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Vibrant Exhibition Opens Art Cellar Season; ‘Is It Still…Life?’ by Jim Chapman Opens Wednesday, June 11


June 11, 2014. Start off your summer season with an opening celebration for artist Jim Chapman’s “Is It Still…Life?” exhibit at the Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk. Friday, June 13 from 4-6 p.m. will be filled with the vibrant celebration of his subjects that flows from Chapman’s acrylic on canvas paintings.

His work is anything but still as he captures the beauty and colors of freshly picked produce and flowers. Jim Chapman is known for his use of color and also the texture and depth he brings to his work. He often uses the North Carolina mountains or Italian landscape as backdrops to his still life paintings. Along with his passion for art, Chapman is known for his enthusiasm for food, music and the richness of southern life.

Gallery owner and curator Pam McKay often points out that his richly textured baskets come from traditional woven baskets from vine to sweet grass, some family heirlooms, often the fabrics were collected on trips to Italy and France. Chapman has traveled extensively and always finds new inspiration for his widely collected paintings from still life to his idealized, fantasy farmland landscapes.

Chapman’s “Is It Still…Life?” opens June 11 and runs through June 28. Along with the opening celebration on Friday, June 13, the artist will be in the gallery on Saturday morning, July 14 for a casual coffee talk from 10 a.m.-noon. These are two great opportunities to meet this dynamic North Carolina artist and learn more about his work.

This exhibition is the official beginning of the exhibition season at The Art Cellar Gallery. This is the 22nd season for this highly respected gallery that is known for its focus on Southeastern Artists and for the diverse range and quality of the work they present.

The 2014 Season at The Art Cellar Gallery will present exhibitions featuring ten different artists. Beginning with the widely collected and highly acclaimed landscapes of Joseph Cave and Richard Oversmith. Followed in August by the non-representational work of acclaimed NC artist Herb Jackson.  The work of beloved area Folk Artist, Howard Campbell will be shown later in the summer exploring his artwork and vast knowledge of the art and folk art world though a newly published book celebrating his life.

“Animals of Farm & Field” presents the work of four accomplished and popular artists, Carolyn Blaylock, Nancy Oppenheimer, Margaret Salisbury, and Walter Stanford. Tim Turner gives plenty of reason for thanks when he fills the gallery with new work from the kiln during his Thanksgiving Weekend show “Bountiful Clay”.

Due to the popularity of last years Coffee Talk the Art Cellar Gallery has expanded to every Saturday Morning in June, July and August from 10am to Noon. Drop in to meet a different artist each week and enjoy coffee and refreshments.

The Art Cellar Gallery is located in Banner Elk on Hwy. 184 just outside of downtown and is open Monday through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the gallery for more information and for the full season schedule at www.artcellaronline.com or 828-898-5175.