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Ostriches and ducks in Public Works exhibit

Creating artwork is a thrill for Shirley Miller, a self-described folk artist from Lumberton. “I put my heart into what I’m painting. I get lost in it. Sometimes I paint all night until the sun comes up,” she says. At 77 years old, Miller is one of the oldest artists represented in the Arts Council’s annual Public Works exhibition.

Miller’s depictions of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Garden of Eden are among nearly 200 colorful creations by more than 100 artists. The walls of the gallery are adorned with ostriches, ducks and even fictional creatures, such as unicorns, in the most inclusive show of the year. Sponsored by Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Public Works showcases art by people of all ages and abilities from our community. The exhibit is open six days a week through July 16 at the Arts Council (301 Hay St.) and much of the artwork is for sale.

Which piece of artwork in the gallery is your favorite? This month, visitors are the judges! Voters pick their favorites in the People’s Choice Awards during the opening on 4th Friday, May 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., or on Saturday, May 28, from noon to 4 p.m.

The galleries are open 6 days a week for this show. See gallery hours below.

Arts Council galleries are located at 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC. Admission is free.

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.








Upcoming exhibits*:

Construction Worker - Reading PlanPublic Works
May 27 – July 16, 2016

Trees, triangles and trains. Eagles and eyeballs. More than 100 pieces of work represent a cross section of subjects, styles and skill levels of our community. Your art on our walls! All art. All ages.

*Schedule subject to change.

The Arts Council’s galleries at 301 Hay Street are free and open to the public six days a week.

The Arts Council’s 2015-16 exhibitions are curated by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.

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