New In the Lucas Mansion Gallery: Art Exhibit by Sarah Hedrick and Lawrence Kanipe

Our Lucas Mansion Gallery currently includes the work of husband and wife artists Sarah Hedrick and Lawrence Kanipe.

Join us for a Meet the Artists Reception, honoring Hedrick and Kanipe, on Sunday, October 8th from 3pm – 4:30pm. The event is free to attend and will feature light refreshments.

Learn more about these talented artists:

Sarah Hedrick bio

Studied commercial art and design and was employed as artist in design dept. before moving to a career in fine art. Also, been active in artist co-ops and has shown widely in exhibits and competitions. Since 1995, the majority of her work has been commissioned oil and pastel portraits and has created 100’s of portraits in NC and surrounding states. Sarah works with the client to develop a painting that reflects the uniqueness of the subject. Whether composing portraits in interior settings or outdoors, Sarah is adept at employing concepts of good design. She has studied under artists Doug Dawson and Al Stine, and portrait artists Michael Del Priorie and Roberta Carter Clark.


Sarah Artist Statement

“To me, the most interesting and fascinating subject is the human face. I paint portraits because it’s what I love to do. As we all are affected by our life experiences, I believe my past studies, employment, and artistic endeavors contribute to the quality of my portrait work. I believe my education and experience in the medical field focusing on anatomy lends to the accuracy of my figures. Many years of painting landscapes and still life is an added benefit when I am asked to include interior and outdoor backgrounds. I intend, with every portrait, to show the subjects spirit and personality. I am committed with every commission to create a portrait that will be enjoyed for generations.”


Lawrence Kanipe bio

He is a native of Catawba Co. and graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College. He retired after a long career in the packaging industry where he used his creativity designing graphics and structure for his clients. Although involved in a highly stressful business, he found time to create paintings in watercolor and oil. Managing packaging plants in VA and NC, he eventually retired from Simkins Industries of Connecticut.

His coastal scenes in watercolor hung in galleries along the NC coast and he regularly exhibited at Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park. He also taught watercolor and oil painting for CVCC and was active in the Newton Art Guild. After retirement, he and his wife traveled widely which have inspired new work. He is an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman and frequents mountain streams and rivers in NC and western US.

Completely self-taught, he has produced countless paintings now in private and business collections in the eastern US. Keenly observant of nature, his is especially fascinated with the movement of water- ocean or flowing stream.


Lawrence Artist Statement

“Drawing and painting have always been a part of my life. As a small child, I had to draw things. Now, three quarters of a century later, I am still drawn to brushes and canvas. In the darkest and brightest times, I am still driven to create something beautiful, to memorialize the astonishing beauty surrounding us. I have sat for hours on a beach mesmerized by the movement of the surf, or studied the flow of a mountain stream. Clouds intrigue me and I adore rocks. I cannot memorialize darkness- only the bright and beautiful.”