Article Published: Aug. 1, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 1, 2013
Morning Star Gallery invites the public to view a show of paintings and prints by North Carolina artists Janet Geismar, Linda Griffin, Larry Hultquist, Louise Keranen, Norma Fowler, Trena McNabb and Wes Waugh.
The group shows features new work, including the themes of landscape, floral, still life and abstraction.
Linda Griffin is an artist who exemplifies the drive for artistic exploration and change, Morning Star Gallery’s Maggie Wilson said, adding that her award-winning floral paintings gave way to jewel-like abstract compositions. Gallery visitors will see Griffin’s floral paintings and abstract works.
Larry Hultquist’s paintings are a tribute to the beauty of the vistas and hidden coves along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Wilson said. Hultquist is a landscape architect of the Blue Ridge Parkway and comes from a family of 13 artistic siblings.
“His watercolors stand out in this group for his distinctive hand, as well as for his interpretation of natural settings,” Wilson said.
Louise Keranen and Jan Geismar’s acryclic paintings reflect their playful and imaginative approaches to visual expression, Wilson said, noting that Keranen’s “Nature Repackaged” is especially entertaining.
Keranen and Geismar’s work leads way to the paintings of Trena McNabb, “who reminds us to look and savor all that she offers as visual delights for our eyes,” Wilson said.
McNabb’s paintings feature themes of wildlife habitats and Mother Earth, with all of them encouraging viewers to take time to “look,” in that “things are sometimes more than they seem to be on first glance.”
Prints from area artist Wes Waugh and paintings by Norma Fowler of Linville comprise the landscape offerings in the summer group show.
Morning Star Galley is located at 1151 S. Main St. in downtown Blowing Rock. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 295-6991.
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