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P.O. Box 334
301 N. Piedmont Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Hours: Tues - Sat from 10 am to 4 pm 

Admission is Free

704 739-5585 - after hours 803 448-4578

SASi is located in the historic Southern Railway Depot 
on the corner of N. Piedmont and Battleground Ave on NC 216, 
just two blocks north of downtown Kings Mountain.

Walking in Their Shoes:  

A Look at America 1937-44 Through the Paintings of Lucy Warlick


Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain, NC, 

will present an exhibition of works by Lucy Warlick on view September 5 through 30, 2017. 

For the painting series “Walking in Their Shoes” featured in this exhibition, Warlick takes inspiration from the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration photo and negatives archives, consisting of 175,000 black and white, copyright-free images that document the lives of American people living between the Great Depression and the years leading up to WWII. These intimate portraits of individuals, families, and their communities depict a nation’s daily life struggle in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. Warlick is most drawn to pictures of the South where cotton was still produced on small rural farms and where parades were the rule rather than the exception.  

Warlick’s main goal in this series is to entice people to exercise their “empathy muscles” by putting themselves into the shoes of the subjects of her paintings. “I hope they will remember or imagine the lives of their grandparents and even great-grandparents. I hope they will be curious and seek out the photos from the FSA, research the photographers, and familiarize themselves with this era culturally, politically, and artistically.”

Public Reception to meet the artist is Saturday September 23 from 6-8 pm. 

Dress is casual. 

Live music performed by The Legendary Briarhoppers.

Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Ave. at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground Avenues, Kings Mountain, NC, in the historic Southern Railway Depot. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits and art competitions, programs and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels. 

Hours: Tues – Sat, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is Free. 

For more information contact Southern Arts Society at 704-739-5585 or visit Email us at



SASi Calendar of Current Events

Sept 5 thru Sept 30:  Exhibit "Walking in Their Shoes" art of Lucy Warlick

September 5: SASi Program  
Demonstration of Scratch Board Art by Lori McAdams - Free 
Social Time 6:30, program begins at 7 pm

September 16: PORTRAIT DRAWING with Todd Baxter $$

September 23:  Public Reception - 6 to 8 pm FREE

"Walk in Their Shoes" (casual dress)
Live music with The Legendary Briarhoppers

September 22, 29, October 6: BEGINNING KNITTING with Phyllis Frye $$

Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise. 
$$ = Fee 


July 21:  Last day "Earth & Fire"

July 22: ACRYLIC 101 (Part 1) For Beginners with Ron Shepard $$
Learn the essentials of painting with acrylics

July 22 & 23: Deliver Art for "A FRESH LOOK" art competition $$

July 25 thru August 31:  "A FRESH LOOK" Exhibit

July 29: WATERCOLOR 101 (Part 2) For Beginners with Ron Shepard $$
Building layers of color to create beautifull abstract paintings

August 5:  Public Reception "A FRESH LOOK" (casual dress)

Children's Workshop:  July 31-August 4, ages 6 to 10 years old, 10 am-12 pm, cost $30

Children's Workshop: August 7-August 11, ages 11 to 14 years old, 10 am-12 pm, cost $30

August 12: ACRYLIC 101 (Part 2) for Beginners with Ron Shepard $$

 August 19: PAINTING in Oil or Acrylic  with James Norman  $$
for Intermediate and Advanced Artists

August 26: PASTEL Techniques and Tips… more than chalk!  with Malia Bryngelson $$

Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise. 
$$ = Fee 

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Southern Arts Society

  Southern Arts Society, Inc. (SASi) is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 by A.B. Mauney Snow and local artists. Our mission is to promote the arts by training the artist and educating the public to the many talents available in the community. We provide visual art displays in the community, scholarships for local students, and workshops open to all. A variety of classes in the arts and ceramics are offered throughout the year. While based in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, our membership extends throughout the Carolina's. We gladly welcome new members. All you need is a love and appreciation for the arts.

We meet the 1st Tuesday of each month September through June at 301 N. Piedmont Avenue in Kings Mountain. We have a brief business meeting followed by an artistic program, demonstration, or mini workshop at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are always Welcome!