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‘Islands to Highlands’

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Article Published: Jul. 12, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 16, 2012
‘Islands to Highlands’

The blown-glass artwork of Scott Summerfield is part of the Avery Gallery’s ‘Islands to Highlands’ exhibition.

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For the month of July, five artists’ work will grace the exhibition walls of the Avery Gallery.

The special group show, “Islands to Highlands,” features the works of ceramicists Liz Summerfield and Valerie Schnaufer, blown glass artist Scott Summerfield and painters Susan Garriques, Heidi Fisher and Dava Carson.

Why “Islands to Highlands?” The title was coined by Schnaufer to describe her newest body of work, and she generously allowed the name and its theme to extend to the entire show.

“My ceramic work begins with forms found in nature,” Schnaufer said. “During days spent hiking the mountains of Western North Carolina and combing the beaches of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, I collect from nature treasures that continue to fascinate me for their forms, beauty or unusual characteristics. I study these found objects and begin to construct a ‘home’ of sorts from clay slabs. All of my dwellings are hand-built, fired with under-glazes and oxides and then filled with something found from the highlands or islands. It is my wish that the observer is drawn closer to nature when looking at my work.”

The connection between the High Country’s lofty mountains and more tropical locales resonated with the other artists included in the show. The result is a group exhibition that is colorful, whimsical and representative of the natural world both near and far.

The reception for “Islands to Highlands” is on Friday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Avery Gallery in Linville. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The Avery County Arts Council and its gallery are located at 77 Ruffin Street in Linville. For more information, call the Avery Arts Council at (828) 733-0054 or email (

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