October Arts Events Planned With Barton Artist-in-Residence Enzo Torcoletti

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“Mythos: From Concept to Creation” exhibition runs from October 12 – November 25. (Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Barton College Friends of Visual Arts will host its annual FOVA Fall Lecture and Dinner on October 15. (Reservations)

Workshops with the Artist-in-Residence will be held on October 17 and October 24. (Reservations)

Artist-in-Residence Gallery Talk on October 273 p.m. 

October Weekday Ceramic Studio Chats with Artist-in-Residence, 3-4 p.m.

Striding Victory by Enzo TorcolettiWILSON, N.C. October is shaping up to be a great month for art lovers, especially those with an interest in carving and sculpture. Barton College celebrates new Artist-in-Residence Enzo Torcoletti with a series of public events featuring the renowned sculptor. His new exhibition, “Mythos: From Concept to Creation,” opens at the Barton Art Galleries on Monday, Oct. 12, and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 25.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Barton College Friends of Visual Arts hosts its annual FOVA Fall Lecture and Dinner. A wine and cheese reception with the artist begins in the gallery at 5 p.m., followed by Torcoletti’s lecture at 6 p.m. Guests are then invited to Kennedy Family Theatre for dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets for the event are $35 per person, and reservations and payments must be received by Thursday, Oct. 8. FOVA members may reserve tickets for $25 per person. For more information, contact Frances Belcher, Office of Institutional Advancement, at (252) 399-6357 or fbelcher@barton.edu.

god-by-enzo-torcolettiAlso in October, two community workshops in the ceramic studio at Case Art Building will allow participants to work right alongside Torcoletti. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program focuses on ceramic sculpture. The second workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a focus on stone carving. Both workshops will feature demonstrations from the artist, and materials will be provided. There is no cost to attend these events, but reservations are required, and space is limited. Please bring a bagged lunch. To sign up, contact (252) 399-6477 or artgalleries@barton.edu.

While in residence at Barton, Torcoletti invites the community to visit him and his students for open ceramic studio chats. These will be held every weekday from 3-4 p.m. during the month of October. He will also host an informal gallery talk on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. These events are open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Born in Italy, Torcoletti attended art school there before moving to Canada, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1968, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Printmaking in 1969 from the University of Windsor. In 1971, he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at Florida State University, before moving to St. Augustine, Fla., where he resides today. Torcoletti is an Emeritus Professor of Art at Flagler College, having taught Sculpture, Drawing, and Art History since 1971. Over the last 35 years, he has been deeply involved with sculpture production, exhibits, and commissions. His work has been shown extensively and is included in numerous private and public collections in the United States and abroad. His sculptures have been featured in several publications, including “The Sculpture Reference Book,” and two other textbooks by Arthur Williams. Torcoletti has completed a number of commissions in a variety of media. During the last several years, he has directed his energies primarily to stone carving, a technique that has taken him to Portugal, England, and Italy, where he maintains a sculpture studio.

The Barton Art Galleries, located inside Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College, are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For additional information, contact (252) 399-6477 or artgalleries@barton.edu.

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