Wood sculptor Pete Lupo to show at Edgewood Cottage
The fifth annual Artists in Residence Series features the work
of Pete Lupo July 3 to 8 at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock. The cottage is located at the corner
of Main and Chestnut streets, right in front of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and
Visitors can meet Lupo and view his wood carvings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sunday, when the hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Lupo has been sculpting wood since 1983, and he brings an intimate knowledge of wildlife, their habitat and their interaction with mankind. Growing up around his grandparents farms in rural southeastern North Carolina, he was rewarded with an awareness of the simple things of life.
Working primarily in Tupelo or basswood, he carves wildlife and manmade objects in a realistic style. Each component of a composition is carved entirely out of wood, then copper or brass sheets are hand cut and shaped into flowers, leaves or grasses. He completes the process by applying multiple thin washes of acrylic paint to bring the piece to life. The finished piece captures a moment of co-existence between beings.
“To me, nature, truly wild nature, is the only reality,” Lupo said. “It is the perfect cycle; it manages itself, cares for itself and rights its own wrongs. It is not anything other than what it is. Perfect.
“With my work, I create moments that depict wildlife interacting within the human world. Man is changing nature to suit his needs, often without regard to the creatures that share this world, but nature, given the chance, finds a way to live with man. The Zen masters have a word, ‘Satori.’ It means a moment of clarity, or a moment of enlightenment. I wish to engage the viewer in a moment of connection between beings of a shared space. To become aware of these moments for what they truly are, gifts from the creator.”
The Artists in Residence Series is sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society and funded in part by the Watauga County Arts Council and Grassroots Funds of the North Carolina Arts Council. Artists will be in residence at Edgewood Cottage everyday but Wednesday through Aug. 19. All of the artwork is original, and most of it is for sale. The exhibit is free to the public. Free parking is available behind BRAHM in the parking deck.
The mission of the Blowing Rock Historical Society annual program, Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage, is to promote, publicize and celebrate the arts by showcasing the work of North Carolina High Country.