New exhibits open at Turchin Center

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Article Published: Feb. 6 | Modified: Feb. 6
New exhibits open at Turchin Center

‘Dream Repeater: Utopia by IlaSahai Prouty’ is on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

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How do you beat the cold? Celebrate it!

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts hosts the Winter Exhibition Celebration Friday, Feb. 7, featuring the unveiling of three new exhibitions.

The celebration runs from 6 to 10 p.m., as part of the Downtown Boone First Friday Art Crawl and the center’s 10th anniversary celebration.

“The Winter Exhibition Celebration is a chance for people to not just check out the new artwork in the galleries, but also to celebrate the arts in our community,” said Megan Stage, marketing and public relations manager with ASU’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. “It is always great to hear people’s reactions to the new work on display.”

The work includes “Abstract Evolvement: The Fiber Arts of Ineke Thomas,” “Dream Repeater: Utopia by IlaSahai Prouty” and the 2014 Department of Art Biennial Exhibition.

‘Abstract Evolvement’

“Abstract Evolvement: The Fiber Arts of Ineke Thomas” is on display in the Mayer Gallery in the West Wing through March 22.

“My connection with fibers and textiles had its beginning with creating quilts,” Thomas writes in her artist’s statement. “The process of manipulating and transforming individual pieces of cut fabric into a beautiful finished piece gives me a sense of great accomplishment and satisfaction.”

Born in Holland, she moved to North Carolina in 1964, where she met Lowell Thomas, her husband of 47 years. But it was the 35 years of quilt-making that prompted her to look at fibers in a new way.

“In my newest work, I infuse found objects, along with a variety of additional mediums,” she writes in her statement. “I include materials, such as metals, pottery pieces, cardboard, feathers, buttons, small pebbles and rusted items. My collecting process is contrary to that of a magpie. My selected pieces hold a certain narrative and history, where nature and mans’ discards take on a second life in these works.”

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‘Dream Repeater’

“Dream Repeater: Utopia by IlaSahai Prouty” is on display in Gallery B in the West Wing through March 22.

According to the TCVA, “Dream Repeater” is a site-specific installation that uses prints, sculptures, videos and other media to retell the story of a repeating dream, called “Utopia,” which demonstrates “how repetition intensifies an experience and allows us to discover hidden meaning from our own memories, dreams and stories.”

According to Prouty, the dream explores a number of themes, including frustration, violence, desire and false promise, to create a “surrealistic, interactive dreamscape for the visitor to explore.”

To set the mood at Friday’s opening, Charlotte-based theater group The Machine ( will perform a piece, “Over There,” at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

“I’m fascinated with repetition and how it has the ability to intensify experience and create significance, even as each repetition drifts from the original,” Prouty writes in her artist’s statement. “I collect vivid and repeating dreams from others, then create repetitions of them in various ways. I write the dreams, I retell them, I reenact them and invite others to adopt them.”

Prouty specializes in sculptures, installations, video, public art and prints. She holds a MFA from the California College of Art in San Francisco, Calif., and a BFA from Brown University in Providence, R.I. She studied at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and has exhibited throughout the United States. She’s currently an assistant professor in the art department at ASU.

Concurrently on Friday, the Nth Degree Gallery, located at 683 W. King St., will host a group show that explores the same dream. The Nth exhibition features the work of Joe Bigley, Karen Cleveland, Vickie Grube and Rachel Ballard.

Department of Art Biennial

The 2014 Department of Art Biennial Exhibition will be presented in Gallery A of the West Wing through March 22.

The exhibition showcases the work of ASU’s multidisciplinary art faculty. According to the TCVA, the exhibit provides “direct engagement with the current creative and scholarly research of the faculty, (initiating) critical dialogue about the nature of contemporary art.”

The biennial is a joint exhibition, in that it will be displayed in two locations. It will hang in the Smith Gallery (formerly Catherine J. Smith Gallery) at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, located at 733 Rivers St., through Feb. 27, and in the Turchin Center through March 22.

According to its official description, “This exhibition offers students interaction with familiar faculty, while also providing other faculty and staff at Appalachian State and the Boone community a chance to engage with the many ideas and practices being explored and taught within the Department of Art.”

And More

Admission to the Winter Exhibition Celebration is free, and Stage said the celebration promises live music and a chance to meet the artists.

“The artists that are opening shows this season are so different and unique,” she said. “All three exhibitions celebrate artists in our area, whether they have a direct connection to Appalachian State University or the greater community. It is a wonderful chance to honor and celebrate our local artists.”

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, visit, or call (828) 262-3017.

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‘Dream Repeater: Utopia by IlaSahai Prouty’ is on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.
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Fiber art by Ineke Thomas is now on display at the Turchin Center.

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