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May Issue 2006

Transylvania Arts Center in Brevard, NC, Offers Mother - Son Exhibition

The Transylvania Community Arts Center in Brevard, NC, announces the show, From this View, featuring landscapes by nationally recognized artist Ann DerGara and her son, Eric DerGarabedian, who paints under the name Eric DerGara. The exhibit will be on view May 22 through June 23, 2006.

The enthusiasm with which Ann DerGara approaches her art is a lifelong passion. Her parents recognized and encouraged her creative interests from an early age. She sold her first painting five years prior to beginning her formal training at Georgia State University.

In 1978, a printmaking course at Atlanta College of Art led Ann to the innovative Odyssey Studio, where she pursued etching, the collagraph and later the serigraph and monoprinting. Her mastery of printmaking has been described as remarkable. Yet, Ann's first love remains painting. Santiago Leon of the Charlotte, NC, gallery Artefino describes Ann's work as "typical of an artist assured of her own talent; it is unconstrained, blending great skill and maturity with the free spirit of a child."

Several of Ann's works are featured in HGTV's Dream Home in Lake Lure, NC, which has received national attention. She recently exhibited in an international show, Art-Expo ­ New York, where she has shown since 1983. In 2005, Ann presented a one-woman show at the Spartanburg County Museum of Art, and participated in two group shows. She is represented in galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan. Ann also is the owner of The Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard.

Eric DerGara sold his first watercolor at the age of eight and was published by a national art publishing company at the age of eighteen. On the eve of his twentieth birthday, Eric was involved in an automobile accident, which left him with a debilitating head injury. Months of rehabilitation helped him relearn how to walk and write. As a part of his continuing therapy, Eric turned to his love of cycling and art. Perseverance and time brought Eric to a new level in his artistry and his current body of work inspired by his hours of cycling on country roads.

Eric's works is included in several collections worldwide, including Nissan, Japan; The MGM Grand, Las Vegas; MacDonald Corporation; Morgan-Finney, Park Avenue, NYC; and Hilton and Weston Hotels. He has been represented by Winn Regency and SOHO Myriad in Atlanta; SABA in Tokyo, Japan; Wickwire in Hendersonville, NC, and The Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/884-2787 or at (www.tcarts.org).


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