Jones House hosts May exhibits

Article Published: May. 6, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Jones House hosts May exhibits

"Images of Nature in Fiber and Glass" by Susan Sharpe, Sandy Adair and Jak Brewer will be on display at the Jones House's Mazie Jones Gallery through May. Images submitted

This Friday as part of the Boone Downtown Art Crawl the Jones House will be hosting a reception for four local artists from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

The Jones House is located at 604 W. King St., and in its Mazie Jones Gallery, featured will be an exhibit called "Images of Nature in Fiber and Glass," by Susan Sharpe, Sandy Adair, and Jak Brewer. Photography by Tommy White is featured in the Jones House Open Door Gallery.

Susan Sharpe's artwork incorporates a variety of media, with the main material being handmade paper which she processes by hand beginning with the actual plant. Sometimes bleaching or dying is used to increase the color range. Additional fiber materials include beads, buttons, fabric and other found objects.

Another process she uses is called felting - this involves locking fibers together with heat and pressure. Sharpe seeks to express the spiritual energy of nature and people's unique relationship to it in her artwork.

Sandy Adair was once a student of Sharpe's many years ago when she was learning to weave. Since then they have become friends and often do art shows together. "Susan must have been an excellent teacher because Sandy has virtually learned to paint with yarn, needles and other fibers," a spokesperson for the Jones House said.

As a colorist, Adair seeks to express the ever-changing nuances of light and color through a subtle blending of fibers, color tones and textures in her weavings. Most of her work is done by commission and has been featured in numerous publications. Some of her work that is available for public viewing is at the EPA Visitor Center near Raleigh, North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville and Appalachian State University's "Whitewater Room."

Jak Brewer works with glass and makes stained glass pieces, as well as glass sculptures. He enjoys the beauty of landscapes and depicts them in his artwork. Brewer says, "Landscapes have long been a subject of mankind's affection; from primitive man's awe of standing on a hill looking out to the mysterious and majestic distance with its sensuous land forms and beautiful skyscapes to our present longing for the beautiful and soothing vistas."

In the Open Door Gallery will be works by photographer Tommy White. White has always been interested in photography and pursued it all through college at Appalachian State University.

"Here, he also fell in love with the mountains and the great people who live here," the spokesperson said. "Upon graduation, not sure that photography could actually be a means of making a living, he went into retail management with our well- known Mast General Store. But in 2007, after 18 years, Tommy decided to leave his corporate career and pursue his passion of photography. This medium constantly brings him into the outdoors, nature, and landscapes which he loves to capture in his photography. He enjoys showcasing his work in a way that brings the viewer into the photograph, whether through a creative angle, a new technique or print media that is not commonly seen."

The Jones House Community Center is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-4576.

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