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August 2011

The Bascom in Highland, NC, Features Works by Frank Stella, Wilby Coleman, Jocelyn Chateauvert, and Members

The Bascom, a center for the visual arts, in Highlands, NC, is presenting several new exhibits including: Frank Stella: American Master, on view through Sept. 25, 2011; Grounded in Nature: Paper, featuring works by Jocelyn Chateauvert, on view through Sept. 4, 2011; Bascom Members Challenge, on view from Aug. 20 through Sept. 17, 2011, a reception will be held on Aug. 20, from 5-7pm; and Irony: Wilby Coleman, on view from Aug. 20 through Oct. 22, 2011.

Frank Stella (b. 1936) is one of America’s great, internationally known artists. He is a painter, printer, printmaker and sculptor whose work follows an evolutionary path from a minimalist geometric style to a more dynamic expressionism. This exhibition includes works on loan from Florida collector Preston Haskell and Albright-Knox Museum, New York. Monumental printmaking, mixed media and sculptural works will be displayed with a catalog including essays by Dr. Kahren Arbitman, former executive director, Cummer Museum of Art, Florida and Ron Platt, curator, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama.

This exhibit was sponsored by anonymous patrons, Norman Askins, Gail and Tim Hughes and Beth and Jim Nellis.

Grounded in Nature: Paper, features handcrafted paper sculpture by Charleston, SC, based artist Jocelyn Chateauvert. A recent research project, awarded through the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, sent Chateauvert to Guyana, South America to study and document the sculptural qualities of the diverse and stunning plant species of this sparsely populated Amazon rainforest.

Chateauvert is the first artist in a craft media to be granted the award and the first to study in Guyana. Three dimensional compositions in paper inspired by this research will fill the gallery. This renowned artist has been included in exhibitions internationally and nationwide including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C. where two of her works can be found in their permanent collection. This exhibit is sponsored by Frances Bunzl.

Each year The Bascom showcases the artistic talent of member artists to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting work done by artists who also support our mission through membership. This year’s challenge is to create a work of art inspired by a journey, imaginary or real! Join us in celebrating the artistic talents of our members.

No computer wizardry here in the exhibit, Irony: Wilby Coleman. This exhibition of metal sculpture on the terrace and grounds of The Bascom is about retro-technology to stimulate an understanding and appreciation of humor and motion. Objects can be interpreted on both the objective and subjective levels and may be about pure invention and the joyfulness in the heart of its creator. These sculptures crafted by Wilby Coleman use a variety of materials and techniques to create one-of-a-kind works of art with individual characteristics which have a particular choreographic response.

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