Sculpture, Photography & Old Friends
With summer temperatures at their fever pitch, August is a perfect time to celebrate life in the High Country.
This month, the Avery Arts Council exhibits artwork by both new and returning members, whose work ranges from photography to wood and metal sculpture to traditional paintings in oil and acrylic.
At the Avery Arts Gallery in Linville (behind the Old Hampton Store), sculptor Adam Adcock's mixed media work will be exhibited with the photographs of John Weber. The Adcock-Weber show will open with a reception on Friday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
This reception is being held in conjunction with the Old Hampton Store's Friday Night Fish Fry. The scheduling of this event allows folks to enjoy both art and dinner in the same location.
John Weber has been a nature photographer since 1984. His work has been recognized 13 times at the annual Grandfather Mountain Nature Photographers Weekend, including a 2006 Hugh Morton Best in Show award. His work has also been included in the Ray's Weather Calendar in 2010 and 2011. Weber's photos are found in residences and businesses around the Carolinas, as well as in the Grandfather Mountain Fudge shop.
Adam Adcock is a mixed-media sculptor on the faculty of Appalachian State University's art department. His accomplishments include winning Best in Show at the 2008 Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir and being a presenter at the 2009 N.C. Sculpture Consortium.
Speaking about his artist progress, Adcock said, "My work has become more improvisational. It's now more of a response to the materials than letting the artwork happen. When I was younger, I was very concerned about making an important statement. Now, I know I can say something meaningful, but I don't worry about it too much. It's not contrived, and I end up with something I wasn't expecting. That's the attitude I try to impart to my students: If you learn about the materials and processes, then you'll enjoy just making art."
And in Cannon Hospital's Dickson Gallery, the Avery Arts Council presents "Two Docs, a Hawk, and a Stone." Featuring the works of Barbara Timberman, Amy Cooke, Mark Littlejohn, Jerry Olsen and Jerry Stone, this show will be on display beginning Aug. 6. The reception will be on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., with live music by Ottava Rima.
For more information, call (828) 733-0054 or visit http://www.averycountyartscouncil.org.