Germaine Galjour makes a 'Return Engagement' at the Cheese House

Article Published: Oct. 19, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Germaine Galjour makes a 'Return Engagement' at the Cheese House

As the autumn leaves reach full glory, Banner Elk prepares for another busy fall schedule - preparations for festivals, bike races, and the gathering of families. As nature transforms the mountains, the Avery Arts Council invites residents and visitors to drop by the Cheese House Arts Gallery and check out the new exhibit by artist Germaine Galjour.

Germaine is a self-taught artist of French-Cajun descent. Her family is originally from New Orleans, but she has traveled extensively and lived in New York and Europe. Galjour spent many years in New Orleans painting in Jackson Square, and was working there when Hurricane Katrina's disastrous winds blew through. She relocated to Bakersville, and has taken up with the art scene in Western North Carolina with enthusiasm.

However, she still keeps New Orleans in her heart. Currently, she is donating 12 of her whimsical art prints to the Warren Easton Charter School Foundation's forthcoming auction. The auction will help generate funds for one of the oldest and most historic high schools in New Orleans.

Germaine's vibrant abstracts were first seen in Avery County back in February, when she exhibited her paintings alongside the found-art sculpture of D.C. Smith. For this, her "Return Engagement," she has brought a variety of artwork, including giclee prints and small format paintings, with prices ranging from $45 to $1,800.

"Return Engagement" will be on exhibit until Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Cheese House Gallery, located at 630 Shawneehaw Ave. (N.C. 184) in Banner Elk. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment. The gallery will be open on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. as part of the Greater Avery Tour d'Art, the county wide gallery open house.

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

The Avery County Arts Council is a non-profit organization working to enrich the people of Avery County through meaningful arts and cultural experiences. For more than 30 years the council has helped to support school arts programs and served as a resource for artists and the community.

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 ( or (828) 264-6397.

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