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Wine Flights and Coffee Talks with Margaret Salisbury, Nancy Oppenheimer at the Art Cellar

Margaret Salisbury painting.

The Art Cellar Gallery of Banner Elk will be hosting it’s first Friday Night Flight from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26. The evening will celebrate fine art and fine wines and will also highlight the second exhibition of the summer, “Three Perspectives. ” “Three Persepectives” features the work of artist Scott Boyle, Tim Ford and Margaret Salisbury, three North Carolina artists with distinctive styles of interpreting our region.

Artist Margaret Salisbury will be in the gallery on Friday evening to give visitors the chance to talk with the artist about her style and inspiration for her artwork. Salisbury’s paintings capture the beautiful trout fishing streams, hidden views and many rural vistas, her  oil paintings of wildlife and farm animals also have gathered enthusiastic collectors. Salisbury can often be seen set up on the side of a quiet road or in a field as she creates her plein air paintings.

The Friday Flight Nights are a new addition The Art Cellar Gallery’s events and will be casual gatherings to meet a wide range of the gallery’s artists, celebrate the season’s exhibitions and explore the artwork throughout the extensive gallery space. Each Friday Flight Night will have a different theme, highlighting new artwork and wine pairings from 5-6:30 p.m. on June 28, July 10, July 24, Aug. 14 and Aug. 28.

“Gallery owners Pam and Michael McKay wanted these Flight Nights to be a fun addition to the summer, sharing an interesting glass of wine while celebrating the gallery’s artwork and artists,” said Gallery Director Liz Brown. “We usually get together and talk about art, wine and food, so it was a natural to create Flight Nights.”

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South Carolina artist Nancy Oppenheimer

Along with other artists in attendance, acclaimed South Carolina artist Nancy Oppenheimer will be on hand Friday night and will be the featured artist at the following Saturday Coffee Talk from 10 a.m. to noon on June 27. Oppenheimer has distinguished herself during an artistic career that spans commercial illustration through her work as a studio artist. She has received awards in national and international competitions and is included in numerous corporate and museum collections along with many private collections.

Oppenheimer’s recent artistic focus has been on capturing wildlife particularly the black bears of our region. Her ability to capture the majesty and personality of her subjects, along with her attention to detail, color and texture have made these wildlife portraits highly sought after. During the Saturday Coffee Talk, she will share her artist’s story, insight into her approach to her work and her artistic style.

Oppenheimer will also be bringing her newest large scale work — a 60″ x 40″ oil on canvas featuring a bear walking through the shaded woods. Other examples of the artists work will be on display and everyone is encourage to join us for a relaxed morning of conversation. The talks start around 10:15 a.m. and conclude with time for questions, but visitors can come and go as they like throughout the morning. Saturday Coffee Talks continue each Saturday through the end of August and will feature different artists, mediums and styles.

The Art Cellar Gallery is located in Banner Elk.

Regular hours:

Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit the Art Cellar online or call 828-898-5175 for more information.

Margaret Salisbury “Ashe County Kids”
Nancy Oppenheimer, “Big Boy”