New in the Lucas Mansion Gallery and on the Emerging Artists Wall: “Celebrating Life, Work, and Play” Watercolors by Zan Thompson and Paintings by Terra Gedeon


During the months of September and October, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature an exhibit by Catawba County artist, Zan Thompsan. The Emerging Artists Wall, located on the 3rd floor of the Lucas Mansion, will feature paintings by Terra Gedeon.

Zan Thompson will be demonstrating his watercolor painting techniques throughout the Center’s 37th Annual Celebration of the Arts festival on Saturday, September 22nd from 9am – 4pm. A Meet the Artist Reception will be held for Thompson in the Lucas Mansion Gallery on October 13th from 12:00noon until 2:00pm. The exhibit and reception are free to visit and enjoy.

The Lucas Mansion Gallery is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County and is open to the public Monday – Friday from 10am – 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10am – 3pm.

In an artist’s statement, Thompson explains, “I paint many subjects that engage me, but regardless of the subject, what captivates me and encourages investigation is light and shadow. In my art I exploit this light and dark by exaggerating the contrast. By doing so the subject is more dramatic and color appears more vivid. I have achieved my goal if the color and contrast embrace the viewer leaving them entertained.”


Terra Gedeon is relatively new to Alexander County, working primarily out of a studio in Taylorsville. She classifies herself as a semi-formally trained artist.  Gedeon credits her work as being guided and taught in art classes in grade school.  She has perfected her style, technique and expedited her career in just the last two years. Her versatile styles and abilities appeal to a broad audience.  Terra’s most recent accomplishment is to have been published in the 2nd edition of “Artists of Social Media” by Megan Bauer.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966, email or visit

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.