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September Art After Hours

Artist Dick Larsen

Art After Hours is a monthly Art Walk event hosted by businesses in Downtown Wake Forest along S. White Street.  Art After Hours, which occurs every second Friday of the month, gives artists and musicians a chance to grow in their areas of interest by providing them with a space to display their talents and increase their local fan base.  On September 12, invite all of your friends and family to come stroll along S. White Street in downtown Wake Forest to receive a glimpse of the talent that will be on display.  From 6-9pm, The Cotton Company will be hosting an artist reception for well-known Pet Portrait Artist, Dick Larsen.

Dick’s plans for his Art After Hours exhibit are to feature several dog and cat paintings, as well as two large still life paintings.  He reflected on the fact that still life works are just not as personal as painting a portrait of someone’s pet.  He stated, “People spend so much money on their pets. There’s been some statistics that recently came out that people spend millions, even billions, of dollars on their pets.”

When asked about how he began to paint people’s pets in the first place, he said,

One person just asked me if I would paint their dog and I did. I liked how it turned out, and I’ve been painting dogs ever since!

Dick is always inside his studio at The Cotton Company working on a painting of someone’s furry friend, often pausing in the process to figure out which color combination would get a dog’s hair color or eye color to stand out just right.

Dick Larsen will be a part of the Wake Forest Tour of Artists on September 6th and 7th.  In addition, his Art After Hours exhibit is Free and Open to the Public and will be hanging in The Cotton Company Gallery Alcove from September 8th to October 5th.  Meet Dick at his artist reception on September 12th from 6pm to 9pm at The Cotton Company in downtown Wake Forest, NC.  There will be free house wine samples and light refreshments as you speak with one of the most well-known artists in the area!

The Cotton Company is a boutique marketplace shopping destination and art gallery in the heart of downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina. With over sixty individual businesses and artists, we strive to support small businesses and drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the vendors who reside inside.

For more information call April Cannon at (919) 570-0087.









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