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Nemcosky art at the Jones House

Article Published: Jan. 7, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Nemcosky art at the Jones House

Edisto Dune by Ann Thompson Nemcosky

For the New Year, the Watauga Arts Council is unveiling a couple new exhibits, and in more ways than one.

In the Jones House Community Center's Mazie Jones and Open Door galleries, the arts council will display the art of married couple Gary and Ann Thompson Nemcosky.

Gary Nemcosky, whose art will be displayed in the downstairs Mazie Jones Gallery, is an art instructor at Appalachian State University, who graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing at West Virginia University in 1982. He later received a master's degree from East Carolina University, and has been teaching art at ASU since 1989.

"My work through the years has always been about process and technique, with a major emphasis on the exploration of mixing and combining various media," he said in his artist's statement, mentioning traditional media, digital collage and everyday materials, like instant coffee and shoe polish, as part of the variety.

"Another major aspect of my work is that I consider them to be still-lifes, often in the vanitas tradition," the statement reads. "The selection of juxtaposed objects are meant to be read within this framework."

Ann Thompson Nemcosky, whose work will be featured upstairs in the Open Door Gallery, has most recently worked in dry media, drawing with colored pencils, graphite and pastel. "I enjoy creating art that finds the sacred in the ordinary, that celebrates the commonplace," she said in her artist's statement.

"With colored pencil, I am inspired by the possibilities presented by this unique media. There is something about a sense of place and time that continues to fascinate me. Graphically, I am interested in the edges in a landscape, where the various shapes and planes meet, like the trees at the edge of a field, and the interaction of shapes through color and light."

She noted that all the imagery in her drawings is her own, calling her camera "an extension of my sketchbook."

"I am constantly taking notes with my photographs," she said. Because my drawings are such a slow process, using a photo reference is almost always necessary."

She achieved a master of fine arts degree from East Carolina University, adding to that 15 years' experience in print media advertising and design, and teaching art and design at the university level.

The galleries are sponsored by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, and an artists' reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Boone Art Crawl on Friday
The Jones House gallery openings are part of the Downtown Boone Art Crawl, to be held this Friday.

Scheduled for the first Friday of each month (in this case, the second), the Art Crawl sees area galleries and businesses open their doors in celebration of art, community and a combination of the two, oftentimes served alongside refreshments.

Participating galleries, restaurants and businesses typically include Green Mother Goods, Earth Fare, Boone Drug, beansTalk, Doe Ridge Pottery, Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Looking Glass Gallery, Capone's Pizza & Bar, Ink Link Tattoos, Boone Saloon, Tupelo's World Cafe, Lucky Penny, Macado's, Hands Gallery, Gladiola Girls, Beadbox & Grateful Grounds, ArtWalk, Boone Drug, Our Daily Bread, the Jones House Community Center, Mast General Store, The Collective on Depot, Black Cat Burrito, Footsloggers, Char, Mellow Mushroom, Fat Cats Music & Video, Cafe Portofino, Reid's Cafe, Vidalia, Murphy's, the Nth Degree Gallery, the Downtown Boone Development Association, and the GreenHouse.
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