Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina. Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 81 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering. While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows visitors to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.
Tucker's Gallery gets its name from Lenoir's history books. The Tucker family settled in the area around 1797 and their barn was likely located on what is now Norwood Street, not far from the Caldwell Arts Council. Tucker's Barn was a voting precinct, a muster ground, a store and a place for "frolics" and celebrations. At least one large Fourth of July celebration included a drum corps, a march of Revolutionary veterans and speeches by General William Lenoir. Tucker's Barn became a large meeting place for many gatherings and was so popular a fiddle tune was composed and written titled "Tucker's Barn." Doc Watson eventually recorded this tune in 1964 on an album titled, "The Watson Family Tradition."
Tucker's Gallery was begun by two local sculptors: Keith Willis and Suzette Bradshaw. The concept was to have an outdoor gallery for sculpture along the streets of Lenoir. They partnered with the city of Lenoir who installed planters in downtown Lenoir. Twelve of those planters have bases in them that allow for the rotation of sculpture. Artwork in Tucker's Gallery is on display for one year and is available for purchase. The gallery is now managed by the Caldwell Arts Council.
Click here for the Sculpture Placement Agreement / Sculpture Installation & Inspection Form which will be completed upon acceptance of your application
SCULPTURES CURRENTLY FOR SALE IN TUCKER'S GALLERY:
ORANGE by John Ross, Morganton NC - $800
BUTTERFLY SPINNER by Raymond Giddens, Simpsonville SC - $1,195
THREE RINGS TO MOVE by Anita Funston, Hendersonville NC - $730
INNER VOICE by Jim Weitzel, Forest City NC - $3,000
CAGE SPINNER by Raymond Giddens, Simpsonville SC - $1,350
MEDUSA by Raymond Giddens, Simpsonville SC - $2,000
KING OF STEAMPUNK by Raymond Giddens, Simpsonville, SC - $995
BLUE TREE OF HEAVEN by Raymond Giddens, Simpsonville, SC - $700
INTERCONNECTED by Desmond Lewis, Memphis TN - $1200
ARCANE MECHANISM by David Q. Sheldon, Asheville NC - $3200
A NEW ARISE by Desmond Lewis, Memphis TN - $2600
SHELL COMPOSITION by Gary Colson, Culpeper, VA - $5000
UAUNDO by Jim Weitzel, Forest City NC - $2500 - SOLD August 2016
LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND - Ray Giddens, Simpsonville SC - $1,200 - SOLD summer 2016
REVOLUTION RISE - Desmond Lewis, Memphis TN - $1,800 - SOLD summer 2016