Edgewood Cottage to host meet-the-artist series
Local “painting ladies,” potters, mixed media artists, fiber artists, a photographer and colored pencil painter diligently prepare for Blowing Rock Historical Society’s third annual Artist in Residence program, beginning June 28.
Visitors are encouraged to set aside time every week from June 28 to Aug. 21, and then pack a lunch, put out the cat, and go savor an incredible variety of High Country artistic talent at Edgewood Cottage in downtown Blowing Rock.
Those selected for Blowing Rock Historical Society’s 2012 Artist in Residence program offer a cornucopia of artistic talent and include potter Bob Meier and crew, Anne H. Welch, Kincheloe, Mary Ann Baggstrom, sisters Norma Farthing Murphy and Laura Farthing Brown, and Lisa Pepper and the Skyland Painters: Elaine Berry, Sarah Gilley, Elaine Heinl, Nell Kline, Carol Meetze-Moates and Judy Meyler.
Closed Wednesdays, Edgewood Cottage is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sundays, when it is open from noon until 6 p.m.
Each artist or artist group features their work for a week and will be available to discuss their work.Visiting artists include the following:
June 28 to July 3
2011 Artist in Residence alumni: tapestry artist Sandy Adair, oil and watercolorist Peggy Carlson, potter and fiber artist Kate Colclaser, watercolorist Gale Champion, oil, sculpture and plein air painter Ted Eikman, photographer Doug Holstein, colored pencil painter Bob Stevens and textural expressionist Ineke Thomas will feature their diverse work.
July 5 to 10
Doe Ridge Pottery owner, artist and potter Bob Meier will display ceramic works found in his Boone gallery. Since 1978, Meier has created functional, as well as decorative, object-oriented work, including large vase forms, wall pieces, lamps, sinks and custom commissions. Six other widely diverse potters from Doe Ridge Pottery will also be featured.
July 12 to 17
Anne H. Welch, mixed media artists, said, “Good art seeks to spark a connection between the artist and the viewer.” Welch encourages her students to think outside the canvas.
“I strive to communicate how I feel about what I see, rather than simply create a literal record of it,” she said. “I’m no longer afraid to color outside the lines.”
July 19 to 24
Kincheloe, a mixed media professional artist since 1976, has work in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. An exceptionally versatile artist, her “Orchestra” series of life-size paper sculptures of musicians are so delicate and finely wrought they look almost porcelain. Her paintings are colorful and full of movement.
July 26 to 31
Mary Ann Baggstrom, an acrylic “realist” specializing in wildlife, flowers and landscapes brings nature to life. Painting since the 1980s, Baggstrom moved to the High Country in 2006.
“I have never lived in an area that so inspires me to observe and paint as do the views and wildlife in the High Country,” she said. “I’m sure I’ll never run out of subjects to paint.”
Aug. 2 to 7
Sisters Norma Farthing Murphy and Laura Farthing Brown, painters for 20 and 55 years, respectively, come from a longtime local family and grew up under the influence of a mother and grandmother who painted. Both noted artists, Murphy’s work is represented locally at the Art Cellar in Banner Elk. They will offer small oil paintings held privately for years as some of their work for sale.
Aug. 9 to 14
Lisa Pepper, whose local family dates back nearly 200 years, found her joy in oil painting. With a background in weaving, sculpture, bead work, pottery and framing, Lisa Pepper paints around whatever makes her happy.
She feels one never stops learning and growing.
Her learning process has been enlightening, sometimes frustrating, but an essential part of her growth. Pepper continues experimenting with various styles.
Aug. 16 to 21
The Skyland Painters, six accomplished plein air painters, offer incredible diversity and skill in their group show.
Sarah Gilley, acrylic and water media artist, paints in a primarily expressive style and finds her inspiration in nature.
Her newest volunteer project, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone, will be her inspiration for most of her work in this show.
Carol Meetze-Moates is a watercolorist who’s mastered bold brushwork and use of light and shadow.
“My painting is not always representational, but rather expressions of the subject or scene,” Meetze-Moates said. “Taking liberties with color and choosing interesting subjects and shapes are the methods I use in striving to capture the feeling of the subject, rather than a description.”
Judy Meyler, an impressionist, works exclusively in oils. Her brushwork is vibrant and flowing with color and texture.
Subject matter includes portraiture (specializing in children and animals), still life, landscape and cityscapes. She seeks to capture the beautiful vistas and landscapes of the Piedmont and N.C. Conservancy regions.
Water colorist Nell Kline, known for her realistic depictions of nature, is a native of New Orleans.
“I love the challenge and spontaneity of watercolor,” Kline said. “Watching the color mix and mingle with the pigments as I apply them is sheer magic.”
Elaine Heinl has had an incredible artistic journey.
“About 10 years ago, I began to study oil painting,” Heinl said. “I felt a need to express my own vision and wanted to share the beauty I saw in nature. This brings peace into my artwork and into my life. Painting has become my spiritual release and gift I can share with others.”
Elaine Berry, an eclectic artist, lives on a farm with a “crazy number of animals.”
“Fibers, ceramics, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics and oils are my mediums,” Berry said.
She loves the spontaneity of painting on location also works from photographs. Applying several colors to the canvas at a time so each color retains its integrity is magical.
This exhibit concludes the historical society’s 2012 Artist In Residence program.
The events are free and Edgewood Cottage is located at the corner of South Main and Chestnut street in Blowing Rock.
Free parking is available at the visitors center behind the cottage.
All Artist in Residence events are free to attend.