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Carolina Faces: The Photography of Don Sturkey

In partnership with the Wilson Library of UNC Chapel Hill, and with the support of our presenting sponsor, the City of Shelby, the Earl Scruggs Center is proud to present its upcoming traveling exhibit “Carolina Faces: The Photography of Don Sturkey.”

In nearly forty years as a photojournalist (1952-1989), Don Sturkey captured thousands of Carolina faces. While most of the photos in this exhibition documented the societal changes that took place over his career, many recalled everyday life in the Carolinas during that time. Regardless of subject, all of Sturkey’s photographs demonstrated his philosophy of “capturing emotion first” and making “composition and technique secondary.”

In 1952 Don Sturkey became the first staff photographer at the Shelby Daily Star. He attended Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, N.C., and joined the staff of the High Point Enterprise following college. Sturkey began working at the Charlotte Observer in November of 1955 and retired as chief photographer in 1989 after 34 years.

Wednesday: 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.—5 p.m.

General Admission $12
Senior/College students $8
Youth (6—17) $5
Ages 5 and under FREE

Dan Carmichael Fine Art & Photography Highlights the Beauty of Snow

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North Carolina artist and photographer Dan Carmichael captures our state in all her moods and seasons, whether it’s the tenor of the waves or the peace of the rare snowfall. You’ll see images beyond the cliche icons of our state, yet each photo still evokes North Carolina’s personality in myriad ways. Picture North Carolina showcases his work from photos to paintings. There are scenes from around the state, some are of recognizable monuments and others of secret places awaiting the serendipitous discovery. His photographs and paintings reflect light, mood, and season with both vibrant colors and muted shades.

I’ve never met Dan but stumbled upon his work. I’m positively mesmerized by his photos. In light of the snow in our future (fingers crossed!), you might appreciate how he has captured snowfall in North Carolina. Wintry weather is a rarity so it’s lovely to see it documented in its resplendent, romantic glory.
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