‘Fakes & Facsimiles’ at BRAHM
Gregory Smith is the July featured artist at the Blowing
Rock Art and History Museum’s community gallery.
This sought-after local artist will host a talk about his work Friday, July 12, starting at 10 a.m.
Smith’s exhibit, titled “Fakes & Facsimiles,” will be on exhibit through July 28 in the upstairs community gallery and features a collection of his trompe l’oeil paintings. Trompe l’oeil is French for “deceives the eye,” and Smith’s extensive works are full of rich detailed elements.
Smith grew up in the Matney community near Valle Crucis, where he still lives and works today. Smith works primarily in acrylics and creates both large- and small-scale works. His body of work includes paintings of rural landscapes, barns and old homes (many of which are community and personal landmarks), richly detailed trompe l’oeil paintings and occasional portraits.
Smith graduated from Appalachian State University as an art major, but said he has really been a lifetime student of the arts, noting that his broad interest in the arts, literature and history all feed his artistic directions.
When asked to talk about his art and painting, Smith talks about the inspiration and challenges of the physical properties of the paint itself, sharing his continual exploration of the medium to create illusion, mood, value and tone.
Smith has been represented by The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk for most of his career and has developed a broad base of collectors from across the nation. His work is in public and private collections throughout North Carolina and has been featured in exhibitions in North Carolina, Ohio and California. The full range of Smith’s work is available from the gallery, along with the wide range of artists represented.
The Art Cellar Gallery’s feature exhibits are the regional landscapes of classical realism painter David Birmingham. Upcoming exhibits include Tony Griffin’s “Drawing from Life” and Norma Murphy’s “Woman in the Works.”
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in downtown Blowing Rock. Its current summer schedule includes exhibits, such as “Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Impressionist Paintings” and “Strings N’ Things: Old-Time Mountain Music,” as well as monthly coffee talks, Sunday concerts and other events.
The Gregory Smith event offers free admission, as well as the opportunity to meet the artist. Refreshments will also be available. For more information, call BRAHM at (828) 295-9099 or The Art Cellar Gallery at (828) 898-5175.
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