The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk, North Carolina will feature the works of nationally acclaimed artist Herb Jackson throughout the month of July. “Paintings and Drawings,” an exhibition of textural abstracts will be featured in the main show space of the gallery. This collection of new works will be available for viewing from June 29 to July 29. Herb Jackson will be in attendance at the gallery from 2-4pm on Sunday, July 2nd for an artist talk and book signing. This will be an excellent chance to meet one of the most prominent artists of our state.
Herb Jackson’s creative process started early in life, around the age of 7 and by 12 he was painting. Following his graduation from Davidson College, Herb obtained his MFA from the University of North Carolina. Herb became a professor at Davidson College and remained there until his retirement in 2011, serving as the chair of the art department and shaping the department for many years. In 1999 he was awarded the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor in the state and in 2015 Jackson, was also given the North Caroliniana Award for extraordinary contributions to North Carolina’s cultural heritage. Herb Jackson is the only visual artist to be awarded this honor.
Herb Jacksons’s vibrant and richly textured paintings get an immediate reaction from anyone who views his artwork, created with layers of acrylic paint on canvas, sometimes more than one hundred layers. Jacksons process involves removing some of the layers of paint, revealing the colors of the underpainting and creating unique shapes on the canvas surface. “I just put color over color over color,” said Jackson, “that gives me plenty of time to begin to understand the surface of that particular painting. At a certain point, there is enough material for me to begin carving out shapes and the painting, at that point, creates itself.”
Opening in 1993, the Art Cellar Gallery is celebrating its 25th summer season. This season will be filled with exciting shows, gallery openings, artist talks, and book signings. Visit the Art Cellar Gallery’s website, artcellaronline.com for a full line up of events or call for more information at 828-898-5175. Located on Hwy. 184 (920 Shawneehaw Ave) in Banner Elk, North Carolina, the Art Cellar Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. All events are free and open to the public.