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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.

Kick-off party for Downtown Hickory Art Crawl, Thursday, September 21, beginning 5pm.

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

Viewing of auction items begins September 7.


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

Past events

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

Full Circle Arts' Eighth Annual Silent Auction  September 15 - October 6 

We have had a successful auction.  Our thanks to everyone who helped.   This event supports the arts by helping Full Circle Arts continue its exhibitions and programs. 

Fourth Annual Tiny Art Show July 14—August 13, 2016

This is a show of small art in all sorts of media.
No piece is larger that seven inches, although frames may be as large as 12 inches.

The show was judged by Clarissa Starnes, Galleria and Collections Manager, Hickory Museum of Art.

Prizes are tiny ribbons hand-made by Genie Greenlaw.

Congratulations to the winners.

First prize: Deber Klein for China Town Market, oil on gessoed paper

Second prize: Janice Jackson for Fall River, pastel

Third prize: Matthew W. Strawn for View from Whipporwill, line etching with aquatint

Honorable mentions:

Harold Humphrey for Leaf, digital / monoprint

Meredith Janssen for In the Cool Grass, watercolor

Varian Swieter for Pear, stoneware

Zan Thompson for No Fishing--Private Lake, watercolor

Carol Turner for Lagoon, mixed media on wc paper

And congratulations to the winner of the People's Choice Award, P.L. Rhodes for Tiny Hands Making Tiny Art, mixed media

 FCA Member Show   June 9 - July 2

We had a great turnout for the FCA Members Show, with 50 works on display.   Lisë Swensson, Director of the Hickory Museum of Art, chose the prizes.   Winners are:


First prize: Harold Humphrey for Trinities,

Second prize: Richard Sinclair for Field Ready

Third prize: Tom Helfert for Daly Awaits the Whistle

Honorable mentions:

Jan Jackson for The Thunder Rolls

Clay James for Tempest

Meredith Janssen for Desert Landscape

Ellen Schwarzbek for untitled (15-20)

Varian Lee Swieter for Abstract Plate

Zan Thompson for Small Town Gathering Places  



 Gallery Sitters Needed