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New art at Jones House

Article Published: May. 5, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
New art at Jones House

'Hilltop Mamas' by Marsha Holmes, featured in the Jones House's Mazie Jones Gallery.

On Friday night, May 6, as part of the Downtown Boone Art Crawl, the Watauga Arts Council, located in the Jones House at 604 W. King St., will have new exhibits and an opening reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with refreshments and is open to the public.

The Mazie Jones Gallery will feature the paintings of Marsha Holmes, who has titled her exhibit "Journey."

Holmes' formal art training began at UNC Greensboro, majoring in fine arts and specializing in painting and printmaking. She continued her studies at East Carolina University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

For the past 15 years, Holmes has worked as an artist and art instructor teaching both children and adults in a variety of programs. Currently, she teaches art at Project on Aging at the L.E. Harrill Center and Western Watauga Community Center in Watauga County. She curates the Serendipity Gallery at the Watauga Arts Council, exhibiting talented senior artists. Commissioned works include portraits of people and animals, as well as murals. She has served as juror for the Blowing Rock "Art in the Park" and for the High Country Watermedia Society members exhibit and has presented painting demonstrations and workshops for various artist groups.

Holmes said she feels fortunate to have traveled to Europe, as well as the Caribbean islands and Hawaii, but feels that nowhere is more beautiful than her home - the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, as the unique beauty of the area inspires her work both as a painter and an art teacher.

The Open Door Gallery is showcasing the photography of Ann Wolfe.

Since moving to Boone in 1998, Wolfe has been very moved by the area's surrounding beauty.

The vibrant colors, textures and patterns, expansive vistas, meadows, running streams, and vegetation have greatly inspired her work, which depicts the traditions, architecture, ways of life, and natural scenic beauty of the High Country.

"I'm always looking for different textures, patterns, lighting and color - and how they work with each other or oppose each other," Wolfe said. "I always want some kind of interaction between these elements. The more texture and pattern the better for me. I like the quality of old wood, shapes of doors, hinges, rusting ... that you can see around us."

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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