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April 2013

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Offers Works by Stoney Lamar

The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, will present A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar, on view from Apr. 13 through Sept. 1, 2013.

William Stoney Lamar (1951 – ) has contributed exceptional skill and vision to the world of wood turning for over 25 years. Lamar attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a short period before leaving and working as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War for two years. He later attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville followed by Appalachian State University, where he graduated in 1979 with a BS in Industrial Arts. It was not until the mid-1980s that Lamar began to work on a lathe and fully explore its utility in realizing his own artistry.

Lamar’s sculpture is created primarily through a unique approach to multi-axial lathe work, giving his pieces a distinct sense of line and movement unlike other works of turned wood. Often letting the shape, color and modeling of the wood determine a piece’s finished appearance, Lamar also employs paint and metal in his forms. The artist continues to create, and his work can be found in both private and public collections around the country. Lamar has used his knowledge in his field to teach and lecture, and has served on the boards of the American Craft Council, the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, and of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. He is also a founder of the Association of American Woodturners.

This exhibition is guest curated for the Asheville Art Museum by Andrew Glasgow.

We appreciate the generous support of our exhibition sponsors: Blue Spiral 1, Fleur S. Bresler, Collectors of Wood Art, John & Robyn Horn, Marlin & Ginger Miller, and Bill & Sara Morgan.

We also thank the following contributors: Cathy & Alan Adelman, Lin Andrews, Barbara Berlin, The Center for Art in Wood, Mignon Durham, Andrew Glasgow, Linda S. Haynes & R. Anderson Haynes, Bruce & Eleanor Heister, Charlotte & Raul Herrera, Nancy Holmes, The Judy Appleton Memorial Fund, Steve Keeble & Karen Depew, Barbara L. Laughlin, Jane & Arthur Mason, Wendy & Dale McEntire, Pamela L. Myers, Packard Woodworks, Rob Pulleyn, Mary Ann & Olin Sansbury, Barbara & Robert Seiler, Michael & Margery Sherrill, Randy Shull, Jamienne Studley & Gary Smith, Stephen A. and Charlotte V. Wainwright, Ruth & David Waterbury, Barbara Waldman and Dennis Winger.

Lenders to the exhibition include: Arkansas Art Center, Asheville Art Museum, Fleur S. Bresler, Leann Bellon, Jeffrey Bernstein & Judith Chernoff, The Center for Art in Wood, John & Robyn Horn, Charlene Johnson, Susan & Neil Kaye, Stoney Lamar, Jane & Arthur Mason, Leslie McEachern, Mint Museum of Craft & Design, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Francoise J. Reiker, Norm Sartorius & Diane Bosley, Barbara & Robert Seiler, Kenneth Spitzbard, J.D., Patricia A. Young.

Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast. It is the only organization of its kind providing cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors to the 24 county region. Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing life-long opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 828/253-3227 or visit (www.ashevilleart.org).

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