ARTrek Event Features Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas


CONTACT:  Barbara Simpson, Cultural Arts & Special Events Coordinator, or (334) 595-0854

September 9, 2014


The City of Prattville and the Prattauga Art Guild are excited to have Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas as the featured artist for the River Region Art Gallery Association 2014 ARTrek Event. Mr. Lucas has received international attention as a self-taught contemporary artist. His works are in museums and private collections around the world.

Charlie Lucas is an artist who has been described as a folk artist, an outsider artist, and a found object sculptor. He has worked as an artist for nearly 30 years and has traveled to Europe to work and exhibit as an artist in France and Italy. He has shown his work throughout the United States and has been honored many times. Still the Tin Man remains humble and works hard to tell his stories through his artwork. "Charlie has the ability to see something artistic and worthwhile in discarded bits of rusty tin and metal, old car and bicycle parts, and more. He wraps metal banding strips into full size horses with manes and tails seeming to fly in the wind. His works represent stories from his childhood and throughout his life. They depict relatives and people he has known all in a way that only Charlie can create," said Barbara Simpson of the City of Prattville Cultural Arts and Special Events Office.

The exhibit titled Art of the Spirit will feature new works by Mr. Lucas, including his new ceramic spirit masks. There will be sculptures, paintings, and three-dimensional wall pieces, all especially chosen for this exhibit by Charlie.

Charlie will be on hand to meet and talk with visitors to the Gallery at the Prattville Creative Arts Center on Sunday, September 14, from 2-4pm. There is no better way to view the work of the Tin Man than with a personal description of the pieces by the artist himself. The exhibit also will be open on Thursday evening, September 18, from 5:30-8:00pm along with other galleries throughout the River Region.

This is exhibit is free and open to the public during gallery hours Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm and Sundays from 1-4pm, and tours by calling the Special Events office at 334/595-0854.