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You will find Full Circle Arts at 42-B Third Street NW in downtown Hickory.
Our front entrance is next to McGuire's Pub, down the spiral staircase.
Or you can come in the rear entrance off First Avenue NW
Exhibiting members' work is now on display.
Art in the Afternoon is taking a break until this fall.  Full Circle Arts is still open every Saturday, 10:00 to 2:00.  Come visit us.


Full Circle Arts Ninth Annual Fund-Raising Silent Auction Gala, October 5.  

Our thanks to everyone who participated.  Full Circle Arts could not survive without the support of its friends and members.  The auction is to help Full Circle Arts continue to fund its gallery, educational programs, competitions, and events.  We appreciate the support of so many in the community in donating items for this fund-raising event.  An immediate goal is funding of membership in the Chamber of Commerce.  A second goal is funding to improve our website.

Congratulations to Claudia Bujold, who had the winning raffle ticket for "Moon Bowl", by well-known wood craftsman Eddie Hamrick. 


Full Circle Arts Fall Competition, October 26 to November 25.

The purpose of the Fall Competition is to give area artists a means to show art in all visual media.  We believe in presenting ideas in visual as well as other means to promote communication and thoughtfulness among people of our community.  There is no specific theme; all ideas are welcome.



An exhibition open to all visual artists.   Entries will be juried for acceptance and judged for prizes.  First—$300        Second—$200        Third—$100


Our thanks to Carl and Sharon Cline of Resource Partners, LLC, William f. Straka, DDS, PA, John and Ann Hinson, and Pete and Virginia W. Sobotkin for their generous support.


Reception: Thursday   October 26, 6:00-8:00pm


Pick up artwork declined:  Thursday or Friday, Oct. 26, 27, 11am to 5pm, or Saturday, Oct. 28, 10am - 2pm. 

Pick up artwork accepted: Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 11am - 5pm, or Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am - 2pm.

Past events


Assemblages   July 27-August 26, 2017

"Assemblages" is a show of art made of more than one part or piece.   From the early days of Cubism to today, artists have been putting things together to create something new.  Your art may be as “natural” or “non-objective” as you like, as long as it’s made of different parts, glued, sewn, wired, whatever you think of, to stand up or hang on the wall.
The show was judged by Pat Viles, internationally acclaimed mixed media artist.
Congratulations to the winners:
First - Thrift Store Clock, by D.B. Morris
Second - Storm over the Mountain Lake, by Meredith Janssen
Third - Heron at Dusk, by Patrick Fullwood
Honorable mentions:
Ocean Queen, by Tereza Bentley
Red Fancy, by Evan Ellis-Raymer
Materialism, by Meredith Janssen
Family Memories, by Marion Lunneman
Peoples' Choice - Doors Unlocked and Opened, by, Hannah Grace

FCA Member Show June 21 - July 15

An exhibition showcasing the work of Full Circle Arts' Associate and Exhibiting members.


Fifth Annual  Tiny Art Show     May 11—June 10, 2017

The show was judged for ribbons by Jeff Kiefer, Visual Art Instructor at Catawba Valley Community College.  Congratulations to the winners: First: Tulips and Propane, by Karen Parker,  Second: Evening Stroll, by Eugenie B. Fein,  Third: Georgetown Waterfront Cafes, by Zan Thompson,  Honorable MentionsStarburst, by Carla Brandel,  Coffee Cup, by Carla Brandel,  Bread Butter & Bullet Holes, by Mark C. Hickman,  Untitled, by Beth Oczkowski,  The Incredible Ball, by Anita Rhoney.

Visitors have been voting for their favorite tiny art work.  The Peoples Choice is  Sunrise over the Mountains, by Beth Oczkowski.

Connections  March 16 - April 22, 2017
The theme of Connections was presented as a challenge to artists to use their imaginations.  What does this word bring to mind and how will you express it in your art?  The purpose of Connections is to give area artists a means to show art in all visual media. 

FCA appreciates the support of Tracey Horton, DDS, Luke Scheibner Insurance Services, William F. Straka, DDS, and an anonymous donor, for their support for this exhibition.

Judge for the exhibition was Liliya Zalevskaya, Gaston College Art Dept., Printmaking & Photography Instructor. Congratulations to the winners:


First - Buzz Browning, for Leaving Egypt,  acrylic

Second - Meredith Janssen, for Intimate Recital,  photo transfer & intaglio print

Third - Genie Greenlaw, for Heart of the Gallery,  wool

Honorable mentions - Max J. Herbert, for Green Radio,  acrylic

John Murgo, for Crashing Down, digital photo

Julian Phelps, for Escape,  mixed media

Zan Thompson, for Connection between Heaven and Earth,  watercolor



50 Shades: Black & White Photography  Jan. 19 - Feb. 25, 2017


The show was judged by Clayton Joe Young, award winning photographer with a background in photojournalism.

First: Meredith Janssen, for Geometrics, photo (digital)

Second: Tonya Holmes, for Confused in Snow, photography

Third: Jennifer Roten, for Lost in Thought - Bobcat Reflections, digital black & white   

Honorable mentions:

Gaye Aponte, for Sunny Sentry Box, photography

Tonya Holmes, for Forty One Floors, photography

Meredith Janssen, for Nature's Revenge, photo (digital)

John Murgo, for Tuscan, altered photograph

Jennifer Roten, for Solitary, digital black & white


Holiday Happenings  Dec. 3 - Jan. 7

Associate and exhibiting members show their work, paintings, sculpture, note cards, jewelry, photographs, and more, in celebration of the holiday season.  Now’s the time to shop for gifts.  Everything we offer is produced locally. 

Open House Saturday, December 10.

Fall Competition   October 27- November 26, 2016


An exhibition open to all visual artists.


Our thanks to Carl Cline of Resource Partners, LLC, to William F. Straka, DDS, PA, to Luke Scheibner Insurance Services, and to Pete and Virginia W. Sobotkin for their support.

We also thank many others who have helped make this exhibition possible, including Sinclair Productions   


The purpose of Fall Competition is to give area artists a means to show art in all visual media.  We believe in presenting ideas in visual as well as other means to promote communication and thoughtfulness among the people of our community.  There is no specific theme; all ideas are welcome.


Juror/Judge - Theresa Golas

Ms Golas has a strong background in fine arts and art history.  She currently works with the Community Foundation of Burke County.


Congratulations to the winners

First:  Patrick Fullwood   Effervescent, by Patrick Fullwood

Second:  Newton Canyon, by Zan Thompson

Third:  Edmund Pettus Bridge, by L. Michelle Bitler

Honorable mentions:

Penny for Your Thoughts, by Paige Anderson

Montgomery - Past & Present, by L. Michelle Bitler

Navajo Bowl #83, Tom Denne

Gathering Roses by Beth Oczkowski

Chandra's Beach View, by Zan Thompson


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