Jolley and Rush glasswork at Art Cellar

Article Published: Sep. 20, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 21, 2012

This week’s news at The Art Cellar Gallery includes a 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash on Sept. 20, the arrival of new glass by internationally acclaimed glass artists Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush and the upcoming Anniversary Cake Invitational in October.

The gallery bash will take place Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., celebrating The Art Cellar’s 20th season and the work of artist Tim Turner. Turner has just delivered new paintings and two studio racks filled with a wide selection of wood-fired and electric-fired earthenware pottery.

New work will be arriving from glass artists Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush. This husband and wife team lives and works in Knoxville, Tenn., where they each pursue their own studio glasswork that is blown and hot worked.

These artists each have an international reputation and have shown their work across the country, individually and in a recent joint exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art.

Rush’s work focuses on richly colored floral vases, some which are adorned with flowing glass flowers, all with rich color and graceful form.

Jolley will be showing two classical figurative pieces, a dove perched on thistle branches and his iconic dogs at play, all created in glass.

In preparation for the October exhibition, the gallery is beginning to receive pieces for the final exhibition of the summer season, the 20th Anniversary Cake Invitational.

The exhibition will include a wide range of artwork inspired by the theme of “cake.” It may be a canvas showing a lemon pound cake or a painted and carved wooden slice of cake or abstractions related to cake. The exhibition will run Oct. 3 to 27 and will have an open house reception on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m.

According to gallery director Liz Brown, new work is always being added to inventory on general exhibit, “and September and October are sure to bring some exciting new artworks.”

For more information on any of the upcoming events, contact The Art Cellar Gallery at (828) 898-5175, or ( The gallery is located at 920 Shawneehaw Ave. in Banner Elk.

Gallery Times

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

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