TCVA announces 2010 spring exhibitions

Article Published: Mar. 4, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
TCVA announces 2010 spring exhibitions

Just when you think that it cannot be done again, Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts does it.

Continuing to stand by its belief to make the center accessible for the community to come in, participate and take ownership of the arts, this 2010 Spring exhibition season proves to be one that the community can be proud to call its own, a spokespersonfor the center said.

Whether it is Chinese inspired paintings, art stimulated by words, or a chance to sample some of ASU's own Department of Art faculty creations, there truly is something to delight every observer, the spokesperson said.

The opening reception for the exhibits takes place on Friday, March 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. and is part of the Downtown Boone Art Crawl, and is free of charge and open to the public.

Opening March 5 are the Appalachian Faculty Biennial, JinBao Han, the seventh annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, Syntax: 'sin-,taks, and Barbara Yale-Read.

JinBao and the Applachian Faculty Biennial are on display through March 20 in the Mayer Gallery and Gallery B, west wing, and the Catherine J. Smith Gallery and Gallery A, west wing, respectively.
The seventh annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, Syntax: 'sin,taks, and Barbara Yale-Read exhibitions are on display through June 5 in the Main, Mezzanine and Catwalk Community galleries, respectively.

The Appalachian Faculty Biennial provides a great opportunity for students to view and discuss artwork produced by their teachers, the spokesperson said. This exhibition also gives other faculty at Appalachian State University and the Boone community a chance to engage with the many ideas and practices being explored and taught within the Department of Art.

The Department of Art's Catherine J. Smith Gallery and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts collaborate to present this exhibition of new and inspiring work from numerous talented faculty members, he said.

Traditional Chinese painters and calligraphers inspire JinBao Han's artwork. His style is both delicate and dramatic, and embodies traditional Chinese painting, interpreted through his own contemporary style that includes vibrant color, resulting in what he describes as a "true, East-meets-West form of expression," the spokesperson said.

Originally from Beijing, China, JinBao Han lives in Asheville.

"My artwork has inherited the very spirit of the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture, as well as the fundamental essence of its many, dynamic philosophies to be found in the traditional Chinese paintings," JinBao Han says.

The seventh annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) has grown to become a prominent regional competition attracting the work of amateur and professional photographers from across the country and allowing them the opportunity to celebrate the unique people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.

AMPC is a partnership between Appalachian State University's Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

The Syntax: 'sin-,taks exhibition explores the way in which many contemporary artists employ writing the creation of images. From their use of the graphic quality of individual letters, to Arabic calligraphy, to words that possess meanings, these artists all create works that pull the viewer into a dialogue, the spokesperson said. The addition of writing adds an interesting layer to image making that challenges the viewer to interpret these visual cues.

Baltimore, Md., native Barbara Yale-Read, calligrapher and graphic designer, has worked to meet her client's needs and maintain impeccable design standards, the spokesperson said. The work featured in this exhibition focuses on her studio work that builds upon her strength as a calligrapher and image maker. Many of these works are built around a poem or passage in which the written word relays its narrative, not only through the story but also through the graphic and expressionistic quality of the writing.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m., Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted.

For more information about the Turchin Center, becoming a member, or the upcoming exhibitions, call (828) 262-3017 or visit

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