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August 2013

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Features Works by Kel Tanner

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, will present Kel Tanner: A Solo Exhibition, on view in Gallery 86, from Aug. 7 through Sept. 2, 2013. A reception will be held on Aug. 9, from 6-9pm.

Until the summer of 2008, Waynesville artist, Kel Tanner painted occasionally. She felt that her early paintings lacked anatomical corrections, strong contrast, arresting composition, and a pivotal focus. An artist friend, however and thankfully, insisted Tanner to keep trying.

Since 2008, Tanner has entered five competitions and won Best in Show or First Place in four. She paints mostly in oil from live subjects and using her own photographs. She has also established a jewelry brand, Only1, which incorporates semi-precious rough and facited stones, sterling silver, and striking one-of-a kind designs.

Tanner’s current hobbies are desert Southwest hiking and Euro travel. She and her husband, John R. Tanner, a semi-retired M.D., J.P. have five children and four “altered” pets.

Haywood County Arts Council believes in the power of creativity to strengthen communities, to support local traditions, and to build pride in cultural heritage. This belief motivates us to nurture the growth and accessibility of art and crafts throughout the Western North Carolina Mountains by partnering with civic groups, schools, and other art organizations. To these ends, Haywood County Arts Council promotes visibility and support for the visual arts, performing arts, as well as traditional and evolving craft movements in Western North Carolina.

The mission of the Haywood County Arts Council is to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Council at 828/452-0593 or visit (www.haywoodarts.org).

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