Mae Trapp art at the Jones House
Rebekah Mae Trapp always wanted to be an artist, but she was a little timid when it came to putting brush to canvas.
In her spare time, Trapp fondly watched a close friend paint for a lengthy period of time before finally deciding her time had come to bring the bright and vivid illustrations of her mind to life for all to see.
After more than a year of capturing her inner thoughts on canvas, Trapp is slowly building a following of collectors through showcases and exhibits in the High Country.
Her latest show — a 13-piece collection of abstract work — will be on display in the Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House Community Center in downtown Boone. The show is on display throughout the month of May.
Abstract painting is the illustration of themes, shapes, colors and any other thought or feeling other than the traditional portrait or scenery piece, Trapp said, adding that she draws most of her inspirations from nature, dancing, music and generally having fun.
“I’ve always been interested in art, but never pursued it,” she said. “Then I met another sculptor and painter. I watched him paint for a long time. It looked like a lot of fun, so I gave it a try and discovered I really liked it.”
A lot of Trapp’s friends in the local art community seem to appreciate her work, as well.
Until recently, Trapp had a collection of her work on display at Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Boone. “They liked what they saw, so I stuck with it,” she said.
Trapp has another show coming up at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace in conjunction with the Watauga County Arts Council.
“I’ve been really lucky as far as getting my work out there,” she said. “The owner of Vidalia’s came out and really loved my work, and a show came from that. That led to a bunch of phone calls from there.”
As for other budding artists, Trapp has some simple, but lasting advice.
“Try it and just stick with it,” she said. “If it’s something you really want to do, you should have fun with it. Don’t get bogged down trying to do just one thing either.”
In the future, Trapp said she would like to dabble in clay and sculptures. “I’ve always loved clay, but I guess I better stick to one thing at a time,” she said.
For more information on Trapp’s artwork, visit http://www.artistmae.com. For more on her Jones House exhibit, visit http://www.joneshousecommunitycenter.org.
The Jones House, located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone, will host an opening reception Friday, May 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.