Carpenter’s gallery talk, reception set for March 17

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Montevallo Arts Council welcomes artist, author and musician Michael Carpenter for a reception and gallery talk surrounding his current exhibit at Parnell Memorial Library, “Visual Tongues.”

This event is free and open to the public on Sunday, March 17 at 3-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

A reception and gallery talk for artist, author and musician Michael Carpenter is scheduled for March 17 at the Parnell Memorial Library in Montevallo. (Contributed)

Carpenter describes the genesis of his work this way: “I grew up amazed by the colors and shapes of things around me. Beginning at the age of 4 I suffered from asthma and would have these fever dreams that lasted for hours. The mesmerizing shapes were so real and vivid. Although the colors and images terrified me they intrigued me as well. During those hallucinations I remembered the places the dreams would take me. As time passed I was able to see the images without nausea and shortness of breath. Therefore, while drawing or even looking at other things I would see these visions as I call them. To this day I go to another place whenever I draw. I can never reproduce a piece. Every piece is special. Every piece is in my visions and their interpretation is for all who would see, Visual Tongues.”

Carpenter has written a book that accompanies his artwork, and he will be offering copies for sale and signing his books at the reception. He will also perform his music. Carpenter’s work will remain on exhibit through March 29.

For more information about the event, contact montevalloartscouncil@gmail.com.