ArtWalk's ready for a colorful Easter

Article Published: Apr. 1, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
ArtWalk's ready for a colorful Easter

Just in time for Easter, ArtWalk is featuring two folk artists, Louise Lauderdale and Pam Baxter.
Their energetic and colorful paintings are the epitome of spring itself. These two artists seek out old boards, cupboard doors, dough boards, ceiling tiles, shutters and occasionally canvas to create their original and unique works.

Baxter is a self-proclaimed Dumpster diver when it comes to her supplies. This reclaiming of forgotten materials not only follows a long tradition for folk artists, it also complements the contemporary mantra, reduce, reuse, recycle, making these pieces an excellent complement to a "green" household.
Although Baxter, who signs her pieces as "Annie," lived for nearly two decades in Blowing Rock, she moved back home to Georgia a few years ago. Her connection to Watauga County remains, however, through her work as vice president of marketing and advertising with Boone-based Highland International. She now lives in dairy country near the town of Madison.

Baxter has only been painting for a few years and is self-taught, making her a genuine folk artist. She feels this gives her the freedom to paint unburdened by the constraints of academic styles. Her goal is to make art that makes people happy, to brighten their day and their home, and to evoke cheerful memories.

As a young child, Baxter had an Easter chick named Hector, who was a well known terror around her childhood home in Atlanta. His presence inspired many of her pieces and the name of her artistic partnership with Lauderdale, "The Roost."

Lauderdale, who signs as LuLu, met Baxter here in Boone, where they became friends. Baxter also later persuaded Lauderdale to move to Georgia. While Baxter lives in the country, Lauderdale opted for the historic town scene.

Lauderdale is also a self taught folk artist and stays active in her art community by being a member of the Madison Art Guild and participating in exhibitions and art festivals, including Valle Crucis' Valle Country Fair.

While the two artists love to incorporate roosters and chickens into their work, they also paint flowers, fish, bears, other farm animals and a variety of country inspired scenes. The rough texture of the vintage materials they use and the bright, expressive brushwork create an interesting play between the worn and aged versus the lively and fresh. The artists have provided a wide range of sizes, some small enough to fit into the tiniest area, others large enough to command their own space.
Pam Baxter and Louise Lauderdale's paintings are located in ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) Boone, N.C. 28607. Though ArtWalk is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m, customers may shop all the time at the gallery's online store. ArtWalk continually welcomes new artists of all media and ages to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( or visit

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Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.
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