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April 2011

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Features Works of Nature

The Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, is presenting the exhibit Nature At Its Best, an art show, sponsored by the John Gaskin Family, features the best in both 2D and 3D art, on view at Falling Rivers Gallery, through Apr. 16, 2011.

All mediums of art presented including: clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood, as well as oil, pastel, and watercolor paintings and photography. Prizes awarded for first, second, third and honorable mentions amount to $1200.

Well known photographer Gene Stafford was the juror of the competition sponsored by the Gaskin family and the Stanly Arts Guild. This is a memorial show honoring Ellen Cook Gaskin who was a lover of nature and also an artist. In its third year, Nature At Its Best attracts art and 3 dimensional work from some of Stanly County and the surrounding area’s finest artists.

Stafford has produced several covers for Our State: Down Home in North Carolina magazine in addition to volumes of newspaper and magazine photographic work. He is widely respected for his gifted eye and his 33 years of professional and freelance photography focusing on the natural beauty of the state.

Currently Stafford is president of Staffordesign/Gene Stafford Photography/Leapfrog., Inc. He has a bachelor of Fine arts Design Degree from UNC-G and has studied at the San Francisco Art Academy. He taught Commercial arts and Photography at Guilford Technical Community College and Davidson County Community College for a combined total of 25 years. Stafford has been owner and operator of two separate art and photography galleries - Studio Earth and Leapfrog Gallery in the Kernersville, NC, area.

Stafford is affiliated with many photographers throughout the eastern United States and is a past president and board member for the Greensboro Society for Communicating Arts. His work has been featured in shows and galleries throughout the Triad region. One of his most recent endeavors has been the development of the Colfax Persimmon Festival. This annual event, now in its fourth year, is held on his family’s historic farm and homestead and attracts artists and craftsmen from throughout the Southeast.

The Stanly Arts guild is sponsored in part by the Albemarle Improvement LLC, the Stanly County Arts Council and the Grassroots Program of the NC Arts Council, a state agency.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Guild at 704/983-4278 or visit (

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