New in the Lucas Mansion Gallery: Notes From A Life by Karen Parker

During the months of August and September, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature the work of Karen Parker in her new exhibit, “Notes From A Life.”

Located on the second floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion (316 Hiddenite Church Road), the Gallery is free to visit Monday – Friday from 10am – 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10am-3pm.

Karen Parker began to draw at an early age, sketching people, animals, and everyday scenes. “At school, science and biology fascinated me,” said Parker. “I was compelled to understand how things worked. This drove my mother to distraction, as she would come home to find the lawnmower, the clock, or some other household item dismantled.”

“I make art to fulfill a life-long desire to explore and understand the world through practical experience and intimate contact,” the artist shared.

As a formalist, Parker is interested in how shapes, spaces, color and value interact and define each other; the relationships and the tension between them. “I like the exploration of structure and form through the drawing aspects of my work. Painting allows me to further examine the organization and interplay of surface, value and color,” Parker went on to explain.

Karen Parker received her BFA from UNC-Greensboro and her MFA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

She has been teaching art to people of all ages since 1989 in community art centers, Universities and Community Colleges.