“My art began at the beach. Walking along the shoreline, I started to see stories in driftwood. My spirit say, Grab that. You can use it. So, I listened. My collecting began with just driftwood – all shapes and sizes, all with different stories – then blocks, metal, paper, and nails. These were all pieces of a larger puzzle. Going through them, I began to assemble these items that others had discarded and brought them back to life in what I call a visual display. Each display is message about a social issue facing people around the world. My goal is to get people to think – to get people to talk – to get people to act.” – DeWayne Barton
The best place to experience Barton’s art is his sculpture park/outdoor classroom in the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens, some photos of which can be seen below.
Public art is a priority. In addition to the sculptures and black history paintings at the Peace Gardens, Barton was instrumental in the Hillcrest Community Mural Project, the mural of E.W. Pearson on the Burton Street Community Center, and murals at the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center.
He is the recipient of a 2016-2017 NC Arts Council Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency grant. Barton is also part of the Affrilachian Artists Project, an organization establishing a sustainable community-building platform for artists of color from and inspired by the Appalachian region.
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Top photo by Pat Barcas.