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Metallic art on display at MacCallum More
SoVaNow.com / September 04, 2013
Fred Cartwright has always liked art in one way or another. As a child he would make things out of wood or clay. In school he took art, leather, and drafting classes. As a young adult he worked in construction. He was hired at a welding company were he really had a chance to use his creative skills. He would stay late and make little things out of scrap metal. Fred’s boss saw that he had a love for art and sent him to painting classes, where the teacher would have Fred teach part of the class because Fred had more tricks to show the other students than the teacher did.
Fred worked for this welding company for 20 years until the company was sold and Fred opened his own shop, Bonanza Custom Metals. At the time, he was living in Napa Valley, California.
Four years ago Fred got word that his mother and father’s health was failing so he closed his business and move to South Hill to help care for them. Fred lived off his savings and spent all his time fixing up his parents’ house and caring for them. After his parents went to be with the Lord, Fred joined the Chase City Art Club and began to show his art everywhere he could.
The people of the art club have been a very big help in showing Fred where to go and helping him meet new people. Fred has also worked on a project to help bring tourism to the area by creating a metal sculpture entitled “Hang Your Hat and Stay Awhile” that was donated to Chase City.
This sculpture along with many other of Fred’s artworks will be on exhibit at the MacCallum More Museum & Gardens in Chase City. There will be a reception on Sunday, September 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to come out and see the wonderful metal sculptures and other artwork on display. If you see one you like and it has been sold, Fred would be delighted to take the order and create one just for you.