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20 Years in the Cellar

Article Published: May. 24, 2012 | Modified: May. 27, 2012
20 Years in the Cellar

The Art Cellar Gallery is showcasing the artwork of Ronan Peterson, including decorative and functional earthenware vessels.
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May marks the beginning of The Art Cellar Gallery’s 20th anniversary season, and the celebration begins this week with the opening of the first show and a reception on Saturday, May 26.

Ronan Peterson and Robert Eoff are the featured artists from May 24 through June 23. Everyone is invited to celebrate the artists and their new work at the opening reception on Saturday, May 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Ronan Peterson’s show is titled “Woodland Humor,” which relates to his interpretation of both real and imagined phenomena in the natural world. His highly decorative and functional earthenware vessels suggest tree stumps and plants, often including small depictions of insects, all with a sense of humor and lots of color. Peterson, a North Carolina native, has received wide recognition for his distinctive interpretations in clay and exhibits his work locally and nationally.

“What a View” is the title of Robert Eoff’s show, which also opens this week and shows his artistic and literal view of regional scenes. This show is the first to feature his works in oil, as well as his popular watercolors, each depicting a range of subjects from the banks of the Linville River to broad views of the mountain landscape and landmarks.

In 2001 Eoff renewed his earlier passion for art, quickly gaining many enthusiastic collectors and receiving awards and acceptance in national exhibitions and competitions.

The Art Cellar Gallery was conceived by Pam McKay to feature the painting and sculpture created by regional artists. The Art Cellar grew out of the cellar in its location to encompassing three floors of exhibition space and showing the work of acclaimed artists from across the Southeast.

With an eclectic mix of painters and sculptors, the work exhibited includes realism to abstract paintings to the work of internationally recognized glass artists and is complemented by the work of acclaimed regional potters.

The 20th anniversary season schedule will be filled with nine feature exhibitions, as well as highlight all the work of the galleries artists. July will feature the work of Bryan Keith Smith and Gregory Smith, August brings the work of Loren DiBenedetto and a show of work by Courtney Martin & John Geci.

The complete season schedule is posted on the gallery web site at, or the gallery can be contacted at (828) 898-5175.

Saturday’s reception runs from 4 to 6 p.m. The Art Cellar Gallery is located at 920 Shawneehaw Ave. in Banner Elk and is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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