Public Library accepts artwork from local artists

GASTONIA – The Gaston County Public Library Board of Trustees recently accepted original paintings from local artists Tony Deuters and John Bradshaw Rankin.

The gifts were formally accepted as an addition to the Gaston County Public Library’s permanent art collection at the Board of Trustees Oct. 18 meeting. The 30-by-28-inch impressionistic painting, titled “Canadian Independence Day Celebration,” by Deuters, depicts a street celebration of the annual Canadian holiday. The 1988 piece, semi-abstract impressionistic/expressionist oil painting by Rankin, depicts the Rankin family ranch in Gaston County, “reflecting the artist’s childhood memories of summer days with his four siblings … at the ranch’s bucolic setting.

The paintings will be on display at the Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd. Previous to settling in Gastonia more than 10 years ago, Rankin worked as an architect, a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, a movie and television set designer, an interior designer and a hypnotist. Rankin began painting at age 12 and has taught at Gaston College, Central Piedmont Community College, Sacred Heart College, Johnson C. Smith University, Queens College, Belmont Abbey College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

For more information about the piece or other Gaston County Public Library resources, services and activities, call 704-868-2164.

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