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October Issue 2003

Summit One Gallery in Highlands, NC, Presents Sculpture Exhibition

Sculpture X's 3 opens at Summit One Gallery, in Highlands, NC, on Oct. 4 and will continue through Nov. 14, 2003. Sculpture X's 3 features works by three very different artists; Edward Bohling, Carolyn Montague, and Robert Allison.

Edward Bohling, Highlands NC, sculpts primarily in wood, but incorporates stone and metal in some of his works. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma, and Wichita University, Bohling was supposed to be in the English Department, but spent much of his time in either the art or the architecture school where his unofficial time was given generous support by the department heads. But it was his friend, Duayne Hatchett, a painting and sculpture student at the time, who gave him the most encouragement in his art interests. Hatchett went on to become a distinguished artist and teacher, with works in many major museums and collections. As Bohling began to travel he started photographing sculpture in museums and public spaces. He was attracted early on to the work of Brancusi, Henry Moore and Isamu Noguchi and these are still sculptors he considers his major influences. Sculpture X's 3 will premier a new work of Bohling's that he has been working on for two years: Fortress America. This sculpture stands 7.5 feet high and 5.5 feet wide; is two-sided and carved from one piece of Honduran mahogany which is suspended between two white steel towers. A truly magnificent piece.

Carolyn Montague, Clayton GA, has spent the summer in Mexico drawing, some of these drawings will lead to sculpture. The inspiration of Mexico had called to her before; she received her Masters of Fine Art degree from Institute Allende. Later she received her PhD from North Texas State University. Montague has exhibited in some of the East coast's finest museums and galleries from Atlanta to New York, in addition to galleries in Brazil and Italy. Her works are included in the permanent collections of Georgia's Southern University, University of Georgia, Georgia State University, North Carolina Museum of Art, City of Atlanta, IBM Corporation (Atlanta, Charlotte, Hagerstown MD), Hollins College, Kaiser Permanente, Kimberly Clark Corporation (Atlanta & Dallas), and many others. Montague has an established career in many different genres; ceramics, sculpture, and drawing.

Robert Allison

After receiving his BA in Sculpture from the University of South Carolina Robert Allison, Columbia SC, continued his studies at the Florence (Italy) Academy of Art and with Lincoln Fox, Rosie Sandifer and Eugene Daub. From his spontaneous inspirations, to his true portraits; Allison's works capture the emotions of the beholder. The radiant grace of his female form; the tender innocence of the children, or the indomitable spirit of all God's creatures; it is the eloquent expression of life: past and present.

Notable public works include Block Party, at the Children's Hospital of Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC; Felix "Doc" Blanchard for the town of Bishopville SC; Old Timey Golfer at Berumda Run Country Club, NC; Leap of Faith for Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia SC; Wind and Waves for Palmetto Richland Hospital; and his life size Firefighter (installed 9.11.03) for the town of Summerville, SC.

For more information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/526-2673, or email to (summitonegallery@aol.com).

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