INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT
Sechrest Gallery to Celebrate Bob Timberlake's Art Career and 75th Birthday
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 28, 2012 - High Point University will showcase the work of renowned American Realist painter Bob Timberlake, who will present "Seven Decades of Art - 75th Birthday Exhibition." The exhibition opens on March 14 and will remain through May 5 in the Sechrest Gallery on the HPU campus. It is open to the public.

The exciting exhibition, which coincides with the Spring High Point Furniture Market and Bob Timberlake's introduction of a new furniture line, will present 75 of Timberlake's original paintings, along with many pieces of interesting memorabilia from his career. The show will feature artwork that spans a lifetime of creativity, from 1942 through 2012 - even including a crayon drawing Timberlake completed at the age of 5, as well as his latest release of "Hydrangeas," which was completed this year.

Timberlake, North Carolina's most recognized and successful living artist, has drawn inspiration from people, places and objects that capture his southern heritage by sharing it with the world through his timeless tempera and watercolor paintings. In 1969, at the age of 33, he was encouraged by the legendary Andrew Wyeth to devote himself to painting. Success came immediately. His first exhibition in Winston-Salem in 1970, followed by three one-man shows at New York's Hammer Galleries, were sold out days before their openings. He has had numerous solo museum exhibitions, including the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Frye Museum in Seattle and the Isetan Gallery in Tokyo.

Timberlake has received many honors over the years, including the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal for Artistry (the only artist to ever receive this award), the American Forestry Award, the North Carolina Public Servant of the Year, the First Iron Eyes Cody Award, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and named the North Carolina Press Association's North Carolinian of the Year in 1998.

"At High Point University we are honored to be a chosen venue for this major retrospective exhibition by one of North Carolina's own important and renowned artists," says Maxine Campbell, curator of the Sechrest Gallery. "Having this exhibition run concurrently with the High Point Furniture Market will give more widespread exposure of Bob Timberlake's work to visitors from around the world, as well as offer the local community a unique glimpse of his work."

Gallery hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Call 336-841-4685 for more information.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of "Colleges of Distinction," as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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