Landscapes and Objects at Art Cellar



Article Published: Jul. 8, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Landscapes and Objects at Art Cellar

"Laurel Bloomery" by Gregory Smith



When collectors think of adding regional landscapes to their collection, it is often the work of well known area artist Gregory Smith, whose work captures the essence of our area's barns and landscapes through his work on canvas.

Banner Elk's Art Cellar Gallery has represented Smith for much of his career, and his work continues to be highly sought as his reputation has grown.

Two years ago, emerging artist Branch Richter was added to the Art Cellar's roster of artists. Like Smith, Branch Richter grew up in the mountains of WNC and has a personal connection to and interpretation of the mountain landscape. Richter has already gained many enthusiastic collectors and admirers of his work.

The Art Cellar Gallery presents an exhibition featuring the landscapes of these two artists, at different phases of their careers, with their own interpretations of the local landscape. Both artists' landscapes could be defined as impressionistic, but a single term does not really capture the core of these paintings.

"With canvas, brush and paint Smith and Richter create a sense of place and capture moments in time allowing views to experience the landscape through the artist's eye," a gallery spokesperson said.

The "objects" portion of this exhibition highlights the diverse talent of Smith, who also creates trompe l'oeil works on canvas and paper. The subject matter can range from historical pieces of furniture, folk pottery, bee hives, or study of compositions of common objects in new relationships.

The Landscapes and Objects show will run from July 5 through July 17, with an opening reception with the artists on Saturday, July 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Art Cellar Gallery at (828) 898-5175 or visit the gallery on N.C. 184 in Banner Elk.



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

For more information, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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