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Turchin Center plans for big fall

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 3, 2011
Turchin Center plans for big fall

The photography of the late John Scarlata is being showcased at ASU’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

Photo by John Scarlata

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is holding special lectures for two exhibitions currently on display through January 2012.

The first lecture on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. will discuss the artist and the exhibition, “Living in the Light: A Retrospective,” displaying a compilation of the late John Scarlata’s work, former chairman of the photography program at ASU.

On Nov. 9, artist Val Lyle will hold a lecture on her current exhibition, “Sanctuary,” which emphasizes the aspects of life in the Appalachian Mountains.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call (828) 262-3017 or visit

‘Living in the Light: A Retrospective’ — John Scarlata
Nov. 3, 7-9 p.m.
TCVA Lecture Hall
*Reception to follow in the galleries

Guest lecturers Jay Phyfer, professor of photography and digital imaging at Virginia Intermont College; Gil Leebrick, professor emeritus and former director of the Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University) and Pac McLaurin (photography department, ASU), joined by close friends of John Scarlata, will gather for an in-depth conversation about the artist’s life and his work. Other special guests will include Joe Champagne (professor of photography and digital imaging, Virginia Intermont College), Jackie Leebrick, Ben Garfinkle (Oakland, Calif.) and Tom Braswell (photographer and interim gallery director from Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University). A reception will be held in the galleries immediately following the lecture.

‘Sanctuary’ - Val Lyle
Nov. 9, 7-8 p.m.
TCVA Lecture Hall

Artist Val Lyle will discuss her latest work, “Sanctuary,” located in the Mayer Gallery. This exhibition and installation (now in its eighth incarnation) continues the artist’s exploration about what it means to be a human being in Appalachia.

First Friday Reception
Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Presented in conjunction with Downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl, the Turchin Center will be open for all visitors to come and celebrate the current exhibitions, as well as welcome a new exhibition by painter Gabriel Lehman, celebrating the opening of his solo exhibition, “My World,” opening Nov. 4. Painter and installation artist Val Lyle will also be in the gallery to talk to guests about her exhibition, “Sanctuary.”

Inside Exhibitions
Free guided tours by one of Turchin’s volunteer docents one Saturday a month on the exhibition of their choice. Visit for more information.

Fall Workshops
Turchin Center offers a variety of arts workshops for kids, older teens and adults throughout the year. Visit for more information on how to register.


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

For more information,m call (828) 262-3017 or visit

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