20th Anniversary Exhibition at Art Cellar

Article Published: Sep. 6, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 6, 2012
20th Anniversary Exhibition at Art Cellar

Amber and red botanical bowl by Tommie Rush

Photo submitted

The Art Cellar in Banner Elk celebrates two decades with its 20th Anniversary Exhibition, featuring the gallery’s full range of represented artists, including several new additions.

The artists’ work will be presented in artist collections, with the newest work from each artist, and the exhibit will be shown throughout the gallery.

This year’s additions to The Art Cellar include glass artist Tommie Rush’s colorful and dramatic blown and hot worked glass, the sculptural clay vessels of sculptor Whitney Claire Brown, and the richly colored and textural paintings of Joseph Cave.

Pam McKay started the gallery 20 summers ago and has always enjoyed the opportunity to help her collectors find the artists and art works that come together as a collection that they can enjoy for a lifetime.

“I am passionate about our artists and what they create and have always loved helping our collectors find the artwork that speaks to them, that they become passionate about as they live with the art and follow the artists’ careers,” McKay said.

From the time she opened the gallery, the artwork shown has always evolved, but still followed her initial desired to share the work of local painters and sculptors. The artists currently represented also include a select group of artists from across the Southeast, complemented by a collection of work by North Carolina potters.

For many of its early years, The Art Cellar Gallery included the art of Southern folk artists and though now not regularly featured, pieces from the galleries collection are available and presented on request. For the 20th Anniversary Exhibition, the folk art collection, along with a collection of early animation art, will be given a special exhibit area in the gallery to honor its place in the gallery’s history.

The 20th Anniversary Exhibition runs through Sept. 29. There will be a 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash at the gallery on Thursday, Sept. 20, and, along with the exhibition, will feature the work of artist Tim Turner.

Turner is known equally for his abstract acrylics on canvas and for his pottery. The final exhibition of the 20th-anniversary season will be “The Cake Invitational” from Oct. 3 to 27. Since the monthly 20th Anniversary Gallery Bashes have each featured an edible cake, the idea to have a cake exhibit was a natural, McKay said. “The Cake Invitational” will feature gallery and guest artists’ artwork inspired by cake.

The Art Cellar Gallery is located on N.C. 184 in Banner Elk and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, including a complete event schedule, call (828) 898-5175 or visit http://www.artcellaronline.com.

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 (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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