Celebration continues at Art Cellar

Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 21, 2012
Celebration continues at Art Cellar

Art Cellar owner Pam McKay celebrates the gallery’s 20th anniversary with a lemon pound cake, the subject of a painting by artist Jim Chapman.

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A 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash celebrating the 20th season for Pam McKay’s Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at the gallery.

To celebrate the occasion, on the 20th of each month through October, in addition to receptions for featured exhibitions, the gallery will also host an Anniversary Bash.

During the July 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash, The Art Cellar is also celebrating the work of three sculptors whose work is featured in the front gardens: Pam Brewer, Bill Brown and Carl Peverall.
The work of these artists has been attracting a lot of attention, and this event offers an opportunity to meet each of them.

Peverall has three stone sculptures in the gardens; Brewer creates work in clay from animal figures to mosaic wall pieces, such as the one currently displayed on the entry wall; and Brown’s steel sculptures are well-represented by work ranging from large scale exterior pieces to smaller work for indoor display.

The artists will be available to talk about their work and how the pieces can be incorporated into the landscape and garden.

At the first Anniversary Bash in June, a new series of paintings by artist Zoey Brookshire was celebrated. Painter Jim Chapman surprised guests by bringing in a painting of a lemon pound cake and a matching baked version, which was lit with 20 candles and then quickly devoured. This inspired a lively discussion, and it was announced that the October Anniversary Exhibition would be a “Cake Invitational,” with all Art Cellar artists, along with special guest artists, invited to present their cake-inspired artworks for the October exhibit.

During its 20th season, The Art Cellar Gallery’s three floors and outdoor space will be filled with a range of artwork from some of the most renowned painters and sculptors of the region.

The current exhibits, “The Grand Scape Series” by Bryan Keith Smith and “Land Without Bees” by Gregory Smith, continue through July 28.

The August exhibitions will feature new still-lifes in oil by Loren DiBenedetto,
pottery by Courtney Martin and John Geci blown glass and opens Aug. 2, with a reception with the artists from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The August 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash will celebrate the first artist represented by the gallery, painter Norma Murphy.

For more information, call The Art Cellar at (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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