Upcoming Exhibits








Strokes of Color: Artwork by Beril Cakir

May 2 – August 12

Beril Cakir, a trained medical professional, uses her experiences at work to fuel her passion for art. “The act of painting started as a hobby for me, as a way to release the stress and sadness I witness daily at work.”  Although her only formal art education was a class in acrylic painting at Gaston College, she has been exposed to art throughout her life growing up in Turkey and traveling widely throughout Europe.  “Impressionist paintings have struck a particular chord for me, allowing me to see the exceptional color palette that surrounds me here at home in North Carolina.” 


Come check out her vibrant paintings starting May 2nd



Second Floor

Cabinet of Curiosities

May 27, 2017 – March 3, 2018

What is a cabinet of curiosities?  The term “cabinet” originally described a room rather than a piece of furniture. These rooms, formally started in the sixteenth century, held large collections of unique objects. They served to demonstrate a person’s wealth and power, as well as provide entertainment for people to experience the strange and different.  Some collections served a more scholarly function and were used as a teaching and research tool.


This exhibit is a throwback to the early cabinet of curiosities. Highlighted are some of the collection objects that have never been seen before – some unique, some a little odd, and some common items that look a little different today.   






Gaston College Annual Art Show

April 15 – May 13, 2017


This year’s Gaston College Visual & Performing Arts Club (GCVPAC) hosts a juried contemporary art show that includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and graphics.  This will mark the eleventh year that the Gaston County Museum and the GCVPAC have collaborated on this show. Their goal is to create exhibitions that feature local artists and students within a larger contemporary context. The dialogue between local and regional artists created by the show is critical to the success of our local arts community. This dialogue plays a key role in positioning Gaston County as an important regional artists’ community.






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