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Brenda Councill meets with students in Oakwood Elementary School’s Cafeteria, site of a mural
the artist created in 2011 in Hickory.
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Originally published: 2012-07-19 09:44:30
Last modified: 2012-07-19 09:44:30

Brenda Councill to created mural at Hickory museum

The Hickory Museum of Art will host internationally-known artist Brenda Mauney Councill of Blowing Rock for several months while she paints and brings to life a large-scale mural, hanging in the museum’s Coe Gallery.

The exhibition, “A Mural in the Making: From Concept to Completion with Brenda Councill,” introduces viewers to the fundamentals of painting large-scale murals: drawing and composition, perspective and vantage points, mixing of paint and selection of mural paint, and translation of images from miniature to monumental. She will begin the work Aug. 11.

Visitors of this “live” event will have the opportunity to witness the entire progression of Councill’s unique and intimate idea blossom into a larger-than-life series of images on a canvas approximately 12 feet wide by 20 feet tall. 

The artist will access the two-story tall canvas by scaffolding erected especially for the exhibit.

The mural is being created for Shurtape Technologies LLC (the exhibition’s   sponsor). 

Not only will the artist be using Shurtape products to create clean lines in the mural, rolls of tape will play into the theme of the mural. 

Stephen Shuford, CEO of Shurtape, said, “As a proud supporter of Brenda Councill, we are pleased that she will be using our FrogTape and Shurtape  Blue Painter’s tape to assist in the creation of her upcoming mural. We are honored that after its showcase at the Hickory Museum of Art, the mural’s permanent home will be in our new corporate office.”  

Visitors may watch the mural’s progression during regular museum hours, organized workshops, programs, tours and casual conversations with the artist. 

The artist will be working on most Fridays and Saturdays in the gallery. Call the museum at (828) 327-8576 for the most up-to-date schedule.

The museum will host a “Coffee and Conversation” with Brenda Councill on   from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, that will include light refreshments and a question-and-answer session. The artist will then paint that day until 4 p.m.

The exhibition will also include a curated pictorial portfolio and films of regional mural projects, including the recently completed College of Education Building at Appalachian State University.

“A Mural in the Making” runs through Nov. 25.

Major exhibition support is also provided by Vicki Coggins.

“Creating in large scale presents formidable challenges as various vantage points that form perspective can render the success or failure of a piece,” said Councill. 

Councill’s signature pieces have overcome these obstacles through optical illusions, complicated geometry and viewing parameters that yield an awe-inspiring experience.  

Councill’s permanent public murals can be seen in the Belk Library and in the Reich College of Education building on the ASU campus; the Belk Atrium of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.; the Grandfather Home and School for Children in Banner Elk;  the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis (the largest painted dome in the Southeast); Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock; Caldwell and Cabarrus County public health buildings; the Women’s Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga.; and in Boca Raton, Fla., on the exterior wall of the Penn-Florida building. 

Councill’s 35-year, award-winning career has been profiled and praised by such notables as Martha Stewart, the late Greta Garbo, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson and Gene Shalit, as well as The Oprah Winfrey Show, PBS/UNC-TV, FOX, CBS and NBC. 

Her work is in the following corporate and private collections: DuPont, AT&T, CSX Transportation, Credit Suisse, British Airways, The Canadian Imperial Bank, SunTrust, Gate Petroleum, Roberta Von Schlossberg, Sidney Kimmel, David H. Murdock, E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, Sen. Bob Dole, and Carol and Irwin Belk. 

The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. 

For more information, visit http://www.HickoryArt.org or call (828) 327-8576. 
Councill’s signature pieces have overcome these obstacles through optical illusions, complicated geometry and viewing parameters that yield an awe-inspiring experience.  

Councill’s permanent public murals can be seen in the Belk Library and in the Reich College of Education building on the ASU campus; the Belk Atrium of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.; the Grandfather Home and School for Children in Banner Elk;  the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis (the largest painted dome in the Southeast); Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock; Caldwell and Cabarrus County public health buildings; the Women’s Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Ga.; and in Boca Raton, Fla., on the exterior wall of the Penn-Florida building. 

Councill’s 35-year, award-winning career has been profiled and praised by such notables as Martha Stewart, the late Greta Garbo, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson and Gene Shalit, as well as The Oprah Winfrey Show, PBS/UNC-TV, FOX, CBS and NBC. 

Her work is in the following corporate and private collections: DuPont, AT&T, CSX Transportation, Credit Suisse, British Airways, The Canadian Imperial Bank, SunTrust, Gate Petroleum, Roberta Von Schlossberg, Sidney Kimmel, David H. Murdock, E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, Sen. Bob Dole, and Carol and Irwin Belk. 

The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. 

For more information, visit http://www.HickoryArt.org or call (828) 327-8576.
 
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.


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