Tour de Art starts June 28

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Article Published: Jun. 19 | Modified: Jun. 29
Tour de Art starts June 28

Joining the 2014 Tour de Art is Studio 140, a contemporary art gallery and open studio, featuring nature and portrait artwork, where visitors can see live painting demonstrations by artist Kent Paulette (aka Derfla).

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Tour de Art 2014, a High Country gallery and studio tour, kicks off the summer season on Saturday, June 28.

Now in its sixth year, Tour de Art is a monthly event in which artists open their studios to the public and galleries host special art events. Tourists de Art may visit each of the galleries throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m., with the guidance of a map available at each participating gallery.

Joining charter Tour de Art locations (Alta Vista Gallery, Carlton Gallery, Kevin Beck Studio, Linville River Pottery, Sally Nooney Studio and Gallery and Art Purveyors World HQ) is Studio 140 (140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk), a contemporary art gallery and open studio, featuring nature and portrait artwork, where visitors can see live painting demonstrations by Kent Paulette (aka Derfla). Studio 140 also features work by Bolivian-born action-painter David Banegas.

Also new to the Tour de Art, Mike Hill’s Art Purveyors World HQ (112 Aldridge Park, Foscoe) will be featuring recent giclees of vintage comic art master studies by artist Anthony Coffey. Although Coffey currently resides in Manhattan, N.Y., he was born and raised in the High Country and attended Watauga High School and Appalachian State University. His work is featured in the Saachi Galleries in New York City, and a profile of the artist’s accomplishments can be found on Wikipedia.

Coffey’s new Wildflowers Fine Art Editions giclee reproductions are of his painstakingly painted master study recreations of vintage comic book covers, such as “Batman” No. 1 and No. 4, “The Amazing Spiderman” No. 3, “X-Men” No. 19 and many more. The artist will be greeting guests on June 28 at Art Purveyors.

The current Tour de Art lineup includes:

Alta Vista Gallery (2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis), featuring fine art and crafts in all media by more than 200 artists;

Carlton Gallery (10360 N.C. 105 South, Banner Elk), celebrating 32 years of paintings, sculpture, glass, wood, clay, fiber and jewelry by local and regional artists;

Kevin Beck Studio (1590 Shulls Mill Road, Boone), featuring soulful, plein air paintings of the Blue Ridge;

Linville River Pottery (2180 Goose Hollow Road, Pineola), featuring handmade stoneware and porcelain teapots, bowls, vases, mugs and jewelry by Patti Connor-Greene and felting by Virginia Greene; and

Sally Nooney Gallery (7137 N.C. 194 South, Banner Elk), featuring original paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic, as well as functional and sculptural art glass and jewelry.

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