STEPHENVILLE (May 14, 2017) – Thursday evening the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council held a reception for its newest — and youngest — artists, Carter Cole and Connor Jones. The two boys’ exhibit consists of over 20 of their Lego creations and will be in the CTFAC gallery until June 30.
“This exhibit is awesome because it’s unusual and kind of one of a kind,” CTFAC executive director Julie Smith said. “I think it’s one of those special exhibits that has something for everybody of all ages, but especially for kids. We’ve already had record turnout for it, and I think that means so much to the young artists — but also to us. We like serving our community in that complete of a way.”
Carter began building with Legos at around seven years old. Connor began using Legos at four years old when he received a Lego set for Christmas. Both boys particularly love building with the Star Wars Lego sets.
“I kind of want to be an architect when I get older, so I kind of like building things,” Carter said.
Connor loves the challenge that comes with building with Legos. He said that he loves seeing the finished Lego creation.
“[The hardest part is] putting all of the pieces together and making them exactly like the directions,” Connor said.
Carter agreed with Connor, saying that messing up is difficult because he has to take everything apart until he gets back to that step. He can’t just fix it.
“I like seeing how [the Lego project] starts and how it looks in the middle and how it ends and how it changes,” Carter said.
Connor’s favorite creations are the Star Wars Star Destroyer and the United States Capitol Building. Carter built both the Lego Death Star and Cinderella’s Castle, which are his two favorite creations. The Death Star took him five days.
“I got up in the morning and worked until seven or eight [p.m.],” Carter said.
Both boys are actively involved in other activities as well. Carter plays basketball on the HJH seventh grade basketball team, is a member of FCA and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and plays trumpet for the HJH band.
Connor is a Boy Scout in Troop 39. He also enjoys camping, fishing, baseball and basketball.
Both Carter and Connor were excited about the exhibit and their reception, which many of their friends attended. Carter said he was proud that he got to participate.
“I think it’s really good because I can show everybody what me and Carter can do,” Connor said.