News And Announcements

Winners named in annual winter juried exhibit 2020

Mooresville Arts is hosting its seventh annual winter juried exhibit, which will be on display at the gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, through Feb. 27.

On the evening of Jan. 24, an opening reception was held at the gallery with first, second, third and juror’s choice awards presented during the event.

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Wildlife-themed exhibit brings awareness to environmental preservation

From the Mooresville Tribune June 25 2019:

Patrons gathered for the first ever Art of the Wild opening reception sponsored by Mooresville Arts and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

The event was designed to bring environmental issues together with artwork in order to help the public become more conscious about environmental preservation.

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Natalia Leigh won second place at national exhibition in Raleigh, Gallery 311

Titled "The Breakfast"

The exhibition runs from May 2 to June 1. The Opening Reception is First Friday, May 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. 311 Gallery is open 12 to 4 Thursdays through Saturdays and First Friday from 12:00 to 9:30

Mooresville Arts Offers Free Workshop

Join us for a free workshop where Robin will be giving a demo on Sunday, April 14. The program begins at 2 PM with a short update on Mooresville Arts. Be sure to arrive on time for this great quarterly program. One lucky member of the audience will be selected to be Robin’s model for her demonstration and will be taking the demo painting home! 

Senator Sawyer Takes Art to Raleigh Office

Senator Vickie Sawyer is working with Mooresville Arts to support the Arts by hanging our local artists' art in her office.  She is taking a new group of art to her office quarterly throughout the 2019 year.   See Photos Here

People Suite Blogs about Youth Art Show

Check out the blog from People Suite about the Youth Art Show

Announce coming events

Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.


Malia Bryngelson

Congratulations to Malia for making into the Pastel Journal for her painting of "Longhorn In The Sun"

New in the Lucas Mansion Gallery: Notes From A Life by Karen Parker

Aug 2019.  During the months of August and September, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature the work of Karen Parker in her new exhibit, “Notes From A Life.”

Located on the second floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion (316 Hiddenite Church Road), the Gallery is free to visit Monday – Friday from 10am – 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10am-3pm.

Karen Parker began to draw at an early age, sketching people, animals, and everyday scenes. “At school, science and biology fascinated me,” said Parker. “I was compelled to understand how things worked. This drove my mother to distraction, as she would come home to find the lawnmower, the clock, or some other household item dismantled.”

“I make art to fulfill a life-long desire to explore and understand the world through practical experience and intimate contact,” the artist shared.

As a formalist, Parker is interested in how shapes, spaces, color and value interact and define each other; the relationships and the tension between them. “I like the exploration of structure and form through the drawing aspects of my work. Painting allows me to further examine the organization and interplay of surface, value and color,” Parker went on to explain.

Karen Parker received her BFA from UNC-Greensboro and her MFA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  She has been teaching art to people of all ages since 1989 in community art centers, Universities and Community Colleges.


Vickie Sawyer supports Mooresville Arts

Vickie Sawyer comments on our display program with her.  On a quarterly basis, selected artists display their work in her office. 

Display Your Art in Germany!

Are you a Mooresville artist who would like to exhibit your work internationally?  Mooresville’s Sister City, Hockenheim, Germany, is celebrating its 1,250th anniversary  this June, and they have extended an opportunity for Mooresville artists to be part of the celebration.

See Video about Thomas, Godley & Grimes

The offices of Partner Ben Thomas, a Real Estate Attorney, hosts realtors and home buyers on a regular basis.  The firm is showcasing local art and artists in many locations within the office, including the reception area, conference rooms, offices, and more. 

Natalia Leigh

Natalia Leigh received the President's Choice award for "the outstanding work in visual arts" from Rowan Cabarrus Community College.  Congratulations, Natalia!

MAG Member, Sandy Thibeault in NYC Exhibit Nov 2018

Lake Norman artist Sandy Thibeault’s Egg Tempera / 23k Gold painting, A Granddaughter’s Dream, has been accepted into the 122nd Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Open Juried Exhibit. The luminous egg tempera technique has been practiced from the Egyptian times through its most famous Renaissance period, to today. The show is on display at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC, from January 8 – January 25. 

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Sandy Thibeault's Paiinting Selected for National Juried Show

La Mia Nipotina has been selected as part of The National Juried Art Exhibit at the Academy Center for the Arts in Lynchburg, VA. Laura McManus, teacher and Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College is the juror. The show juried art from an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, printmaking, fiber, glass ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. The exhibit runs from April 6th to the 28th. 

We Were On TV!

Watch WNCTV, Carolina Weekend, on May 24th for the piece about Plein Air.  They were here filming last year and you just may see yourself! 

Mooresville Arts: Then, Now and the Future by Megan Sprague, March 26, 2018

News Articles

Silver Linings Photo Show Makes Print


Article In Channel Markers magazine about MAG's Photo Show in August. 

Senator Sawyer and MAG in the News. January 2019


MAG is always looking for ways to promote our artists.  This opportunity will recognize a 3 artists each quarter of 2019.  The Senator will proudly hang art our artists' work in her office in Raleigh.  What a great opportunity!    

What is a Zorn Palette


What do all these paintings have in common? They were all painted with only four colors - white, yellow ochre, Cadmium Red and Ivory black -----"The Zorn Palette". Anders Zorn was a famous Swedish painter who lived 1860-1920.

When looking over his body of work you'll note that this limited palette is not the only one he used. But there are quite a few figure paintings where it is quite obvious that the Zorn palette is exactly what he used. In fact, in one particular painting, "Self Portrait with a Model", you have a clear view of his palette with those four colors.

Since I'm an avid portrait painter, I decided to experiment with this palette. Painting portraits is challenging --- but so rewarding! Simplifying my palette to something I know works gives me the freedom to focus on other aspects of portraiture, so I decided to 

incorporate it into my workshops. I also ask my workshop participants to do "homework" before they come, preparing color charts using these four colors. That way they walk in the door with some sense of the range of flesh tones those four colors can produce. Not only does it produce beautiful flesh tones, but it virtually guarantees color harmony to your portrait.

Hope you'll come paint with us!!! – Robin Wellner. Check out Robin’s website to see more of her beautiful work.

Robin will be giving a demo at the next Mooresville Arts quarterly program Sunday, April 14. The program begins at 2 PM with a short update on Mooresville Arts. Be sure to arrive on time for this great quarterly program. One lucky

member of the audience will be selected to be Robin’s model for her demonstration and will be taking the demo painting home!

If you are excited and inspired by Robin's work, you are in luck! She will be teaching a 3-day 

workshop, Alla Prima Portraits Using the Zorn Palette, at Mooresville Arts on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 18, 19, 20. Check out the April online catalog at for more information.

Iredell Living - December 2018


Check out our article in Iredell Living.  Jessica made the cover!!

Mooresville Tribune October 2018


Article on our Art After Dark Halloween party

5 Students Win


Youth Art Show was in the Mooresville Tribune.  Congratulations to all the winners!  

Lake Norman Currents Sept 2018


Embrace the Arts issue.  

Features an ad and list of activities

Pages 43-44, 47


Mooresville Arts President, Jessica DeHart, made a presentation to the Town Commissioners.