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June 2013

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Features Works by Mountain Sculptors Group & Carol Beth Icard

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, is presenting two new exhibits including: Mountain Sculptors’ Annual Sculpture Exhibition, featuring works by its members and The Nature of Abstraction, featuring paintings by Carol Beth Icard, on view through July 13, 2013. An informal “Walk and Talk” tour of the work will be offered on June 1, at 4pm, followed by a reception from 5-8pm.

The Mountain Sculptors exhibit features pieces by 25 artists. Each submitted up to eight entries, and a select jury chose the sculpture to be included in the show. The work, which ranges from painted carved wood, alabaster, steel, and bronze, to terra-cotta, paper, clay, and found objects, has no theme. Instead, it’s intended to be a survey of artistic productivity moving from traditional sculptural pieces to very contemporary forms.

Mountain Sculptors, an informal group of artists working in three dimensions, aims to enhance community awareness, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary sculpture, and enhance the technical and aesthetic development of its members, all of whom are professionals working in Western North Carolina and the surrounding region.

The Nature of Abstraction is an exhibit of Carol Beth Icard’s paintings and oil sketches. This work arose from hiking weekly with friends on the trails in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Experiencing lichen, exposed roots and the inevitable cycle of nature, Icard has documented forms, colors, textures, and lines in photographs and a group of oil sketches. Informed first by the experience, and then by the oil sketches, her paintings surface as natural gestures and intuitive choices of materials. A portion of each sale will go to Pacolet Area Conservancy.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/859-2828 or visit (www.upstairsartspace.org).

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