A Splash of Color
For whatever reason, the High Country has an unusual amount of visual artists among its residents.
Some of them are professional artists who work with our numerous art galleries, and some of them are amateurs who paint or draw for their own enjoyment.
Professionals and amateurs alike were invited to submit their work to the second annual Juried Exhibition, sponsored by the Watauga County Arts Council.
This week, arts council member Gary Nemcosky selected the works to be displayed in April at the Mazie Jones Gallery in the Jones House Community Center. Artist Warren Dennis, juror for the show, selected a grand prize winner, second place, third place and five honorable mentions for the juried exhibition.
“When the arts council committee talked about finding a juror for the show, Warren was the first person I thought of,” Nemcosky said.
A reception for the exhibition will be held at the Jones House in downtown Boone on Friday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will feature a chance to meet the artists, the announcement of the winners, and refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public.
The juried art exhibit was open to any resident 18 years old and older who resides for all or a portion of the year in Watauga or any of its adjoining counties.
Artists in the exhibit are Kim Abernethy, Craig Franz, Sarah Gilley, Marsha Holmes, Ed Kline, Mark Nystrom, Alex Poorman and many others.
“We wish to extend special thanks to Prof. Dennis for judging the show, Gary Nemcosky for installing the show, and the entire Watauga County Arts Council gallery committee for their dedication in making this show a success,” said Sarah Collins, visual arts coordinator for the Watauga County Arts Council.
Dennis is the former head of the art departments at Judson College and Appalachian State University. He retired from Appalachian State University in 1994, at which time he began to pursue his art career full time.
In 2002, he was invited to show his painting “The Swing” in “True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit,” an exhibition organized by the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., as a response by artists to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The show opened in February 2002 in Washington, and, throughout the next three years, it toured the United States and traveled abroad to such places as Germany, Turkey, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Albania.
“I hope I was picked to judge this show because I know a thing or two about art,” Dennis said. “I love that there is such different degrees of professional character to the work. I hope I do a good job with this.”
Open Door Gallery
For the month of April, the Open Door Gallery features works of Art Mart Academy.
The show consists of works chosen by the students, spanning the last few years of their accomplishments.
Art Mart Academy strives to keep lessons open to individual interpretation, while also honing students’ critical thinking skills and developing their knowledge of art principles and elements.
The Serendipity Gallery continues to display colorful paintings and drawings by Project on Aging participants. According to the arts council, organizer Marsha Holmes has been busy refreshing the artwork and getting ready for spring.
For more information, call the Watauga County Arts Council at (828) 264-1789 or visit http://www.watauga-arts.org. The Jones House Community Center is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.