ArtSpace hosts Second Saturday

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Article Published: May. 8 | Modified: May. 11
ArtSpace hosts Second Saturday

'Picnic Under a Full Moon' by Rebekah Mae Trapp

It’s Second Saturday at the Watauga County Arts Council, meaning it’s time for an Arts Celebration.

This Saturday, May 10, the Blue Ridge ArtSpace will celebrate spring with exhibition openings, workshops and more.

The main gallery will feature “Mae in May,” showcasing the art of Rebekah Mae Trapp, who was raised in Laurel Springs and is an emerging artist with no formal training.

Trapp said she has always wanted to be an artist, but had never really pursued it. After watching her husband, the renowned painter and sculptor Wayne Trapp, at work and seeing how much he was enjoying it, she finally got up the nerve to begin with him as her instructor.

Under his guidance, Trapp has quickly blossomed in just a few short months into an accomplished artist. Now, private collectors in several states own her work, and she is presently showing at Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Boone. She works as an abstract painter, using oil and wax on canvas.

According to the WCAC, “Abstract painting is about a provocative composition and an endless blend of color relationships, and Mae’s paintings accomplish these values.”

Trapp said she simply turns on music, picks up a brush, and lets the paints flow — with no specific plan, no image in mind; nothing but the mood of the music and the paints blending together. She said most of her inspiration comes from nature, dancing, music and generally having fun.

The Open Door Gallery presents “Mudslingers.” Although the primary election has wrapped up, the arts council is showcasing a totally different type of mudslinging.

“Celebrating the talents of the clay artists of our community, the arts council has extended an invitation to all who work in clay, whether it be functional or purely for the beauty (or the fun) of it,” WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said.

Among the artists sharing their works this month are Tena Wenta, Tara Belk, Cindy Pacileo, Rachel Bigley, Becki Henderson-Gow, Blake Kennedy, Theresa McGrath, Keith Lambert and Willi Baucom. Their creations range from functional vessels to strikingly ornate to downright whimsical pieces, Johnson said.

The Serendipity Gallery hosts “Ready Set, Draw!” Marsha Holmes’ students have been busily drawing everything within an eye’s reach, from buildings to family and friends to little critters, inspiring scenery and still-life compositions.

Most of the pieces in the show are of graphite with a few colored pencils and an occasional marker thrown in for good measure. Artists whose work are featured include Katherine Fisher, Ken Poe, David Richardson, Susan Lindgren, Julia Grace May, Beverly Stahl, Sandra Smack, Judy Clarke, Marsha Holmes, Linda Lielbriedis, Cherry Burns and William Craven Bass.

The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery is featuring works of art created by the art students of Hardin Park Elementary School, under the instruction of Chad Safferstone, who divides his time between Hardin Park and Bethel elementary schools. The brilliantly colored works he is showcasing in the children’s gallery are influenced by lessons focused on exploring the works of Pablo Picasso and include a self-portrait series created of oil pastels, which is complemented by a series of colorful paper collages based on Picasso’s famed “Three Musicians.”

All of the galleries are sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

The ArtSpace’s five colorful classrooms are once again going to be filled with creative energy, with each showcasing a new arts adventure.

Among the featured artists this month is author Lory Whitehead, whose book, “Reluctant Warriors,” is a compilation of letters, memoirs and poetry written over a period of nearly 50 years and based on war stories she gathered from veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and her own experiences, while serving in the U.S. Army.

Other featured artists include Katherine Marx, who teaches children’s art classes with the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, Shirley Hampton, whose lively and colorful paintings were featured recently in the Open Door Gallery, and Birgitta McGailliard, whose book, “Lives Divided,” is a personal family memoir of her own family’s experiences during World War II and their miraculous reuniting against all odds.

There will also be plenty of shopping in the Gift Shop, along with light refreshments. All WCAC members receive a 10-percent discount during the Second Saturday weekend (Friday and Saturday).
The Blue Ridge ArtSpace is located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-1789, or visit

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'Picnic Under a Full Moon' by Rebekah Mae Trapp

'Sweet Tooth' series by Rachel Bigley

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