Art In Healing Gallery-2nd Quarter 2012-Tommy Stine Nature Photography
The Art in Healing Gallery is located within Caldwell Memorial Hospital at 321 Mulberry Street SW in Lenoir. Patrons may enter the hospital gallery from the Mulberry Street entrance between the hours of 8am-7pm. The exhibit is FREE to the public. For more information, please contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828 754 2486.
APRIL - JUNE 2012
TOMMY STINE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
The second quarter exhibit will feature beautiful nature photography by Hickory photographer Tommy Stine.
Tom Stine was born in Hickory, N.C. After attending two years of college he joined the Southern Railway Co. and worked there for twenty two years before taking a severance pay. He is a veteran who served in the Army National Guard for six years and has a daughter and son who live in Hickory with their families.
Stine developed his God-given artistic talent by self teaching and some tutoring. After winning many awards, some first place and best of show, he opened up an art gallery and frame shop to show and sell his work.
His rural, mountain scenes, portraits, and buildings are displayed in hospitals, courthouses, private homes and corporate buildings in the United States and some foreign countries. Some of his commissions are owned by Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins, Southern Railway Co., N.C. Collection Library, Corning, Alcatel and Comscope.
His work was represented at the Ariel Gallery in Soho, N.Y. Laura Bush commissioned him to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 2008. He received an invitation from Laura to attend a party and reception to view the tree. The ornament is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.
Tom is an active member of Tri-City Baptist Church. He is past president of the Hickory Landmarks Society and currently on the board of directors. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Archaeological Society. His love for art, photography and archaeology has taken him on several trips to the Andian Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. He visited the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at the head of the Amazon River.
Tom's artwork is mainly executed in transparent water color, but has done many etchings, acrylics, oils and egg temperas in his realistic style. Since recently taking up photography his photographs have been selected and displayed in many national contests.