For over half a century, artist Noyes Capehart has been creating art, teaching and writing stories. When asked what his art is like, Noyes states that it depends on the day and the circumstance. One thing that remains prevalent in all of Capehart’s work is that it connects with all who view it. Memories, childhood thoughts, abandoned structures, past and present experiences; Noyes has captured a world entirely his own but that reaches out and grabs the viewer, insisting acknowledgement.
The Art Cellar Gallery will be featuring Noyes Capehart in their upcoming exhibition, Life on Canvas, A Retrospective, starting August 2 and running through August 26. Noyes will be at the Art Cellar Gallery, Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 4pm for an artist talk and book signing.
Noyes Capehart was born in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee. While growing up he listened to the radio extensively, creating his own pictures in his mind, of stories told over the airwaves. This Noyes attributes to his core in creative thinking and imagery. Throughout the years Noyes dabbled in drawing and letters and while a senior in high school he was hired by the Coca Cola Bottling Company to paint signs in Nashville. Noyes attended The College of the South (Sewanee) where he found his calling in art and transferred to Auburn to begin a formal study of the arts. Following a redirection in life and being taught and molded by great teachers Noyes graduated from Auburn in 1958 and moved to New York City where he found himself working as a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He remained with the museum until mid-December of 1960 when an unexpected temporary teaching offer from Auburn prompted his return to the South. Knowing that a master’s level degree would be required for a college level teaching career, he entered the graduate program at The University of Missouri in 1963, majoring in printmaking. He remained at the university following the completion of his graduate studies as an instructor. In 1967 he assumed a teaching position at The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Appalachian State University lured Noyes to Boone, North Carolina with a teaching position in 1969, and he remained with the university until his retirement in 1997. He served as the chairman of the Art Department from 1976 to 1979, the Assistant Dean of the College of Fine & Applied Art and Dean of the College of Fine & Applied Arts throughout the 1980’s Noyes is a credit to the success of the ASU Art Department and the temperament of the current art world of the High Country and surrounding areas. He has quietly created, supported and collected fellow artists works and amassed an amazing body of work that will be shown in the retrospective at the Art Cellar Gallery. In addition to his professional involvement in art, Noyes is also deeply involved with writing and has, since the early ‘70’s, completed numerous short stories, four novels and a novella.
Noyes works have been shown in many galleries and museums, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian Museum, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC.
Former Graduate student and friend, William Dunlap will also be giving an artist talk and book signing on Sunday August, 13th from 2-4pm. Rich windswept skies and his grandfather’s walker hounds quickly identify many of Dunlap’s landscapes which he calls, “hypothetical realism.” Whatever the individual scene or captured elements, all his work shows the artist’s clarity of purpose and passion for his creative process. In a continuing career spanning more than four decades, Dunlap has exhibited nationally and internationally.
The public is invited to view Life on Canvas, a Retrospective by artist Noyes Capehart from August 2nd to August 26th and to meet the artist on Sunday, August 3rd from 2 to 4pm. The Art Cellar Gallery focuses on regional North Carolina artists while including select artists from across the Southeast, showing work from large scale canvases to smaller works on paper as well as sculpture, glass and clay. A High Country arts destination celebrating 25 seasons, The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Hwy. 184 in Banner Elk and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. For more information contact the gallery online at artcellaronline.com or by phone 828-898-5175.