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Art Cellar hosts photo exhibit, Humane Society fundraiser

Article Published: Aug. 18, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Art Cellar hosts photo exhibit, Humane Society fundraiser

The "Photographic Views" exhibition of Dot Griffith and Kim Penney has just opened at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk and runs through Sept. 10.

This first-ever photography exhibit at The Art Cellar Gallery is also a fundraiser for the Avery County Humane Society building fund.

A reception with the artists will held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., and everyone is invited to meet the artists and to come learn more about the Avery County Humane Society and its programs.

The artists have provided several of their images for a note card set that will be available at the reception for a special donation to the building fund.

The "Photographic Views" exhibition could be described as detailed views of birds and horses along with graphic perspectives of regional barns and landscapes, but this does not prepare visitors for the rich luminous work by these two artists.

Griffith was first introduced to photography at the age of 12 and has spent much of her life pursuing her passion for this medium. She has explored many aspects of photography, spending 10 years in Atlanta, focused on architectural photography and other commercial endeavors. Later, she turned her attention to still life and portraiture and most recently has been using her talents to document environmental concerns.

This exhibition will feature new works from Griffith's series that was recently honored by Aperture Magazine and was selected for the second place award in the 2011 National Halpert Biannual exhibition.

Griffith captures details and perspectives of birds that most people would never get to experience. Her richly detailed large-format photographs provide a parallel experience of modern abstraction and microscopic view. Her current subject choice brings her back to some of the lessons about birds that her father, an avid ornithologist, taught her as a child.

"Now, I appreciate his passion and am seeing things differently with the help of my camera," Griffith said.

Photographer Penney reaches across her range of work presenting bold graphic representations along with inviting luminous views capturing the emotion of place and time.

Penney's love of photography also began at a young age, and, from the time she was 10 years old, a camera was often by her side. Her bachelor's degree in photojournalism and studies in art appreciation are all part of the foundation that helped develop her eye for capturing the moments, light and wonder of the world around her.

Penney's images of horses are bold studies, which capture both the strong elements and the delicate details of her subjects. Her love of graphic imagery is clear in the details of the barns and views captured for this exhibit. Her work is driven by appreciation of her subject matter and a desire to capture images that others might miss. Penney's work is represented in corporate and private collections across the U.S.

The Art Cellar Gallery will donate a portion of all sales from this show to the building fund of the Avery Humane Society to help meet their building fund match. The new animal shelter construction is under way on New Vale Road in Newland and will provide expanded space and care for animals in the area.

Director Laurie Vierheller said, "The Humane Society is excited to be part of this event and grateful to the artists and The Art Cellar for making this possible."

August 20 will also be the final day of the Tim Ford and Lisa Stinson "New Explorations" exhibition in the main floor gallery. The other areas of the gallery will also be open and feature a wide range of sculpture, paintings and functional pottery by acclaimed artists from across the South East.

The Art Cellar Gallery is located at 920 Shawneehaw Ave. in Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-5175 or visit

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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