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Article Published: Oct. 22, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
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Killed by Blindness runs through Oct. 28
Throughout the month of October, a new group exhibition has continuously been held in the Miller Brothers Army Navy Surplus space across from Espresso News at 260 Howard St.
The show is entitled "Killed By Blindness" and will feature work from Mike Geary, Charlie Slack, Justin Lieberman, Jody Servon, Dear Rain Drop, Chris Curtain, Peter Oakley, Tim Ford, Finley Dixon, Crystal Neaves, Martha Neaves, John Olson, Greg Smith, Carly Simmons, Elizabeth Lancaster, John Berry, Amanda Hart and Paper Rad.

The show will be open to the public at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Friday Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Killed By Blindness is a rotating group show and curatorial experiment that has continued to evolve weekly. The grand finale closing show begins at 11 p.m. on Oct. 28, with special musical guest appearances by OMI, Small Wonder and Odd Nosdum.

For more information and special appointments, contact (charlieslack@yahoo.com) This show would not be possible without the gracious patronage of Dana Willet and Frederick Coffey.

Art exhibit for homelessness awareness
Artists have long used their medium as an expression of their identity and life experiences. The same is true for some local folks who have experienced homelessness and their work is being displayed at the Jones House in downtown Boone in October.

As part of a National Homelessness Awareness initiative in November, four artists and poets will display their works for three weeks. The display will include paintings, woodwork, textile arts and poetry.
"When we take time to listen, those who have found themselves in a homeless situation each have a unique, and sometimes unexpected, story to tell," said Jill Kuykendall Landers, director of development for Hospitality House.
"Some have chosen art as a way to express their journey. This exhibit is more than art, though. It's about people in our community who have faced adversity, overcome their struggles and worked to rebuild their lives."

The art will be displayed at the Jones House in the Open Door Gallery, located on the second level. The Open Door Gallery was designed to offer space to display the work of new or emerging artists.

"We are excited to offer this exhibit space to showcase the work of those who have experienced homelessness," said Cherry Johnson, executive director for the Watauga County Arts Council. "We hope community members will take time to view the exhibit and learn more about homelessness in the High Country."

The art will be on display now through Nov. 6. The Open Door Gallery is open to the public from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

There will be a reception at the Jones House Friday, Nov. 6, as part of the Downtown Boone Art Crawl. Representatives from the Hospitality House will attend the reception.

Hospitality House is a nonprofit crisis intervention agency that provides shelter and services to the homeless, operates the community soup kitchen and administers WeCAN - the local crisis assistance program. Hospitality House is a High Country United Way agency. For more information, log on to http://www.hospitalityhouseofboone.org or call Jill Kuykendall Landers, director of development, at (828) 262-3461.


Gourd Girls at ArtWalk
Judy "Grey Feather" Sells and Melinda "K" Paxton have teamed up to bring their decorated gourd wares to ArtWalk.

They offer a wide assortment of sizes, shapes and designs sure to fit into any fall collection. Their compositions include a variety of leaf species, painted, burned or cut into the gourds with elegantly controlled line work. The refined motif of cattails adorns a smaller bowl with lace-like delicacy, while the bold, black backed cut-out of a stylized tree dominates a larger piece. Several pieces contain an assortment of Native American visual vocabulary, occasionally set with semi-precious stones.

Sells was raised in Mobile, Ala., and frequently traveled throughout the United States, which enabled her to be exposed to other cultures and their use of art making materials derived from nature. After working in the field of photography, she continued this implementation of natural objects in her art through the use of plant material, stones, feathers and gourds.

Sells now lives at the base of the Great Smokey Mountains and is a part of the American Gourd Society, Tennessee Gourd Society, Art Guild of the Smokey Mountains and the Tennessee Art of Crafters Association.
Paxton is a native of the Smokey Mountain region, the seasonal variety of which has inspired the hue and textural quality of her work. Her interest in art began at an early age with ceramics, and as a young adult she started incorporating other art forms.

By living in an area rich in Native American culture, Paxton developed sensitivity for global, indigenous art forms. She enlivens her gourds not only with the elegant and decorative use of paint and beading, but also by using wood burning tools and cutting implements tot enhance the natural value variances hidden in the material.

Gourd Girls' pieces are located on ArtWalk's basement level, located at 611 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email (artwalkboone@yahoo.com) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.

Open studio at Carlton Gallery
Carlton Gallery continues its 27th Autumn Exhibition with special emphasis on visionary art as a feature of the fifth Avery Tour de Art, as well as an open studio of Toni Carlton's artwork on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carlton said, "My media in my art work continues to change. I began my art career as a fiber artist creating contemporary weavings and basketry which changed to mixed media drawings and paintings in the early '90s. Now my artwork is mixed media collage incorporating woven textures to come full circle back to my early woven works. My message in my paintings and mixed media has always been the same, showing the connection of all our relations and the spirit of the heart."

Recently, Carlton's artwork was shown in two calligraphy exhibitions in Seoul, Korea; a Modern Biennial Exhibition in June and a World Calligraphy Exhibition in September. Both conveyed messages of peace.

Carlton's main focus for her art is the connection between all people to spread peace, whether it is in one's heart or throughout the world. Her mixed media collages and paintings project an ethereal world created through her poetic imagination. Carlton depicts a magnitude of emotions in her canvases that spark a connection with the viewer.

During the Avery Tour de Art on Saturday, Carlton's studio will be open with a representation of the many works of art she has created over her art career along with a slide show of her early woven works. She will be available for discussion.

The 27th Autumn Exhibition runs through Nov. 15. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville in the Grandfather Community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.carltonartgallery.com.



Turchin Center celebrates six exhibitions Nov. 6
Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts celebrates six exhibitions with its Fall Exhibition Celebration on Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., as part of Downtown Boone's First Friday Art Crawl. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For information, call (828) 262-3017 or visit http://www.tcva.org.

The Fall Exhibition Celebration on Nov. 6 will feature six exhibits, three of which have been on display since Sept. 11, and three of which will open for the first time on Nov. 6. Artists will be in attendance to meet the public and discuss their work and live music will be provided by local band The Lucky Strikes.

Plastic Flame Press: Sept. 11 - Jan. 16, 2010
African Vailet: Olivia "Holly" Pendergast: Sept. 11 - Jan. 16, 2010
SAQA: 12 Voices - A Traveling Exhibition of the Studio Art Quilt Association: Sept. 11 - Jan. 16, 2010

225 degrees F: Encaustic Encounters: Nov. 6 - Feb. 6, 2010
Collective Dialogues: New Work from The Collective on Depot: Nov. 6 - Feb. 6, 2010
Brush & Palette: Artists Unmasked: Nov. 6 - Feb. 6, 2010

For more information about Turchin Center programming, call (828) 262-3017 or visit http://www.turchincenter.org. The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

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 entertainment editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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