Gallery Times



Article Published: Dec. 3, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Gallery Times

Mountainscape by Tracy Booth at the Cheese House Gallery



Reflections of Nature with Tracy Booth

The Avery Arts Council welcomes to the Cheese House Art Gallery Tracy Booth, who will have her paintings on display throughout the month of December.

Booth grew up in Durham, but escaped to the Appalachian Mountains as quickly as possible by enrolling at Virginia Tech. It was here she received her B.S. in botany to fulfill her desire for deeper knowledge of the natural world. Upon graduation, she found herself captivated with the world of theatrics. She spent 14 years as a lighting technician, with projects from Portland, Ore., to Roanoke, Va. In 2005, Booth and her husband needed a change of scenery and moved to the small arts-oriented community of Bakersville.

A self-taught artist, Booth paints primarily in acrylics and watercolors. Her education as a botanist and years of work as a theater designer have created a foundation for expressing an idealized nature that focuses on shape and color. "When designing in theatre, one of the primary rules is that of simplicity and eliminating all that is not necessary to communicate the essence of the material," Booth said.

In her paintings, the simple lines and colors allow the contours of the landscape or pattern to take front stage. Booth's artwork creates a secret personal haven for the viewer, which contrasts with the harsh complexity of the human world.

"Reflections of Nature" will be on exhibit through the month of December. For more information, visit the Avery County Arts Council Web site at http://www.averycountyartscouncil.org or call (828) 898-4292

Bgail's Jewelry by Belinda Freeman at ArtWalk

ArtWalk is featuring one of its newest jewelers this week, Belinda Freeman. A native of Hickory, Freeman came to Boone after retiring from a career as a flight attendant, and is now managing at Bandana's Bar-B-Que & Grill in Boone.

Freeman makes her fresh, modern pieces by recombining reclaimed elements from broken or unwanted jewelry and the occasional fishing lure. Being able to create unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, hand-crafted from vintage, semi-precious and classic materials, is what drew her to this medium.

Not only are Freeman's creations "green" by helping to keep damaged or otherwise forgotten jewelry out of the landfill, they are also strikingly stylish and "new." One would not be able to tell by looking at them that their elements were repurposed. Lucite, stones, glass, crystal and metals are combined in her jewelry to make elegant and tasteful pieces for the casual and formal occasion.

What inspires her artistic creations to undergo stylistic or content transformations is something she calls "love at first sight." A discarded pile of jewelry, a single earring, a broken necklace, pieces with missing rhinestones, are all treasure to Freeman.

Freeman's jewelry is located on ArtWalk's main level, to the left of the entrance, in a framed wall display. Her entire collection is currently on sale at 50 percent off. ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email (artwalkboone@yahoo.com) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.

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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