'Markers' series at Nth Gallery



Article Published: Sep. 2, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
'Markers' series at Nth Gallery

Heather Divoky's artwork will be on display at the Nth Gallery on Friday.



Markers: Not just for coloring.

Ask Appalachian State University senior Heather Divoky. She's opening her first ever show Friday at the Nth Gallery, just in time for the Downtown Boone Art Crawl.

"The focus of the show is marker," the art history major said. "It's really detailed. I had one teacher tell me I have the 'detail disease.' He didn't exactly like my work, but that's OK."

After all, the folks at Nth Gallery do Divoky, who hopes to graduate in May, is from Wilmington and developed the series in an unconventional way.

"These pieces came out of me not really paying attention in class, and I would doodle," she said. "I sort of found that I could focus more if I doodled in class."

The doodles just got bigger and bigger. Now they're a collection.

"I like depicting lists," she said. "I've done the four seasons, the four elements ... I like depicting animals, too."

For Divoky, whose past portfolio includes wire work, it's not about painting a canvas.

"I've never really liked painting," she said. "I don't really have the patience for it."

It's about the art itself, not the medium, and Appalachian has gone a long way toward honing her style.

"The people here, actually, have really inspired me," she said. "It's so different. Everyone from here is so relaxed and much more open to art and just life in general. I think the environment itself has really, really inspired me, because all I do outside of art is spend my time outdoors."
The 21-year-old isn't sure what graduation will bring, but hopes to pursue a career in art conservation or Meso-American art history.

Check her work out Friday at the Nth Gallery, located at 683 W. King St. in downtown Boone, as part of the Downtown Boone Art Crawl.

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