Avery Arts presents painting and sculpture



Article Published: Oct. 7, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Avery Arts presents painting and sculpture


As the High Country turns brilliant with fall colors, the gallery walls at the Avery Arts Council reflect vibrant landscapes from two accomplished painters, Jessie Schmitt and Gisele Weisman. 

Schmitt often uses photographs she has taken to create her richly detailed paintings, but she also paints on site - en plein air - whenever possible. 

"Either way, the results are spectacular," a gallery spokesperson said. "Her ability to capture the recognizable elements of a particular setting delights and enthralls her viewers. "

Although relatively new to the mountains, Schmitt, who lives year-round in Banner Elk, has taken the landscape to heart, with memorable results. 

Weisman's expressive paintings emerge from her inner self. The longtime Blowing Rock resident reaches into her imagination and is on her feet and in motion as she works. 

"Well known for her playful figures and impressionistic landscapes, her patrons love her work for its joyfulness and exuberance," the spokesperson said.

Weisman's colorful acrylic paintings are not her only creative outlet. She also produces sculpture. Using the ancient lost wax technique, she forms bronze sculptures that convey her inner joyful energy. A select collection of Weisman's dancing bronzes will be featured at the show. 

The public is invited to attend the opening reception of Schmitt and Weisman's exhibit on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. Both artists will be present. Weisman will be autographing posters of one of her recent paintings.

Schmitt and Weisman's art will be on display through the end of October at the Arts Council's new location, 77 Ruffin St., behind The Old Hampton Store in Linville. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5.

For more information, contact the Avery County Arts Council at (828) 733-0054 or (info@averycountyartscouncil.org)



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Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section 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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