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Article Published: Aug. 15, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 15, 2013
James Kerr artwork at Clark Gallery

'Jazz Band at Preservation Hall' by James Kerr

Since its very beginnings, Clark Gallery in Banner Elk has shown the work of James P. Kerr.

Twelve years ago, the gallery used to be Kerr’s own personal studio and gallery space, and his murals adorn the walls of the Louisiana Purchase restaurant next door.

Kerr paints a variety of subjects in search of, as he said, “capturing a moment in time.”
He has painted landscapes, both by the sea and in the mountains, as well as portraits, colorful market scenes and jazz bands.

“His work is vibrant in color and expressive and impressionistic in its rendering,” Clark Gallery’s Amy Yawn said, adding that the gallery boasts a wide variety of Kerr’s work.

Kerr was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and was involved in the art community at an early age, training under painting legends Lazlo Szabo and Carl Illig. He has been exhibiting his oil paintings for more than 40 years, many of which can be found in numerous collections, such as Duke Energy and the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies.

At Clark Gallery, viewers can see it Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Clark Gallery is located at 393 Shawnehehaw Lane in downtown Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-2095 or visit

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