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TCVA hosts two-part lecture

Article Published: Feb. 17, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
TCVA hosts two-part lecture

Visitors to ASU's Turchin Center observe artist Lowell Hayes' exhibit, 'The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration,' on display through March 19.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) is hosting local artist Lowell Hayes, as he holds a two-part lecture series focusing on his recent exhibition at the Turchin Center, "The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration by Lowell Hayes."

The first lecture, "Making Art Nowadays," will be held on March 2, with the second, "The Bug and the Tree," on March 17.

Both lectures will be held in the Turchin Center galleries from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to all campus and community members. For more information on this lecture, call (828) 262-3017 or visit

About the Lectures

Making Art Nowadays - March 2
During this first lecture, Hayes will discuss the process it took to create his recent exhibition, "The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration," his technique and his philosophy on making art in today's society.

"I am looking for people who will bring their criticisms for some great discussion," Hayes said about this first lecture in his series.

He is encouraging people to not only voice their opinions on how making art has changed over the years, but also about his recent work.

The Bug and the Tree - March 17

The second part of this lecture series will host arborist Lear Powell and journalist Sam Calhoun, along with Hayes, to discuss the plight of the hemlocks and what can and needs to be done now. This lecture will focus on the history and inspiration behind Hayes' current exhibition on display in the Turchin Center.

About the Exhibit

On display through March 19 in the TCVA's Mayer and B galleries in the West Wing, "The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration" celebrates the beauty and mourns the imminent loss of the vast Eastern hemlock forest, which has been fatally attacked by sap-sucking insects called hemlock woolly adelgids.

This exhibition consists of mixed-media canvases, and some pieces measure as large as 9 feet by 19 feet.

Since its installation in the Turchin Center in early December, the community has been buzzing with excitement over the detailed and realistic exhibit that has managed to turn the galleries in the Turchin Center into miniature forests. In the university newspaper, The Appalachian, junior communications studies major Jeff White said, "The hemlock exhibit was quite exquisite."

Born near old Butler, Tenn., Hayes, now in his 70s, has been painting the Appalachian landscape and its people for 40 years. He has a BA from Lynchburg College and a BD from the University of Chicago. Earlier work was included in a touring exhibition by the National Museum of American Art, and more recent pieces hang in the University of North Carolina complex and at the Tennessee State Museum. He currently lives in nearby Valle Crucis. For more information, visit

The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information about the Turchin Center and a schedule of upcoming events, call (828) 262-3017 or visit

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