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Four Saints Brewing Company Hosts Art Wall Project Reception with Visual Artist Mark Stephenson

Posted on 08/30/16

Asheboro, NC - Four Saints Brewing Company in downtown Asheboro, North Carolina is currently exhibiting the second visual artist for the inaugural Art Wall Project.  Mark Stephenson from Misenheimer, NC created four portraits from life on-location in the Four Saints tasting room located at 218 South Fayetteville Street.  As part of his visual art project, Mark requested "Asheboro Saints" nominations from the local community for deserving individuals with notable community spirit. He selected four people based on numerous submitted one-paragraph nominations.  Each honoree sat with Mark as he created their portrait from life during the month of July.  Mark's completed project titled "Asheboro Saints" is on exhibit August through Monday, October 31.  An artist meet-and-greet complete with an honoring of the "Asheboro Saints" and their nominators will take place on Friday, September 16th from 5:30 p.m -- 7 p.m.  The reception is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

A special congratulations to the four "Asheboro Saints" as chosen by Mark Stephenson: Jake Gardner, Stephen Bennett, Ann Hoover, and Dr. Teena Byrd.

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 .

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.  A goal of the project is to offer insight and foster dialogue between the local community and the regional visual artists.  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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