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The Art of Nature at Morning Star

Article Published: Apr. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
The Art of Nature at Morning Star

'Rhododendron Sunrise' by John Smith

Mark Twain once said, "Everyone talks about ... the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
Exception: Artists Trena McNabb and Jim Ruff have been busy for months creating a collection of art all about the weather for Morning Star Gallery in Blowing Rock.

Sunny mountain landscapes? Check. Bluebirds amidst blooming flowers? Yep. Mountains adrift in snow? Yes. Blooms and butterflies in spring rain? Indeed.

McNabb is nationally known for her storytelling style of painting. These acrylics on canvas portray the fullness of life through multiple images working together to create a whole story. Her botanicals are fashioned in a similar process using real flowers and leaves from nature in her colorful imaginative compositions.

Ruff's photography captures both unlikely moments, as well as familiar ones, showing the many sides of Mother Nature. A red fox quickly picking his way across a snow-driven path explains the perils of winter as aptly as the pink rhododendrons on a mountain bald in the sunshine conveys a long-awaited spring day.

On Friday, April 15, Morning Star Gallery will be open until 8 p.m. for the public to view these artists' works.

Morning Star Gallery is located at 257 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-6991.

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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