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‘Out of the Studio’ Exhibition to Show July 28-Aug. 13 at the Art Cellar in Banner Elk

After extensive studio time filled with creation, exploration and focused artistic intention, the artist stands back and is ready to share their new works. “Out of the Studio” celebrates the results from the studios of painter Norma Murphy and potters Alex Matisse and John Vigeland of East Fork Pottery. The Art Cellar Gallery’s feature exhibition will be filled with the engaging images, color and texture of Murphy’s paintings which range from acrylic collage on canvas to watercolors. East Fork’s rich earthy glazes and natural stoneware production dinnerware, along with select larger scale signature objects will complete the experience of color and texture in this exhibition. The exhibit opens July 28th and continues thorough August 13th and includes the opportunity for a gallery visit with each of the artists. unnamed-6
Alex Matisse and John Vigeland of East Fork Pottery will be featured in this Saturday’s Coffee Talk July 30th, from 10 am till noon. They will talk about the creation of a new production pottery line which has been the focus of their studio this year, along with sharing their personal artistic journey’s. Each artist brings a rich base of knowledge and experience to the creative process.
Alex Matisse studied at Guildford College and apprenticed with two highly respected NC potters from 2006 through 2009. In 2010 Matisse founded East Fork Pottery to continue his exploration of beautiful simple pots, adorned or bare and the connection of historical potters from our region and beyond. John Vigeland joined the East Fork Studio in 2013 after graduating from Carlton College in Minnesota and completing a three apprentice with another NC potter. The shared studio provides opportunity to develop a body of function studio work created by all members and for Matisse and Vigeland to continue their individual expression through larger signature work.
Norma Murphy will be in the gallery on Saturday, August 5th from 10 am till noon for a Birthday Tea to celebrate the artist’s birthday and this exhibition of her new paintings.
This accomplished artist is known for her distinctive style and for her diversity. With richly colored and textured acrylic and paper collages on canvas she captures ladies at tea or dynamic still lifes, to detailed watercolors capturing cottage scenes to overflowing still life paintings capturing the bounty of her garden.
Norma Murphy has been a lifetime student of the arts, from early childhood she was encouraged to follow her own artistic directions drawing and painting. She received an Undergraduate Degree in Art from Berea College, studied French Impressionism at Delaware State University and received a BA in Fine Arts from ASU in Boone, NC.
Enthusiastic collectors are drawn to her vibrant color, use of layer texture and pattern and her engaging subjects matter.
The Art Cellar Gallery is located at 920 Shawneehaw Avenue, Hwy. 184 in Banner Elk and features three levels of exhibition space showcasing painting and sculpture of artists from NC and across the Southeast. www.artcellaronline.com 828-898-5175.