Grand Opening of The New Franklin County Arts Council Art Gallery is Jun. 15

Franklin County Arts Council is based in Franklinton, North Carolina.
Franklin County Arts Council is based in Franklinton, North Carolina.

Starting June 1, 2018, the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) will have a new address —  118 B North Main Street, Louisburg, North Carolina — and will hold a grand opening on Friday, June 15, 2018.

The new Louisburg Art Gallery hours will be:

Thursdays — 12:30-5pm
Fridays — 12:30pm to 5pm
Third-Fridays only — 4-8pm
Saturdays — 11am-2pm and 3-5pm

Come for the grand opening, then stay for a special evening presentation. The “Third Friday Artist Series” is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2018, 6-8pm, with Craig and Patrice Kassan. Enjoy an evening of the arts with family and friends. FCAC Artists will exhibit their work. Refreshments will be provided. This event will be held at the new gallery location (118-B N Main Street, Louisburg NC).

Craig Kassan wall art. Source: Franklin County Arts Council
Craig Kassan wall art. Source: Franklin County Arts Council

Craig Kassan is a woodworker in Franklinton, North Carolina who turns wood to create wall sculptures, hollow forms, burl dishes and natural edge hollow spheres. Craig shared that the idea for his wall sculptures came about on a trip to Salt Lake City.  During the flight he became intrigued with the patterns created by the plots of land as well as the crop circles from the farms below.  By the time the plane landed, he had two pages of sketches and a head overflowing with ideas. To mimic the plots of land, he has arranged wall sculptures as polyptychs. The individual pieces are raised above the applied metal background, adding more depth and character to the finished sculpture.


Patrice Kassan never considered myself much of an “artist”. She could copy pictures fairly well but was never really interested in painting or some of the other art disciplines.  Patrice wanted to be OUTSIDE or deep in a book. She squeaked through art classes in school and wrote poetry for English class, but actually creating art never really crossed her mind.  However, being married to an artist tends to rub off on a person one way or another.  She rescued a beautiful piece of wood from the fire pile left over from something Craig had made & made herself a pair of earrings.  Then a friend saw her earrings & wanted a pair & then her sister wanted a pair…thus was the beginning of Patrice’s beautiful wooden earrings.


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