Laurel Gordon unveils new work
Laurel Gordon is breaking her way into the art scene of the
High Country and spreading a message along the way.
The most recent gallery to feature the up and coming artist is Main Street Gallery, located at 960 Main St. in Blowing Rock. Gordon has one goal in mind and a message she wants to relay.
“I want to remind society that the place in which we reside should be observed and cherished,” Gordon said. “We must remain grateful for the very ground on which we stand on. Art is more than just a pretty picture. I believe that it has to stand for something.
Gordon’s subject matter consists primarily of trees, which she said have a strong meaning to her, “not just in a physical or environmental sense, but in many ways,” including her “childhood memories, the sound of the wind in the leaves, the twist of the branch, the cast of a shadow, the spirit of the woods. They are all inspirations for my artwork.”
Gordon’s translucent, textured paintings allow the observer to feel the art in more ways than one, and they’ve been described as very “touchable.”
She was recently accepted into the juried Best of Western North Carolina 2012 exhibition at the Riverside Studios in Asheville. Her works are currently available in five galleries and gift shops throughout western North Carolina.
She also keeps busy by sharing her thoughts on her blog, “Finding Your Inner Artist,” at http://becometheartist.blogspot.com.Born in Ohio, Gordon spent most of her life residing in Florida. In her younger years, she began a career as a massage therapist, but was eventually forced to find work that was easier on her hands.
After many summer visits to the High Country, she fell in love with the mountain air and moved to Valle Crucis to begin her career as an artist. Gordon said she’s been an art lover all of her life and was greatly influenced by her grandmother’s paintings. Most days, she can be found working diligently in her private studio.Main Street Gallery is celebrating its 30th year in operation and invites art lovers to see its wide selection, including pottery, jewelry, fiber art, basketry, photography, paintings, woodworking and other traditional and contemporary hand crafted art.
For more information about Main Street Gallery, call (828) 295-7839 or visit http://www.mainstreetgallery.weebly.com. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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