Lowell Hayes at Clark Gallery
Local artist Lowell Hayes is showing currently at Clark Gallery
in Banner Elk.
Hayes has shown with Clark for the last 11 years, with his current pieces at the gallery depicting nature. Hayes said he has been concentrating on the forest for the last 30 years.
As such, in his series, “Contemplation,” the viewpoint of the woods is an up-close, personal experience with nature, Clark Gallery’s Amy Yawn said.
Hayes said he is inspired by the rich and natural patterns he finds in the woods of the High Country, his home. His work is constructed with bark, moss, sticks, feathers and paint.
“One is transported into the woods, not looking from far away, but experiencing it,” Yawn said.
Hayes has called the High Country home for the last 45 years. He became a professional artist in the 1970s and helped to invigorate the Boone art scene with a gallery on Howard Street, called Will the Real Gallery Please Stand Up. The gallery kept a vigorous schedule of one show a week. “I don’t know how we kept up that pace,” Hayes said.
The gallery eventually moved to Hayes’s home in Valle Crucis and became The Hard to Find Gallery. It closed in 1999, but Hayes continues to work in his studio. He is busy with installations, as well, often accompanied by one of his grandchildren.
In 2011, Hayes was featured at Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts for his series on the hemlock trees. He has been exhibited in many museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and has artwork featured in numerous collections.
“Lowell is a gem of the High Country, and his work exudes his love of nature and desire to see it honored and cared for,” Yawn said.
Clark Gallery is located on 393 Shawneehaw Ave. in downtown Banner Elk, beside Louisiana Purchase. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or an appointment, call (828) 898-2095.
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