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September 2011

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Offers New Exhibits

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC, is bringing in the fall season with their Fall Exhibition Celebration on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, as part of Downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl. From 7-9pm, the Turchin Center will be open for all visitors to come and celebrate the current exhibitions on display, meet some of the artists, listen to live music by John T. Woodall and enjoy a refreshing beverage from the cash bar.

The new exhibitions being celebrated on Sept. 2 are Sanctuary: Val Lyle, John Scarlata: Living in the Light: A Retrospective & Other Works and Northmost: R. Martin Stamat. Sanctuary is in the center’s Mayer Gallery and Living in the Light: A Retrospective & Other Works will be featured in Galleries A & B in the West Wing. Both exhibitions will be on display until Jan. 21, 2012. Northmost will be displayed in the Catwalk Community Gallery, East Wing until Oct. 29, 2011 while the Halpert Biennial ’11 in the Main Gallery, East Wing and Selections: Works from the Turchin Center Permanent Collection in the Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing will continue to be on display through Dec. 3, 2011.

Val Lyle’s current traveling exhibition, Sanctuary, continues her exploration of what it means to be a human being in Appalachia. This installation will be in its eighth incarnation of the exhibition and Lyle will create major new work designed specifically for the environment that the work is displayed within.

Lyle received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design with emphasis on sculpture and printmaking, and her MFA from East Tennessee State University with emphasis on ceramic sculpture. A portion of this project was funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Organized by the family, friends and colleagues of beloved Appalachian State Photography Professor, John Scarlata (1949-2010), Living in the Light: A Retrospective & Other Works will feature works by the Southern photographer who designed this exhibition in partnership with The Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University in early 2010.

A native of Long Island, NY, Scarlata studied photography at Brooks Institute of Photography and received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1976. He held teaching positions at UNC-Charlotte, Penland School of Crafts, Virginia Intermont College and served as chair of the photography program in the Technology Department at Appalachian State University.

Martin Stamat’s work in Northmost concentrates on the role of nature, microcosms and found objects that took hold of his imagination as a child that would

otherwise go unnoticed. The subjects present in Stamat’s work span from textures and found objects to cultures and civic concepts.

A native of the piedmont area of North Carolina, Stamat studied sculpture, photography and anthropology at the Australian National University, the University of New Mexico at Taos and Appalachian State University. He currently lives and works in Boone, NC.

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