'Stones Speak' at Avery Arts Council

Article Published: Aug. 25, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
'Stones Speak' at Avery Arts Council

This September, the Avery County Arts Council will present a collaborative exhibit of visual art and poetry.

The Stones Speak is the title of the show featuring the artwork of Cindy Michaud and the poetry of Faye Picardi. They have worked individually on some, and in tandem on others to create each work of art featured.

Although The Stones Speak is a new venture for these artists, they have joined forces in the past. In spring 2010, Picardi and Michaud participated in a yearlong project of collaboration between the written and painted word. Artists were paired with poets and "turned loose" on a creative romp, producing one new poem and one new piece of art per pair. The exhibit opened to a standing room-only crowd in the Brevard Art Museum in Melbourne, Fla. To learn more about that show, see http://411.fit.edu/transformations.

Michaud describes The Stones Speak as " a labor of love ... and of frustration and of challenges and of fun. As projects often do, one thing led to another and another and it really took on a life of its own."

The opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Avery Arts Gallery in Linville (behind the Old Hampton Store). It will feature live music, refreshments and a poetry reading by Picardi at 6:30 p.m. There will also be commemorative books available for sale. The show will be on display through September. To learn more about Michaud and "The Stones Speak," see cindymichaud.com.

Also in September, Gaylene Petcu and Craig Franz both show their landscape paintings at the Dickson Gallery inside Cannon Memorial Hospital. Petcu's pastels of local landscapes, peaceful and luminous in their depiction, have been garnering more and more attention. Her work was featured on the June 2011 cover of The Laurel of Asheville magazine, she exhibited at the Avery Arts Gallery in July (along with JoAnn Pippin), and she is currently exhibiting at the Toe River Arts Council's Spruce Pine gallery as part of the Blue Ridge Fine Art Guild's Route 80 show.

Franz, who began as a pastel artist, has begun working in oil. Franz says he's "making the switch" because " working in oil allows me to paint en plein air [outside]. They are helpful in capturing a landscape, especially the shadows. And as a landscape painter, well, that's our subject matter."

He will be showing recent oil paintings at the Dickson Gallery. Franz could adapt the new medium quickly, since, as he says, "Most pastel painters are also oil painters; the techniques are the same. Oils certainly allow you to paint outdoors more easily."

Visit the Dickson Gallery throughout September to see the work of both of these landscape painters.

The Avery County Arts Council is a nonprofit organization working to enrich the people of Avery County through meaningful arts and cultural experiences. For more than 30 years the council has helped to support school arts programs and served as a resource for artists and the community.

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