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‘Is It Still...Life?’



Article Published: Jun. 12 | Modified: Jun. 12
‘Is It Still...Life?’

'Sunflowers' by Jim Chapman



Start off your summer season with an opening celebration for artist Jim Chapman’s, “Is It Still…Life?” exhibit at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk.

On Friday, June 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., the gallery will be filled with the vibrant celebration of his subjects that flow from Chapman’s acrylic on canvas paintings.

Chapman’s work is anything but still, however, as he captures the beauty and colors of freshly picked produce and flowers, according to The Art Cellar’s Liz Brown.

“Jim Chapman is known for his fearless use of color and pattern and for the depth he brings to his work,” she said.

Chapman often uses the Blue Ridge Mountains or Italian landscapes as backdrops to his still life paintings. Along with his passion for art, Chapman is known for his enthusiasm for food, music and the richness of Southern life.

Gallery owner and curator Pam McKay often points out that his richly textured baskets come from traditional woven baskets from vine to sweet grass, some family heirlooms, and often the fabrics were collected on trips to Italy and France.

Chapman has traveled extensively and always finds new inspiration for his widely collected paintings from still life to his idealized, fantasy farmland landscapes, McKay said.

Chapman’s “Is It Still…Life?” opened June 11 and runs through June 28. Along with the opening celebration on Friday the 13th, the artist will be in the gallery on Saturday, June 14, for a casual Coffee Talk from 10 a.m. to noon.

This exhibition is the official beginning of the exhibition season at The Art Cellar Gallery, now in its 22nd season.

The 2014 season at The Art Cellar Gallery will present exhibitions, featuring 10 different artists, beginning with the widely collected and highly acclaimed landscapes of Joseph Cave and Richard Oversmith.

They’ll be followed in August by the non-representational work of acclaimed N.C. artist Herb Jackson. The work of beloved area folk artist Howard Campbell will be shown later in the summer, exploring his artwork and vast knowledge of the art and folk art world though a newly published book celebrating his life.

“Animals of Farm & Field” presents the work of four accomplished and popular artists, Carolyn Blaylock, Nancy Oppenheimer, Margaret Salisbury and Walter Stanford.

For Thanksgiving, The Art Cellar will give thanks to artist Tim Turner, who will fill the gallery with new work from the kiln for his show, “Bountiful Clay.”

Due to the popularity of last year’s Coffee Talk, The Art Cellar has expanded the program to every Saturday morning in June, July and August, from 10 a.m. to noon. Patrons are invited to drop in to meet a different artist each week and enjoy coffee and refreshments.

The Art Cellar Gallery is located in Banner Elk on N.C. 184, just outside of downtown, and is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and a full season schedule, visit http://www.artcellaronline.com, or call (828) 898-5175.



Gallery Times


Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring 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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'Sunflowers' by Jim Chapman

The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk is showcasing the work of area artist Jim Chapman.
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