Art Cellar Coffee Talk with Robert Eoff

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Article Published: Aug. 22, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 25, 2013
Art Cellar Coffee Talk with Robert Eoff

'Appalachian Wrangler' by Robert Eoff

Art Cellar Gallery will host an Artists Coffee Talk with painter Robert Eoff this Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The artist will talk about his inspirations and techniques, and there will be a collection of his paintings on display, from trout fishing scenes to walks along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Eoff will be at the gallery from 10 a.m. to noon and will have a casual talk about his work at 10:30 a.m., as well as be on hand to answer questions and meet visitors, while everyone enjoys coffee and other refreshments throughout the morning.

Eoff is originally from Memphis, Tenn. His early creative influences were roots music — gospel, blues and, of course, rock and roll. He began painting in the early 1970s, influenced by a colony of Memphis watercolor artists who painted rural farm scenes and landscapes from the Delta.

“I bought some paint, paper and brushes and checked out books from the library to try and copy the techniques,” Eoff said.

He had already been drawing for years, so painting seemed a logical step. He entered his first contest and then quit for years when his other career as a broadcaster was taking off.

He painted occasionally, but after 9/11, he was moved to redirect his leisure time and began taking watercolor lessons from one of those earlier painters, Fred Rawlinson, a retired professor from the Memphis College of Art.

Eoff still credits Rawlinson for turning his “colored water” into watercolors. Eoff’s paintings have won recognition from the Tennessee Watercolor Society, and he is a signature member of the organization, winning the Past Presidents Award in 2006.

In 2009, he began painting in oil and continues to paint with both media, and his work has been included in numerous shows.

Along with meeting Eoff, visitors to the gallery will have a chance to view the current exhibition by featured artist Norma Murphy.

Murphy’s show focuses on the artist’s distinctive acrylic and paper collages on canvas, but also includes numerous works on paper and several of her oils. Her work is well known for her images of ladies at tea or in the garden, but the show also includes rich still-lives and landscapes. Saturday will be the final day of her feature exhibition, but her work is always included in the gallery offerings.

“New work is always arriving at the gallery,” gallery director Liz Brown said, “and the last two weeks have brought new pieces in glass by artist Richard Jolley, Tommie Rush and Rick and Valerie Beck. Well-known artist Zoey Brookshire has just delivered two new large-scale figurative works on paper, and there are numerous other works from other gallery artists.”

This Saturday’s Coffee Talk with Robert Eoff is part of the Avery Tour de Art, which is a day-long event that includes 13 different arts destination throughout Avery County. Maps will be available at The Art Cellar Gallery, which is located on N.C. 194 before the Mill Pond in Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-5175 or visit

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