For more than two decades, Keith Carter used his imagination to create animation, comic books and commercial art.
In a few weeks, the Sampson County community will have an opportunity to see it up close. The Victor R. Small House in downtown Clinton is celebrating the work of Carter from Sept. 10 through Oct. 15. Located at 709 College St., the gallery is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
“One of my 3-D movies is going to be playing,” Carter said. “You’re definitely going to need 3-D glasses, which will provided because one room will be nothing but 3-D.”
An opening reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. During the event, Carter will be available to sign merchandise such as comics, graphic novels, trading cards, prints and DVDs. He plans to have a life-size figure from his vampire film, “Orlok.”
Also, Carter said his work will be affordable for people in this area.
“Everything that I have will be affordable,” he said about providing artwork for the common man. “If they want to invest in a good piece of art, it’s going to be affordable.”
In 1993, Carter, a Native American of Coharie descent, began his career in animation with News In Motion. He also worked with Disney, Lucas Films, National Geographic and PBS. Along the way, Carter developed his craft of animated storytelling. He’s currently a broadcast animator for USA Today and has garnered Emmy nominations. Recently, he’s worked on a Star Trek trading card series for Rittenhouse Archives.
Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council, said the organization is excited about having Carter’s work on display.
“He’s a very talented animation artist,” Donatelli said about the artist with ties to the area. “We are thrilled to showcase him.”
Donatelli said the Council has never hosted an animation exhibit at the Victor R. Small House Gallery. She believes a lot of people are going to have an interest in attending to see the artwork.
“It’s going to be something new and different for our gallery,” Donatelli said. “He’s going to bring in a young crowd.”
Carter is looking forward to local residents to observe his works and for everybody to become more familiar with his work.
“What I ‘m hoping for is for people to come and have a good time,” Carter said about the variety of work that will be on display. “I think it’ll be an interesting show for people who don’t know people get paid money to do that.”
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