‘Grand Scape’ meets ‘Land Without Bees’

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Article Published: Jun. 28, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 28, 2012
‘Grand Scape’ meets ‘Land Without Bees’

'Cosmos' by Brian Keith Smith

If you have ever stood on a mountain ridge or at the foot of a broad waterfall captured with an amazing sense of awe and emotion, then you will appreciate the new paintings of artist Bryan Keith Smith.

The Art Cellar Gallery has an opening this Friday, June 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., which will provide an opportunity to experience two new exhibits: Bryan Keith Smith’s “The Grand Scape Series” and “A Land Without Bees” by Gregory Smith.

The artists are not related, but their work is, in that both career painters continue to push their own creative boundaries and continue to captivate viewers with their rich artistic interpretations.

“The Grand Scape Series” marks the beginning of Bryan Keith Smith’s new artistic quest.

“For over 25 years, I have been working up to this point,” he said. “I have always wanted to capture the feeling of the grand scene spreading out in front of me.”

Many people are familiar with Bryan Keith Smith’s watercolors, but this exhibit focuses on his newest works, which are oils on canvas and include several large-scale paintings, such as a 9-by-6-foot canvas that creates the illusion of gazing across a mountain gorge.

Bryan Keith Smith’s large-scale works are complemented by a collection of smaller oils on canvas, depicting the edge of a stream or a field of flowers.

Gregory Smith is a highly respected local artist who is know for a wide range of work, from regional landscapes and historical portraits to trompe l’oeil works. His “Land Without Bees” exhibit features trompe l’oeil acrylics on panel focused on bee keeping equipment, inviting viewers to explore the plight of the honeybees thorough his personal aesthetic.

Gregory Smith said the details in some of his work “show the bee’s dance, which tells how far a food source is from the hive.”

Several of the antique bee accouterments and other objects from the artist’s collection that inspired the paintings will also be displayed during the exhibition.

In addition to the new exhibition, The Art Cellar’s upstairs and downstairs galleries are filled with a diverse and engaging range of work from all the represented artists, including realistic painter David Birmingham’s nudes on canvas and large-scale regional landscapes.

Artists Margaret Salisbury and Scott Boyle both have several new works highlighting the High Country’s scenic streams, and David Bryan has expanded his paintings of interiors and red couch series in both mixed media and acrylic on canvas.

The front garden of the gallery has just added a third new work by stone sculptor Carl Peverall to join the sculptures of Bill Brown and Pam Brewer.

“The Grand Scape Series” and “ A Land Without Bees” run from June 28 through July 28 and are featured on The Art Cellar Gallery’s main floor galleries. The opening reception takes place Friday, June 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact The Art Cellar at (828) 898-5175 or visit http://www.artcellaronline.com.

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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