Wayne Trapp abstracts at Carlton Gallery

Article Published: Jun. 23, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Wayne Trapp abstracts at Carlton Gallery

'Prom Night' by Wayne Trapp

Carlton Gallery hosts its first Avery Tour de Art of the season from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

This tour is a coalition of galleries and individual artists' studios who greet visitors on the fourth Saturday of each month, June through October. An easy-to-follow map of participating galleries and artists' studios is available at the gallery.

The abstract paintings, ink drawings and sculptures by local artist/sculptor Wayne Trapp are featured in the gallery's new exhibition space for the Avery Tour de Art with an Open Reception for the artist planned for June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. Trapp's exhibition runs through July 19. This is Trapp's 30th anniversary of residing and making art in the High Country, having moved from Vermont.

The gallery's new exhibition, "Abstract Reflections," dances with vibrant paintings from Trapp, which are rendered using bees wax mixed with oils.

"The joy of that is I can layer translucent colors over one another or paint with pure color pigment," he said.

Trapp gets ideas for his paintings from his sculptures and vice versa. He also gets ideas for his sculptures and paintings from drawing models, life experiences and everything he sees. "I am curious about everything and love having a childlike wonderment of people, things and life," he said.

"The Dance" is a recurring theme in his figurative ink drawings, representing accuracy of brush strokes in a minimalistic style.

Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Trapp graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He studied painting at Carnegie Mellon, drawing at the Art Students League, printmaking at Pratt Institute and sculpture at Ohio State University.

Trapp's commissioned work reaches up and down the Eastern seaboard, as well as internationally in London, Austria, Germany and Puerto Rico. His art is in numerous museums, universities and public exhibitions, as well as many private collections.

Some museum and university collections include Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College, Duke University Medical Center, Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn., and UNC Health and Science Library in Chapel Hill.

Along with Trapp's abstract paintings, ink drawings and sculptures in marble and cast aluminum, the 29th Spring Exhibition, which runs through July 15 at Carlton Gallery, showcases fine art and contemporary crafts in paintings, glass, wood, clay, fiber art and jewelry.

The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Community, with hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For information on artists, exhibition and workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit http://www.carltonartgallery.com.

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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 (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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