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Article Published: Feb. 14, 2013 | Modified: Feb. 14, 2013
‘Light in Nature’

Peter Paglen's series of paintings, 'Light in Nature,' will be on display at the Dickson Gallery at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

The Dickson Gallery in Cannon Memorial Hospital is featuring the series, “Light in Nature,” comprised of acrylic paintings by local businessman and Appalachian State University faculty member Peter Paglen.

The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery. Refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be held the following Sunday, Feb. 24.

Paglen began his artistic career in 1980 as a commercial illustrator, architectural renderer and graphic designer. Over his 30-year career, he has helped hundreds of architects envision thousands of new structures, from banks and churches to new monorail systems and highways.

Paglen moved his family and business to Banner Elk in August 1995, and he and his wife, Stephanie, have been active members of the local community ever since.

In 2002, he accepted an adjunct position in Appalachian’s interior design department, teaching students how to draw and present their design concepts professionally.

Before ASU brought Paglen on board, it had never offered a drawing course of this degree to its interior design students. This gave him the opportunity to use his talent and real-world experience to create a class specially tailored to the needs of his students. The class has now become a required course and is affectionately known by the students as “Pete’s Class.”

At the same time that Paglen was creating the drawing course for Appalachian, he began to desire a more challenging artistic outlet than the architectural rendering with which he made his living. In 20 years of painting for clients, he very rarely had the opportunity to paint what truly inspired him.

In his search for inspiration, Paglen found that he was fascinated by the beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. This love of the outdoors and nature led to a series of paintings 10 years in the making. He spent hundreds of hours hiking throughout Avery, Watauga and Ashe counties, as well as Eastern Tennessee, gathering material for his “Light in Nature” series.

“I just love light in nature,” he said. “There are times it’s so beautiful it just stops me.”

Paglen’s many years of experience in architectural rendering paid off in the vibrant realism of the landscapes depicted in “Light in Nature.”

The entire series will be shown in the Dickson Gallery at Cannon Memorial Hospital. To inquire about pricing or purchasing one of Paglen’s paintings or canvas reprints (giclees), call (828) 333-4170.

Gallery Times

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

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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