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‘Mountains, Legends and Lore’ at Avery Gallery

Article Published: Jun. 7, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 2, 2012
‘Mountains, Legends and Lore’ at Avery Gallery

The Avery Arts Council’s Avery Gallery hosts the exhibit, ‘Mountains Legends and Lore,’ through June, featuring the work of Lillian Trettin, Linda Elksnin and Remo Piracci.

Currently on view at the Avery Gallery, “Mountains, Legends and Lore” combines the two-dimensional artwork of Lillian Trettin and Linda Elksnin with the face jug pottery of Remo Piracci.
This show will be on display until the beginning of July, with a reception on June 23.

Trettin is an artist who, despite having traveled widely and lived in other places, claims to be permanently “South haunted.” Her artwork is figurative and narrative with a style derived from comics, sometimes with an absurdist twist or a dark satirical side.

She prefers scissors and drawing instruments to paint brushes, making cut-paper collages from handmade, hand-painted and commercial paper. For this exhibit, Trettin created a series of cut-paper collages portraying regional characters, such as Spearfinger (a Cherokee witch), a mountain woman transformed into an owl, an eccentric mountain hermit, a winged mountain cavalry and ghostly moonshiners of the past.

Elksnin’s inspiration comes from eclectic sources, including textiles, self-taught and outsider artists, and mainstream artists, such as Mark Rothko and Romare Bearden. She creates paintings by layering watercolor and gouache on a painted background and builds up color and texture using paint and colored pencils. Whether her subject matter is abstract or loosely based on reality, the common thread of all of her work is color and graphically pleasing design.

Potter Piracci has been working in the mud for more than six years, transitioning from 30 years as a wood craftsman. Piracci said,“My interest started with face jugs, and, as I studied, I wanted to express not just the faces, but the emotion projected in the great Native American chiefs as they faced the demise of their tribes and heritage.”

Speaking about his learning process, he said, “I feel I have to take risks, and from mistakes you learn. So things break or a part doesn’t fit or a pot cracks – from here you learn and perfect your technique.”

To see the learned techniques of all three artists, visit the Avery Gallery, open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. This exhibit will also have a reception, held during the Old Hampton Store’s annual Cornbread Cook-Off on June 23. During the afternoon, both Trettin and Elksnin will demonstrate their artistic processes. The reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening.

For more information, call the Avery Arts Council at (828) 733-0054 or email (

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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