Love Valley Documentary Exhibit by Michaela O’Brien

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s South Gallery room of the Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) will feature a new exhibit by Michaela O’Brien, documenting life in nearby Love Valley, NC. The exhibit is free and open to the public February 1 – 28, 2017. The Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10am – 3pm.

A recent graduate of Duke University’s MFA in Documentary Arts program, Michaela O’Brien chose the community of Love Valley, NC for her thesis work. The result is an exhibit that includes photography (both contemporary and archival), video, screen prints, and objects.

O’Brien created this exhibit while living on Main Street in Love Valley, NC. In her words, the show represents “a fragmented narrative of frontier freedom.”

In her Love Valley exhibit, O’Brien says, “The complete story is eschewed for the remains: a constellation of biblical and patriotic gestures, and what lies at the heart of it all, the desire to start over.”