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Art Cellar celebrates sculpture



Article Published: Jul. 12, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 21, 2012
Art Cellar celebrates sculpture

From right, sculptor Carl Peverall, assisted by son Ben, installs his sculpture, aptly titled ‘Partnership,’ at The Art Cellar in Banner Elk.

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The Art Cellar Gallery’s flower gardens have bloomed with a new collection of sculptures, created in steel, stone and clay.

The work of sculptors Bill Brown, Carl Peverall and Pam Brewer will be celebrated with a special event on Friday, July 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.

In celebration of The Art Cellar’s 20th season, a special anniversary event will be held on the 20th of each month, featuring different artists.

Carl Peverall has created three distinctive sculptures from local stone and river rock, and each has been thoughtfully placed in the gardens. Peverall is a multi-media artist, and the gallery also shows his plein air landscapes created in pastel on paper.

Gallery director Liz Brown said, “I had the opportunity to see a beautiful commission of several stone sculptures Carl created, and I immediately asked if he would create new stone sculptures to exhibit at the gallery; I am certain others will be excited at the opportunity to enjoy these works in their own gardens or landscapes.”

Carl Peverall has always been drawn to stone, but it was while living in New Zealand for six months in 2007 that his passion and connection to the natural material finally moved him to the most physically challenging work of his career.

According to Brown, “The results are sculptures of natural beauty with ancient, once silent stones giving voice to Peverall’s artistic voice, some suggesting figures others defying gravity, but each with a distinct and soulful presence.”

Bill Brown sculptures grace public and private collections across the country, and his national reputation has been built with his lifelong commitment to expressing his artistic voice, while challenging the properties of steel, his primary medium.

The Art Cellar is exhibiting two of his outdoor sculptures in the front gardens and has a wide range of his interior work in the gallery, as well. One of the pieces in the front garden is “In the Balance,” an engaging life-size work that reflects the achievement and challenges of finding balance, created in graceful flowing steel with subtle texture.

Brown has also created a numbered edition of small “In the Balance” sculptures in honor of his studio’s 30th anniversary. From his large-scale outdoor works to his interior sculptures and sculptural lighting in blown glass and steel, he continues to voice his personal artistic perspective.

“The sculpture I create is an artistic transformation of life experiences and interpretations of the world around me,” Brown said.

Pam Brewer is causing excitement with her mosaic wall piece installed in the front garden, Brown said.

Brewer has been creating mosaic installations since her early years as a studio artist, but this is one of the few large works not created for a commission. Created from clay, stone and glass, this 4-by-6-foot wall piece recreates an idyllic garden scene and can be used indoors or out.

Many know Brewer’s hand-built clay work, including playful stacked animal totems, large birds and rabbits, and the gallery has a sizable collection of her interior pieces, including several large-scale works that are also suitable for garden display.

Brewer said her work is influenced by her travels as a child, the natural wonderful life in the mountains and inspiration from ancient cultures, mythology and literature.

Brown said everyone is invited to come out and celebrate these sculptors during the 20th anniversary Gallery Bash, walk around the gardens, experience the sculpture and spend some time with the artists and learn about their inspirations and creative process.

Also currently on exhibit are two feature shows, “ The Grand Scape Series” by Bryan Keith Smith, featuring large-scale oils on canvas, and “A Land Without Bees,” the paintings of Gregory Smith, inspired by his collection of antique beekeeping equipment and exploring the life and plight of the honeybee.

The Anniversary Bash takes place Friday, July 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. Along with the sculptors, other artists will be on hand as visitors explore all three floors of The Art Cellar’s exhibition space.

The Art Cellar is located at 920 Shawneehaw Ave. in Banner Elk. For more information, 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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