public eye or not.  This is an opportunity to celebrate good works through art and fellowship.  Chosen models will be asked to pose at a pre-arranged time during Four Saints business hours.  The atmosphere will be casual and relaxed.  Stephenson is not looking for traditional 'model' types.  Adults of any age, race, ethnicity, and background are welcome.  The entire process from nominating to portrait sitting is completely free of charge.  The time commitment per portrait will be approximately 2 hours.

Simply complete and submit a short nomination form by visiting this link: http://goo.gl/forms/JkPv8gfQOVPxMgGg1.  Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.  Selection of saints will be made by Wednesday, June 29.  

For more information, contact Four Saints Brewing Company's Art Wall Project Manager, Les Caison III at [email protected] .  To learn more about the featured visual artist, Mark Stephenson visit his website: www.markstephensonpainting.com .

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Artist Bio:  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: http://www.markstephensonpainting.com/ .

About the project:  The inaugural Art Wall Project selected five visual artists to create separate compelling works of art on-site utilizing a designated 12 feet long and 4.5 feet high blank wall in the Four Saints Tasting Room. 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, will 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. These shirts will be available for sale to the public.  For more information on the Four Saints Art Wall Project visit: http://www.foursaintsbrewing.com/four-saints-art-wall-project.html .

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