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Lucille Earp Paintings on Exhibit in the Art Gallery September 2021.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

As a celebration of The Hiddenite Center’s 40th Anniversary,

The Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibit in September features the amazing life long paintings of Lucille Earp.   She is well known for her paintings of meaningful places in Alexander County; but her talent does not stop there. From landscapes, to people, to animals, to sculptures. What a talented and inspiring lady, and we are honored to have the Center’s FIRST art instructor and long time friend of the Center in the gallery during our 40th Anniversary Celebration!

The gallery is filled with beautiful oil paintings resulting from her amazing career.  As a sixth grader at Conover Elementary School,  young Lucille Wallace’s watercolor caught the eye of her teacher who asked permission to frame it and display it in her classroom. The painting was a real source of pride for Lucille. When her family moved to Taylorsville she began 8th grade at Taylorsville Elementary School. She met Billy Eugene Earp and they married in her senior year.  Billy received his draft notice and served in the US Army. After service the couple returned to Alexander County to raise their two children Rickie and Wendy. With two children at home, Lucille had a real desire to continue her education particularly in art.  Seeing “can you draw this” ads in a magazine, she drew a submission and sent it to the Minneapolis School of Advertising And Related Art. She enrolled in their correspondence course, and her training continued for three years.  She sent each completed project to her instructors, they then evaluated it, made corrections and suggested improvements and then returned the piece to her.  She then returned the corrected art piece for a grade. Lucille’s “never give up” approach to all things resulted in a successful 58 year art career. Lucille took every oil painting class offered by Catawba Valley Technical College. She studied privately with Hickory artist Edward Turas for 2 years. She began teaching children’s art classes in 1967 and adult classes with Catawba Valley Technical College in 1969.  She taught oil painting classes at the Hiddenite Center until 2004. Lucille Earp’s work became known across the region through exhibits and competitions.  In 1971 she reached a personal goal of completing her first of 10 church baptistry commissions.    She published a book of her poems with illustration in 1988, another of her life goals.  She also drew the plans for the Earp’s lovely retirement home in Bethlehem where they moved in 2007. The public is encouraged to visit the gallery Monday through Friday 10-4:30 and on Saturday 10 – 3 to enjoy this lovely exhibit. Exhibits are free and open to the public. 

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