One of the works of art that will be shown during the exhibit

Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center in Southern Pines presents “Beyond Reality: A Collection of Abstract Art” from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) at 1662 Richards St, Southern Pines.

“We are thrilled to present day program attendees’ paintings and pottery created after studying the key elements of abstract design,” says Bob Huber, MCACC’s community engagement team leader. The exhibit will also feature abstract-designed paintings and pottery created by local community artists, including artists from the Artists League of the Sandhills and the Sanford Brush and Palette Guild.

The event will be interactive. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaboratively create an abstract painting, tour the facility and meet the artists. Light snacks and coffee, donated by the local Starbucks, will be provided. The event is free of charge and is open to the public.

“We are excited and proud to showcase the work of the people we support, alongside artists within the community,” says Huber. “Our artists are passionate about their craft and delighted to show off and convey their unique ideas of abstract art.” 

MCACC’s “Monarch Gallery: Where Art Takes Flight” gallery opened last year and features handmade pottery and artwork made by people Monarch supports with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The gallery operates during 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. It also alternates exhibits of local artists’ works.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a nonprofit organization that provides innovative support to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders in North Carolina. Monarch is accredited by The Joint Commission. The organization operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States or visit

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