New in the Lucas Mansion Gallery: Exhibits by Kimberly Croteau and James Drum

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature exhibits by Kimberly Croteau, “A Beautiful World Through my Lens,” and James Drum.   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. All gallery exhibits are free and self guided.

For the last thirteen years, Kimberly Croteau has been an artist and art teacher. Starting this fall, she will begin a new teaching job at Newton-Conover Middle School. Croteau says she believes, “in being an artist who actively creates and inspires my students.”

As an artist, Croteau has taken professional watercolor classes and had exhibits through Nancy Couick Studios in Charlotte NC and at Binders in Charlotte.

Kimberly Croteau enjoys painting in watercolor and oil, drawing in pencil, colored pencil, and chalk pastels, digital Photography, and wood burning.
During the month of August, the south room of the Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature woodcarvings by James Drum of Taylorsville. The exhibit will include life size and ½ size authentic replications of various native duck species.

Drum’s work is featured yearly at the Northwest NC Visitor Center in Wilkesboro, Klingspor Company in Hickory, NC, and at carver’s features in the region.  He has been a longtime demonstrator in the Folk Life Pavilion at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Celebration of the Arts festival and at their Explore NC Heritage Fair.


The exhibit reflects Drum’s life-long ambition to perfect the craft and represents a return to the Lucas Mansion Gallery, which hosted his first solo show in 2002.