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“Art from the Holler” Folk Art by Cher Shaffer

March 22, 2019 - May 30, 2019

The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Mike’s Art Truck are proud to present artwork by North Carolina artist Cher Shaffer at the Alexander Dickson House in Hillsborough, NC. “Art from the Holler by Cher Shaffer” is a new selection of unique creations by one of our state’s best-loved self-taught artists. The show is on display now through May 30, 2019, in the historic building which houses the Hillsborough Visitors Center.

At her home “down in the holler” in rural Appalachia, Cher Shaffer draws, paints, sculpts, or assembles art every day, as she has done for more than four decades. Over the years, her art has followed her life’s meandering path, growing and changing with her own self-awareness. As a young mother of three, Shaffer first painted rural landscapes in a traditional folk-art style, work that was charming, yet constrained. Gradually, as she and the children grew, her art became more fluid and introspective. Now in her senior years, Shaffer feels liberated and open as an artist, free to express her emotions, and receptive to enlightenment from any source. She works quickly, spontaneously, and relentlessly, completely consumed by creative forces. Reflecting her own optimistic energy, Cher Shaffer’s fanciful paintings and assemblages are infused with joy and humor.

“Art from the Holler” is Cher Shaffer’s second collaboration with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Mike’s Art Truck. The artwork was chosen by the artist herself, especially for this show in Hillsborough.

Exhibition artwork is available for purchase directly through Mike’s Art Truck and can be picked up after the conclusion of the show. Contact Mike’s Art Truck for information by email at, or visit their website at

The Alexander Dickson House and Hillsborough Visitors Center is located at 150 E. King St., in downtown Hillsborough. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public during regular visitor hours. Free parking is available. For more information about Historic Hillsborough, including the Visitors Center, please visit


Alexander Dickson House
150 E. King St.
Hillsborough, 27278
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