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Art Contest

Posted October 14, 2009

What was your favorite art project? Any funny stories you’d like to share?

I was never very good at art. I could barely draw a stick figure as a kid. I loved art and still do but I just don’t have a knack for drawing and painting.

My favorite art project is one beginning this Friday at Louisburg College. It involves my father’s art. Louisburg College is opening a special month-long exhibit of William Leslie’s mountain watercolors. We will kick things off Friday night, October 16, with an 8:00PM concert by my band, Bill Leslie & Lorica, Plus, for the first time we will publicly unveil at Louisburg College nearly 30 paintings from my dad’s collection. We’re calling the exhibit and concert “Blue Ridge Reunion” based on the title of a book and CD about my dad’s art work.

Tickets to the concert are available by calling the Louisburg College Box Office at (919) 497-3300 (local) or toll-free at 1–866-773-6354. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of show. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, from 1-5 p.m. in the main lobby of the Louisburg College’s Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium, as well as one and a half hours before show time. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats are not reserved. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at

I’ll give a pair of tickets to the concert and gallery exhibit to the person with the best art story. Maybe it’s a tale about a treasured family heirloom or something humorous from your childhood or perhaps a trip to a gallery.

Paint us a picture with your clever words.


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  • no more - no less Oct 15, 2009

    Thank you for sharing your father's art work with us from time to time. I really enjoy seeing his works of art.

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Oct 15, 2009

    My best art story actually comes from a conversation today with my sister. I am back in school pursuing a degree and having to take art to graduate. She said that when she was in school she excelled in her art class because she realized that art was not meant to be a photographic representation of a moment in time, but a representation of the feelings from that moment. I have a new found respect for my art class and my sister.

  • lseltmann Oct 14, 2009

    The art class I remember the most was one I took in high school. I'd say I am mediocre in most mediums but Coach Mauney was always ready to help. One of my friends and I made up words to Billy Idol's Mony,Mony song about his helping students with their drawings; it was pretty funny. I did enjoy one project in particular of taking a picture from a newspaper and creating a wood-cut. I did one of a soldier. I enjoyed doing the wood-cut so much that after that class I did several more on my own, some of which I printed into greeting cards to send to friends and family.

  • dnrkearney2 Oct 14, 2009

    Mrs.Mattie Wilder, Ferrells Elementary School Samaria/Middlesex, mother of one son, but mothered hundreds!

  • fishnett5977 Oct 14, 2009

    I vote for alipack23!!! lol dnrkearney2 - you reminded me of other art classes,vacation bible school and others that let you use what you had. I remember doing the screen printing with the wire screen, some paint and paper and a toothbrush! With the leaves on the paper you splattered it with the toothbrush over the screen and the result was very pretty. And drawing with many colors, then coloring it all with a black crayon and taking a sharp object, making a picture that had all different colors in it on the lines. My boys and I when they were young, did a cut out star - the pattern was a star that my Mama had saved when she quilted as a girl - and we traced it onto cardboard. They covered it with aluminum(tin)foil and it was our Christmas tree topper for many years. Yep, money was tight then too! I still have it and it goes near the top - always!!! They tease about it but I know if I throw it away they would be sad!lol

  • alipack23 Oct 14, 2009

    As a child, I entered my art into local church contests. At age 14, I decided I would enter a cross-stitch piece depicting "The Last Supper". It was in November that I began and knew that it would be due in January. I worked and worked on it...and then came the busy holidays. To make a long story short, the deadline came nearer and I wasn't finished! I remember the day I had to turn it in...I was in the backseat of our family van cross-stitching away. I was determined to turn it in even if it wasn't entirely complete. I did what I could and was still placing it neatly in the frame as we walked through the doors to turn it in. Later that day, I was called in for the routine questions by the judges...when asked why it wasn't complete, I answered "Like the piece, we are also incomplete and Jesus is forever changing us like an unfinished tapestry". I WON THE CONTEST!!! :-)

  • bleslie Oct 14, 2009

    Yes, you are absolutely on target, fishnett!
    BTW, dnrkearney - what was the name off your art tescher?

  • dnrkearney2 Oct 14, 2009

    Bill, my elememtary art class revolved around seasons. Making a folder with construction paper,decorating with cut-out hearts, to hold our Valentines. Using popsicles sticks to make a beautiful picture frame for Mothers Day. Pressing autumn leaves between paper with the heaviest book available,the dictionary.Winter snowflake cut outs hanging from a wire clothes hanger for a mobile. Growing up in rural Nash County our teacher was resourceful with limited funds. She encouraged
    reading and book reports to further our interest. The boys were encouraged to assist in building things for our classrooms, the girls,painting/staining/decorating new bookcases.Oh,we did make our own clay,and made ashtrays.UGLY! She showed us her reel to reel home movies of the Great Smokies, Yosemite, Grand Canyon,
    the Pacific Ocean and Yellowstone urging us to read and explore these great United States filled with God's handiwork. She was my teacher 3rd,4th,5th,6th grade and influenced my life in the early 60s.

  • fishnett5977 Oct 14, 2009

    Bill, I am like you. I see it in my mind and heart but it loses something in the transition from head to hand! lol My story is from my childhood. We worked in clay back in "the day" in art class at school. I made my Mama, who was a smoker, a ashtray. Ugly was not EVEN a good word for it! lol My Mama, bless her heart, took that horrible looking excuse for an ashtray and used it for many many years. I guess me having put "I love you Mama!" on the sides of it might have been the reason why she kept it. I threw it away many years ago,after her death.It was crumbing,fading, wasting away with time. But I did with great sadness in my heart,because now I was a Mama and I knew what it meant to her. I envy anyone who has talent to draw,write,sculpt or anything creative. If you have any talent, dont waste it, use it! It will make a difference in your life and someone elses too!!! Right Bill??? ;)

  • bleslie Oct 14, 2009

    Great story Goldenlover! Thanks for sharing.




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