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Art-filled weekend at The Art Cellar Gallery

Article Published: Jul. 10 | Modified: Jul. 10
Art-filled weekend at The Art Cellar Gallery

'Mountain Meadow' by Joseph Cave

Another art filled weekend at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk begins on Friday afternoon.

“Two Views” by Joseph Cave and Richard Oversmith is the newest exhibition at the gallery, and everyone is invited to come celebrate these acclaimed artists at a reception Friday, July 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition features the artists’ distinctive styles of capturing pastoral views, waterways and open vistas.

The focus on “Two Views” continues on Saturday, July 12, when Oversmith will be back in the gallery for a Coffee Talk and demonstration, from 10a m. till noon. Oversmith is highly acclaimed for his plein air work, as well as his larger scale studio paintings, and is also sought after as an instructor.

“The Coffee Talk is a great opportunity to learn more about the artist and his technique, as he demonstrates while working on a painting in the gallery,” gallery director Liz Brown said.

Cave’s work is quickly recognizable, filled with rich clear color and texture that bring viewers into the scene. Of his style, Cave said, “First, a painting must be a feast for the eyes, it must look good, the paint must be joyfully applied.”

Cave’s paintings in this exhibit, from rural farmland to flowing stream, each share the artist’s joy of the process and his acute eye, Brown said, along with a rich talent for capturing his subjects.

Oversmith creates “en plein air” and in the studio to capture the beauty of Western North Carolina and beyond, Brown said. His lifelong study of past masters, the influence of contemporary painters he admires and elements that have evolved from deep within each make up his personal style.

“His work shows the rich stoke of the brush, using color, edges, value and drawing to express his voice and vision,” Brown said. “Richard Oversmith brings viewers into the experience of place and invites close inspection of the environment.”

The Art Cellar Gallery is located on N.C. 194, just before the Mill Pond in Banner Elk. There is plenty of parking in front and behind the gallery and across the street, if needed. Along with the new exhibition, the gallery also features its full range of artists on all three floors. Painting, sculpture, glass, wood and pottery is the focus of the gallery, which represents artists from across the Southeast. For more information, call (828) 898-5175, or visit

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

Additional Images

'Mountain Meadow' by Joseph Cave

'Cows' by Richard Oversmith

'Chickens' by Richard Oversmith

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