‘Woman in the Works’

Article Published: Aug. 1, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 1, 2013
‘Woman in  the Works’

‘Still Life with Daises’ by Norma Murphy

The Art Cellar Gallery will be presenting the paintings of well-known North Carolina artist Norma Murphy in an exhibition, “Woman in the Works,” running Aug. 1 to 24.

According to The Art Cellar, the show features a body of work that highlights the feminine attitude, with the artist’s own aesthetic and personality at the core of her paintings.

Murphy works in watercolors, oil paintings and acrylic collage works on canvas, from tea scenes and florals to landscapes, each with her distinctive style and interpretation.

Much of Murphy’s works reflect her interest in the impressionist masters and other artists who inspire her, such as Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso. Known for her ladies at tea, sewing circles and other social scenes, Murphy pulls her inspiration from a childhood of solitude, which made her feel “nurtured,” she said.

Murphy grew up playing outside in the woods and creeks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dreaming of ladies in flowery dresses. She would thumb through Sears Roebuck catalogues and cut out figures and outfits, making up games and outside adventures.

Having painted for more than 50 years, Murphy said she has developed a deeper appreciation of life and art and the way the two can play off each other.

She uses the canvas as a diary, in which she tells her stories in hopes of creating a timeless piece of art, saying, “I have survived life’s little struggles so far because I have found in art escape, exploration, joy, solitude, companionship, confidence and growth.”

An alumna of historic Berea College in Kentucky, she also received a bachelor of fine art degree from Appalachian State University. Murphy has studied art all her life through focusing on specific styles and periods and visiting major art exhibitions of the many artists who have influenced her work.

She has won several awards and has been published in magazines, such as All About Women. She recently presented a one-day painting workshop in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

The gallery’s current exhibition for Tony Griffin continues through Aug. 10. Gallery director Liz Brown said The Art Cellar is still accepting reservations for portrait sittings with the artist, which are being held Aug. 5 to 9.

“Come experience the work of the popular and accomplished artist and join us in celebrating Norma Murphy’s work,” Brown said.

Murphy’s opening reception will be held at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information, call (828) 898-5175 or email (artcellar@skybest.com)

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring 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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