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July Issue 2004
Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, Features Landscape Exhibition
Highland Landscapes, an all-media exhibition by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, opens at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, on July 3 and remains on view through Sept. 26, 2004. Every year, the Guild organizes a thematic exhibition of its members' works to showcase the diverse talent and practices of craft artists from across the southern Appalachian region. This exhibition examines the ability of landscape to convey a sense of place and regional identity.
Over 80 works by Appalachian artists are featured. A variety of craft is represented including quilts, fiber art, prints, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and furniture. Landscape is represented pictorially through flora and fauna of the region; by geological imagery; and by artifacts from the man-made environment. Rodney Leftwich has carved a rustic scene on a stoneware pot that depicts Appalachia as a frontier. Roberta Nosti's silk painting captures the scenic beauty and atmospheric effects of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Edwina Bringle represents the region's brilliant autumns in the colors of her handwoven chenille afghan. Linda MacMichael and Tim Clark focus on plant life and have created a soft sculpture in the form of a Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Amolia Willowsong's beaded neckpiece is a tribute and celebration of the regions's natural resources - specifically, the gemstones that lie beneath the ground. George Handy's ceramic sculpture takes a topographic view of mountainous terrain. Don Stevenson has created an exacting miniature replica of a historic barn that is part of the cultural landscape of Appalachia and its rural heritage.
The Folk Art Center, home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, presents regional and national exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary craft.
For more information check our NC Institutional
Gallery listing, call the center at 828/298-7928 or visit (www.southernhighlandguild.org).
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