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Elizabeth Guthrie's art at the Cheese House

Article Published: Apr. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Elizabeth Guthrie's art at the Cheese House

Beech Mountain by Elizabeth Guthrie

A career in art doesn't have a set pattern. Life has a way of getting in the way; the bills have to be paid, the children looked after. What's important is to never let go of the desire to create. The Cheese House Gallery's featured artist for April is a case in point.

Raised in the South, Elizabeth Guthrie's childhood homes included North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Her fondest memories are of the time she and her family lived on Oatland Island, just off the coast of Savannah, Ga.

Nicknamed "Betsi," Guthrie was an overactive tomboy who showed signs of artistic talent at an early age. Her parents enrolled her in a variety of private classes and she won several art awards while in the gifted programs of public schools. Guthrie attended the University of South Carolina in 1978, married that year, and started her family. Her focus on being a mother of five children took her on a hiatus from the art world. Now settled with her youngest daughter Bonnie in Avery County, she has at last found the time and space to pursue her art.

Elizabeth Guthrie's Art Endeavors will be on exhibit through April at the Cheese House Gallery, 630 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment.

For more information, visit the Avery County Arts Council Web site at, email ( , or call (828) 898-4292.

Gallery Times
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, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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