UNCP museum hosts new exhibition


The Native American Resource Center (NARC) at UNC Pembroke announced the opening of a new art exhibit, “Two Locklears, Different Sets” on Thursday, November 11 with a 7 p.m. reception.


Mule’s Rest (oil) by Marie Louise Locklear

“The exhibition is a collection of very fine works by two Lumbee artists, Marie Louise Locklear and Chalmers Locklear,” said Dr. Stan Knick, director of the museum. “As the title of the show implies, although they share the same name, they are from different sets of Locklears. Nevertheless, both of these artists display a very high degree of talent.”

Chalmers Locklear grew up in the Evans Crossroads community, the grandson of Chalmers and Gretchen Locklear, and has been painting for more than 20 years. His acrylic paintings are deep and richly colored and show a close attention to detail.

Grizzley (mixed media) by Chalmers Locklear

“His still-life piece, “Peaches and Grapes,” is a lovely example of how something as ordinary as fruit can be taken to a high aesthetic plane when seen in the eye and touched by the hand of an accomplished artist,” Dr. Knick said. “Locklear’s mixed-media works incorporate painting, feathers, leather and beadwork into delicate ensembles of beauty and meaning - for example, his “American Icon” features an eagle painted on a feather.

Locklear also works with gourds, combining pyrography, carving and sometimes inlayed stone. Two good examples are “Bear, Birds, Gecko” and “Dancing Kokopelli.”

Marie Louise Locklear paints with oil and acrylic.

“Locklears are all over the place and all over the country,” Marie Louise Locklear said. “But I was born a Locklear along the Zambezi River in Zambia, Africa.”

peaches and grapes
Peaches and Grapes (Acrylic) by Chalmers Locklear

The daughter of missionaries to that southern African country, she is the granddaughter of Hosbie and Carlan Locklear. Her oil and acrylic paintings show an intense control of light and dark, shadow and shade.

“Marie’s human faces are sensitively subtle, and delicately alive,” Dr. Knick said. “The mother and child portrait, “Peaceful Reverie,” is a wonderful example of how a talented artist can make a profound statement using a relatively small amount of paint.”

Chovu, Chovu (oil) by Marie Louise Locklear

Prints of her oil painting of an old tobacco barn, “Mule’s Rest,” are available for sale. Her light-hearted “Summer’s Rest,” a sailboat dancing in the waves, and her close-ups of various plants and animals, reveal the broad range of artistic expression of which she is capable.

“Taken as a whole, ‘Two Locklears, Different Sets’ dramatically demonstrates that both Chalmers and Marie Louise have come into their own as mature artists, and that they both have a bright future in the field,” Dr. Knick said.

"Two Locklears, Different Sets" will be on display in the Native American Resource Center in Old Main Building on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke through February 2005.

There will be a reception in the NARC Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m. The artists will be present, and refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited.

For more information, contact the Native American Resource Center at 910.521.6282.