The Stokes County Arts Council is honored to exhibit the beautiful artwork of local artist Frank Duncan at the Hanging Rock Park Gallery during the months of December and January. An opening reception will be held in his honor on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hanging Rock Park Visitors Center, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and viewing of Duncan’s work. The Hanging Rock Park Visitors Center is open on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Frank Duncan (originally from Efland, NC) resides in Stokes County. Duncan has become known all over the foothills of North Carolina as the “Stokes County” artist. He began his career after he graduated from Alamance Community College in 1972 with a degree in Technical Illustration. He worked as a draftsman and machine designer for twenty-five years in corporate business and in 1997 started his own business called “Artwork of Frank Duncan.” Duncan’s previous design experience gave him the foundation for the detail that is displayed in his artwork.
Duncan, who is from Orange County, came to Stokes with his wife Jeannie and two sons, Adam and Mark, 31 years ago. The family bought an old farmhouse with several barns, including a pack house, on twelve acres of land. The pack house has been converted into his studio. He came to Stokes County to escape the development that was sweeping other parts of North Carolina. In a rural area like Stokes County, Duncan reveals his admiration for the sense of community that has helped to create the setting for an artist such as himself.
Duncan is well known for many of his limited edition prints especially “First Tracks at Seven Island” and “Last Tracks at Seven Island Bridge.” He uses watercolor, which allows him to give his artwork more detail. Other limited edition prints reflect how people in Stokes County lived, worked and played in the tobacco fields and wooded mountain landscapes. His artwork depicts a way of life that is gone or disappearing.
New this year “Is Any Thing Too Hard?” Two more recent releases include “Grazing Mustang” and “Just Peachy.” In addition to the several limited edition prints, Duncan has several small open edition prints as well as original paintings. Most subject matter for his paintings are taken from the rural scenes of Stokes County. He frames his own artwork and also provides custom framing for the public. His art studio is located in central Stokes County, near Danbury, on Duggins Road.
For more information about this exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council located at 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina, or you may call (336) 593-8159 or visit our website at www.stokesarts.org or Frank’s website at www.frankduncanartwork.com. This exhibit is free and open to the public.