Caldwell Arts Council exhibit “POP!” May 5-27, 2017

LENOIR, NC (March 22, 2017)…The Caldwell Arts Council, located on 601 College Avenue, SW, Lenoir will have the following art exhibit on display May 5-27, 2017.

“POP!” will feature artwork by Christopher Fowler, Richard Wright, Michelle Johnson Fairchild, and Mary Margaret Myers.

An opening reception will be hosted by Foothills Performing Arts on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 5-7pm to welcome the artists, and is free & open to the public.

About the artists:

Michelle Johnson Fairchild (Morehead City NC; is an ordinary woman. A mother, a teacher and an artist. She is also a survivor. In August, 2008 her then-husband took a butcher knife and slashed ninety-four of her paintings before attempting to murder Michelle by strangling her to unconsciousness. He then beat her and left her for dead in their hallway. In essence, he tried to silence her literal voice as well as her artistic voice. She has lived a life as an abused wife. She has been beaten. She has been degraded, devalued, and deemed inconsequential for living by the man who vowed to love me forever. Yet something amazing and powerful happened to Michelle. She went from a hopeless victim to a survivor full of victory, life, courage and strength. What changed her life? She began to paint. Her “Larger Than Life” paintings will engage young and old alike!

Christopher Fowler (Hope Mills NC; is an expressionistic figurative painter hailing from rural southeastern North Carolina. His paintings seek to expose the vulnerability behind human figures while exploring the contradicting facades that we are often forced to retreat behind. His style is reminiscent of the Southern gothic literary period, which focuses on deeply troubling sides of human nature – themes of poverty, alienation, and violence.

Richard Wright (Lenoir NC; and his family live in an updated farmhouse built in 1878. After years of college, working as a physical therapist fulltime and potting part time, he became a full time potter in 2016. Work for this exhibit required a great deal of hand painting the vibrant colors for a POP CULTURE theme. Richard says, “I think it should be one of the exhibits not to miss if you have kids. The pieces are easily recognizable and will be just as fun for the adults since the material is timeless.”

Mary Margaret Myers (Charlotte NC; returned to painting after a hiatus of 25 years of family commitments, a career in counseling, and other creative pursuits. She studied and performed music rather extensively in the early part of her life and loved doing so, but says, “When I stopped playing, the music was gone. Yes, I could start playing it all over again, but I decided visual art was something that would stay in place after I stopped and it would not go away.” She continues, “I waned to make something worth returning to see many times … something worth revisiting to make discoveries, to find surprises. Paintings never end the way they began, but they surprise me. They don’t have to be “right.” They just have to “Sing.””

About the Caldwell Arts Council:
The Caldwell Arts Council mission is to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County, to encourage participation in art events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences. Located at 601 College Ave SW in Lenoir, operating hours are Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. For more information, call 828-754-2486 or visit

Michelle Johnson Fairchild – Larger Than Life – Audrey Hepburn


Christopher Fowler – bodhi 2015


Richard Wright -Captain America


Mary Margaret Myers – North of the River