Celebration of Southern Artists

Article Published: Jul. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Celebration of Southern Artists

'Spots and Shadows' by Greg Osterhaus

Morning Star Gallery invites the public to view an art show featuring new paintings, photography and woodblock prints by regional artists with national followings.

The show celebrates artists who have achieved national recognition through expertise in their chosen mediums of expression.

Enter Morning Star Gallery and see the 360-degree panoramas photographed by James O. Phelps. The photos capture many favorite vistas, such as Linville Falls, as well as hidden places along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

An accomplished architect, Phelps interprets the High Country surroundings through 30 years of experience as a panoramist. He is best known for his panoramas of Gettysburg, the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Greg Osterhaus' oil paintings remind viewers that the world is rich in color and texture. Vivid color and strong brush strokes bring the rural south to life in his lively interpretations of farms, mountains and meadows.

Trena McNabb's work, storytelling in a visionary sense, holds viewers firmly in place while she works her artistic magic. The hills transform into people and creatures. Discovering where one ends and the next begins is a part of the fascination of looking at her art. The characters McNabb summons from her memories and reflections of life express the interrelatedness of all we know and imagine.

Nancy Darrel and Mark Mulfinger, specializing in wood block and linoleum cuts, find their finished images through multiple layers of block printing. Darrel, although best known for her ceramic work over many years, is demonstrating an inherent talent for this style of print-making, and Mulfinger's traditional approach to printmaking shows off his technical skills.

Morning Star Gallery will host a reception for the public to view the collection on Friday evening, July 15, as a part of Sunset Stroll on Sunset Drive, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Morning Star Gallery is located at 257 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-6991.

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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