July with the Avery Arts Council in Linville

Article Published: Jun. 30, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
July with the Avery Arts Council in Linville

'Grandfather in December' at the Avery Arts Council Gallery.

Drawing a blank on how to have fun this July?

The Avery Arts Council, from its new home in the emerging Linville Arts District, has a month jam-packed with activities for artists of all ages.

Firstly, there is the July exhibition, "Drawn to Nature." This show features the combined talents of painters Gaylene Petcu and JoAnn Pippin.

Viewers are invited to see nature through the eyes of these two local artists. Petcu was recently honored by being the June cover artist for the publication, The Laurel of Asheville.

As the show's title implies, both Petcu and Pippin find their inspiration in the natural world, which sometimes means taking their work outdoors.

"The few pieces I've done completely en plein air are some of my most gratifying," Petcu said. "The rapidly changing light forces me to concentrate on the essence of a scene. When I can capture whatever first attracted me to a scene, I almost always like the finished painting."

"Drawn to Nature" opens with a reception on Friday, July 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Avery Arts Council's gallery is located behind the Old Hampton Store at 77 Ruffin St. in Linville.

The grounds of the gallery are also the site of art classes in July, for both children and adults. On the July 8, 15 and 22, Mary Karam will teach "Innovative Art Day Get-A-Ways" for age's teen to adults. The classes are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include morning refreshments and a box lunch from the Old Hampton Store.

Karam has been teaching kid's classes with the Avery Arts Council in June and intends to bring her innovative style to each of the getaways. The first class's project, on July 8, is to create handmade expressive journals.

Examples of Karam's journals are on display (and for sale) at the Avery Arts Council's gallery. Each class is $550 and includes all materials. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to sign up, call the gallery at (828) 733-0054 or e-mail (info@averycountyartscouncil.org)

In addition to Karam's classes, there will also be pottery classes in the Linville Arts District.
Potter Joe Comeau will teach kid's pottery from July 11 to 15 and adult pottery classes the following week (July 18-22).

Comeau was introduced to clay in 1994 and is a former resident at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville. His studio, Two Trees Pottery, is in Bakersville, and he is represented by 87 Ruffin Street Gallery in Linville.

The kids and adult classes are from 1 to 4 p.m. The kids classes cost $10 per child per day, and the adult classes are $165 for the week. Students will be hand-building with clay, and all classes include materials.

Comeau describes his teaching as "...taking a trip back in time as we learn the different techniques used throughout history. We will use these techniques to shape, form and build our own pieces of work much the same as potters have done in the past and still do today."

To register for Comeau's classes, call or e-mail the gallery.

The Avery Arts Council's gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

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