Feature Articles

March Issue 2002

Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Features Memorial & Student Exhibitions

The Transylvania County Arts Council in Brevard, NC, will present an exhibition entitled, Celebration of Life and Art, which celebrates the lives and artistic contributions of three recently deceased artists: Clem Joerling, Dorothy Moreau and Barbara Walker. All were water- colorists and Transylvania County residents. The Arts Council is also presenting an exhibition of works created by students in Transylvania County schools, grades K-12. Both exhibits will be on view through Mar. 28, 2002.

Clemens Nicholas Joerling of Glen Cannon, NC, was 83 when he died after a 10-year illness. He was a Marine veteran of World War II. After a career in commercial art, he retired 25 years ago and began "painting for fun, whatever he wanted to paint," said his widow, Lois, a sculptor. "He was able to paint up to the end, which kept him sane."

Joerling's talent captures athletes in mid-air and unmasks other people in repose. Some portrayals are whimsical; some tear at your heart. His representations of landscapes and animals capture a moment in time through use of color and lighting. A testimony of Joerling's generosity is his compelling watercolor of Pope John Paul II, which he donated to Sacred Heart Church in Brevard.

Dorothy Patzig Moreau of Connestee Falls, NC, died at 80. She was a self-taught artist who began doing miniatures in New Jersey before moving to Connestee 16 years ago. She liked to spend days in her garden and nights in her studio. Moreau taught art, lectured, arranged flowers and judged flower shows.

Moreau's specialties were barns, houses, florals and portraits of her grandchildren. She was a considerate woman who loved to give away her plants and her paintings. She was a thoughtful teacher who "served us tea and always gave gentle, constructive criticism," said Nancy Brookshire of Pisgah Forest, NC, a former student.

Barbara Jane Walker of Pisgah Forest was 70 when she died. Before concentrating on her watercolors she was in administrative work for US Air Force and NASA. She studied art in Wiesbaden, Germany and Sarasota, FL.

"My wife Barbara began painting at age six - a boat harbor scene. As an artist, she studied the techniques of others and tried to master them, and then her own paintings came out of her head," said Howard Walker. "She was crazy about sunsets and loved to paint in pink."

Barbara Jane Walker said in a recent bio, "My work allows me to say something important. Then I have the double pleasure of creating the work and communicating with the viewer."

Some paintings by the three artists in this exhibition will be available for sale. Others are available framed or unframed at Gallery on Main, 53 E. Main Street, Brevard.

The arts council is overseeing memorial funds in each artist's name. To make a contribution, call the Arts Council.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or call the Arts Council at 828/884-2787.

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