Coffee talk, portraits and exhibitions at Art Cellar

Article Published: Jul. 25, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 25, 2013
Coffee talk, portraits and exhibitions at Art Cellar

Artist Jane Jaskevich works on a sculpture.

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The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk has been attracting a lot of attention with its new exterior look, but the art on the inside has been creating an even bigger response.

With two exhibitions currently open, the addition of four new artists and a wide collection of work from all its artists keep things ever changing.

This Saturday brings a special opportunity for visitors to meet stone sculptor Jane Jaskevich, whose carved stone sculptures have been highlighted at the gallery for many years.

On July 27, Jaskevich will be at the gallery for a morning coffee talk at 10 a.m. As part of this month’s Greater Avery Tour De Art event, the artist is making a special visit to talk about her work, the process and inspiration.

She is a direct carver and is especially interested in combining various materials. Much of her work is figurative and pays homage to the Greco-Roman roots of stone sculpture.

“The Art Cellar Gallery’s coffee talk with Jane Jaskevich is a great way to start the day-long Tour De Art,” gallery director Liz Brown said, adding that maps are available showing all thirteen galleries and artists studios on the tour.

The current exhibition of new landscapes by classical painter David Birmingham has brought the mountain vistas inside the gallery and many repeat visits by collectors and admirers. Birmingham is originally from London, England, and studied at the University of London and the Royal College of Art in Brighton, as well as The Grand Chaumiere Academy in France.

He has been coming to the mountains since the early ’70s and now makes the mountains his primary residence.

“His talent and vision capture the beauty and atmosphere of our region in oil on canvas,” Brown said.
This is the final weekend of David Birmingham’s exhibition.

The downstairs gallery at The Art Cellar is host to noted North Carolina artist Tony Griffin’s exhibition, “Drawing From Life,” which includes portraits, nudes and landscapes.

Also coming up is the rare opportunity to commission a portrait by Griffin, who will be at the gallery from Aug. 5 to 9, creating portraits from life. The Art Cellar is accepting appointments for portrait sittings in oils and drawings on paper.

“Tony makes the portrait experience very enjoyable, and subjects do not have to sit still for the entire portrait process,” Brown said.

The gallery can be contacted for further details and for reservations. Griffin’s exhibition continues through Aug. 10.

The Art Cellar will be full of activity next week, with the installation of a new exhibit. Norma Murphy’s “Woman in the Works” will feature a body of work that shows the feminine attitudes with tea scenes, floral still lives, landscapes and watercolors. Murphy’s exhibition opens Aug. 1, with an opening reception with the artist Saturday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Art Cellar Gallery features three floors of exhibition space and a wide range of artists both local and regional, including paintings and sculptures in glass, clay and wood. The gallery is located at 9230 Shawneehaw Ave. (N.C. 194) in Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-5175 or visit

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Artist Jane Jaskevich works on a sculpture.
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Onyx silhouette art by Janet Jaskevich
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