Tim Ford & Lisa Stinson:
"New Explorations" is the current exhibition at The Art Cellar Gallery, showing the work of painter Tim Ford and clay artist Lisa Stinson.
There will be an opening reception at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk with the artists on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. Both of these artists are busy with careers as professors at Appalachian State University's art department and also as active studio artists, committed to challenging themselves and their materials.
The Art Cellar Gallery has shown Stinson's work for several years, but this is the first time her work has been shown together with Tim Ford.
Stinson has used this show as an opportunity to continue her exploration of the idea of landscape and geography.
Stinson said, "I am interested in motifs that communicate evidence of time, such as watermarks or natural cycles."
Her work takes the recognizable platter form, enlarged and hung on the wall, and uses it to explore the results of multiple firings and glazing processes, which create rich surface texture, color and subtle contrasts. This exhibition also includes the introduction of new vase forms, which highlight Stinson's rich textures.
Ford has a wide following of admirers, ranging from his students and fellow artists to enthusiastic collectors. He keeps a busy teaching schedule, including summer class at ASU and figure drawing workshops, but one can imagine that he always has a sketchpad close at hand to capture and interpret his daily interactions and reactions to the world around him.
Ford said, "Making these images, solving visual problems help me gain a healthier perspective of an often-troubling world."
One painting in the exhibition is a work of charcoal on panel that shows Ford's expressive style, confident technique and fearless exploration of materials. Each of the paintings, from works in charcoal or pastel on paper to his rich oils, clearly shows his passion for his art.
Experience "New Explorations" at the Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk, featured in the gallery's main floor and running through Aug. 20. The opening reception is open to everyone and will allow visitors to meet with the artists and see their newest work.
The other two floors of the gallery will also be open and feature a wide range of sculpture, paintings and functional pottery by other acclaimed artists from across the Southeast. For more information or directions, contact The Art Cellar Gallery at (828) 898-5175 or visit http://www.artcellaronline.com.
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