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Press Release

Friday night, August 4, 2017, Waitsel Smith of Lenoir was awarded Second Place in Painting at the 37th Annual Fine Arts Festival in Southern Pines, NC for his oil painting "Autumn Lake" (above). Two years ago, he won Second Place in Painting for "Dress Blues" (top). The art exhibit, which is presented by the Arts Council of Moore County and located in the historic Campbell House Galleries, runs August 4 through 25. Sharon and Joseph DiGiulio, of DiGiulio Studios, Raleigh, NC, judged the show. After graduating from East Carolina University in Painting, Waitsel has worked as an artist and illustrator for over 35 years. He has two works in the show.

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More New Work

Two more paintings recently completed: "Hatteras Light" (above) and "Archaeological Find" (below). Both reflect my interest in the human figure and the advertising image. (See comments by Biruta Erdmann, Assistant Professor in Art History, East Carolina University at the bottom of my Recommendations page.) I began doing paintings that were twice as wide as they are tall in 2012. Most contain a life-size figure. When the paintings are hung at eye level, they give the impression that the figures are in the room with you, and that helps to draw you into the painting. In "Hatteras Light," you get the feeling that you're standing on the beach next to the girl with the golden hair, admiring the lighthouse. In "Archaeological Find," you're on an archaeological expedition, standing in front of the Great Pyramids, examining the object in the archaeologist's hand.

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Essie & Olive

Gourmet popsicles, anyone? The latest sensation in downtown Lenoir, NC is Essie & Olive Pop Shop and Cafe. And what's hanging on their walls? One of my paintings! (below) When I saw that the decor of their new cafe was "farm rustic," I showed owners David and Deanna Talbert my painting, "Storm Coming," and they loved it. It's hanging on a rustic brick wall, which is the perfect background for it. If you're ever in downtown Lenoir - and why wouldn't you be? - drop in on Essie & Olive at 104 Main St NW, Lenoir, NC 28645 and enjoy one of their delicious sandwiches or salads, followed by the most incredible popsicle you'll ever put in your mouth. Everything about the place is delightfully unique... like Lenoir!

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