October Gallery Artist
Rogelio Calvo


Photo Credit: Amanda Caldwell

Rogelio Calvo is a Panamanian/American artist working in oils and printmaking, creating art that reveals the richness of his heritage. Rogelio is also the former Executive Director of the Iredell Arts Council and is a professor at Mitchell Community College, teaching drawing, printmaking and painting. Many will recognize Rogelio as an essential figure moving visual arts forward in Statesville, a strong supporter of performing arts and his neighbors.


We asked Calvo to describe his art and life. His response, as always, is open and enlightening;  "My interest in the visual arts began in elementary school. We didn’t have a strong art program and the only opportunities to create anything were when we had literature, science, or history projects where I took the lead and decided to add visual elements to mine. 

The act of making art creates a space to be at home in. In this sense, the space becomes a place, a house a home, a person, the painting a place of meaning and hospitality. My work intends to invite my audience in and feel welcome; to share an experience."

"I have always been expressing parts of my life, beliefs, and experiences in my work, through descriptive or inventive techniques. I hope my use of imagery can reach my audience through its universal nature. The idea of not isolating people but finding common ground has been one of my guiding principles in making art. Throughout my career, my work has changed but the directives have become clearer and more objective. I have worked as an art instructor and in other positions to support the art and my life, and I have always chosen the path of creativity and art. Now I am in a position where I am making art full time, and teaching fewer courses at the local community college.


If there is anything good to be learned from a pandemic, it is that we no longer have time to wait. My focus has shifted in the past two years. I make art to sustain my life."


A collection of Rogelio's autobiographical paintings, never exhibited previously, will be on display in our gallery through  October 28th.  An Artist Reception, honoring Rogelio Calvo,  will be held Thursday, October 7th, beginning at 5:30pm. Join us at the Old Jail, enjoy this lively exhibit and a conversation with the artist. Public welcome/encouraged. Refreshments served. Masks required.

Visit Rogelio's website: Jose Rogelio Calvo 




Local Artist Spotlight


Every third Thursday we host a live show featuring local artists at 7:30 pm. Original work is encouraged in our 

music-focused listening room setting.

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October 21, 2021 

7:30 PM




Asheville based musician, Vanden Landers performing Country Blues and Folk style Americana. 

Limited seating is available.

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Thursday, December 10th

7:30 PM

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