Jones House welcomes new art

Article Published: Jun. 3, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Jones House welcomes new art

"The Speed of Thunder" by Derfla

This Friday, June 4, as part of the Downtown Art Crawl, the Jones House Community Center presents two new exhibits on display and an opening reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The first exhibit is in the Mazie Jones Gallery and titled "The Collision of Possibilities" by Derfla.
Kent Paulette is a self-taught artist living in the Boone area and painting under the name of "Derfla." He has exhibited at the Jones House in 2004 and 2008 and also has had solo exhibits at the Hickory Museum of Art, Cannon Memorial Hospital and Lees-McRae College.

In addition to the paintings at the Jones House, Derfla has paintings for sale at ArtWalk. He also participates in the Art Placement program operated by the Watauga Arts Council. This program allows the artist to place pieces for sale in many businesses where both tourists and local folks can enjoy the artwork.

He has paintings at Char Restaurant in Boone and Glidewell's in Blowing Rock and has placed his work in many other venues in the Hickory and Boone areas.

For this exhibit at the Jones House, Derfla has included paintings utilizing a variety of subjects and techniques. After combing through his paintings, he has picked out some of his favorite oil paintings from the last two years. In addition, he has created some new ones in the last couple of months specifically for this exhibit, including some to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This exhibit highlights Derfla's current fascination with trying to capture movement in his work. He said that he has always been drawn to the female form, so it seemed natural to try to capture the movement of dancers. Another way he tries to capture movement is in the way his process abstracts the image. Because the marks are loose and not exact, the subject can be seen in many slightly different ways. For instance, an arm might be right here, or it might be a little over there. The mind switches between the two and, in the process, it sees movement.
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In the Open Door Gallery, the Jones House is featuring artist Chris Cole and the exhibit, "Expressions of Watauga & Native America."

Cole said that as long as she can remember, she's had an interest in art. Years ago, she actually started two art programs-one in Florida and one in North Carolina, and they are both still thriving today. She also directed a program in Cabarrus County and served as interim director of the arts council there.

When she retired and had more time, Cole decided to try painting and had two years of tutoring at the Fine Arts Center in Orange Park, Fla. Oil was her entry medium, but soft pastel has become her favorite approach to creating landscapes, some with architecture, and also animals, birds and even portraits. The subject is the catalyst to deciding which medium feels right to achieve the finished work.

Cole's work has appeared in Orange Park in three solo shows, in the Cancer Society Auctions three times, and through several commissions. She currently shows at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis.

She said that the greatest thrill came early in her painting achievements when she made the top 200 cut in the 2001 Arts for the Parks competition and sent her entry to be displayed in two galleries in Jackson, Wyo. Cole spends about half of the year living on Beech Mountain and is inspired by the natural scenery that abounds in the High Country.

The Jones House is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information on the Watauga Arts Council, visit or call (828) 264-1789.

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