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Volume 24, Number 10 — October 2017

Arts Calendar

William King Museum of Art presents Fred Carter: Primitive paintings of toil and love

Date(s):  August 03, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Venue: William King Museum of Art
203 Academy Drive NW
Abingdon, VA 24212

ABINGDON, Va. William King Museum of Art announces the opening reception of "Fred Carter: Primitive Paintings of Toil and Love" Aug. 3, from 6 — 8 p.m.

Born in Duffield, Virginia, in 1911, Carter grew up in the rugged coal country of Wise County, moving first to Norton as a boy and later to Clintwood, where he lived out the remainder of his life. Growing up inundated by news of the Great Depression and the Harlan County Miner's Strike had a profound impact on Carter's views as an adult, views which were given voice, powerfully, through his work. Though he did not begin making art until later in his life, once tapped, the vast well of Carter's creativity flowed swiftly. He would spend the next 30 years,right up until his death, giving form to his beliefs in stonework, poetry, short stories, painting, and, of course, woodcarving. Carter displayed many of his works in his Cumberland Museum, the door of which was adorned with the simple message, "Primitive Painting of Toil and Love." This exhibit celebrates the life, legacy, and work of Fred Carter, one of Southwest Virginia's finest visionary artists.

The exhibit opens runs through Jan. 14. Admission is free, and the museum is open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 276-628-5005.

Topics: Art, Exhibits

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