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Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Celebrates Six New Exhibits at Fall Exhibition Celebration Sept. 7

Sept. 4, 2012.  Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is bringing in the fall season with their Fall Exhibition Celebration on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, as part of Downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl. From 7 to 9 p.m., the Turchin Center will be open for all visitors to come and celebrate six new exhibitions on display, meet some of the artists, watch a live performance piece by an artist, listen to live music by the student band, The Fungis, and enjoy a refreshing beverage from the cash bar.
A special “Donors Only” preview will be held prior to the reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and more information can be found at http://www.tcva.org/calendar/events/764. The Turchin Center will also host a First Friday special event for kids ages 6 & up titled Blazing Easels where children are invited to participate in a free arts workshop held on the first Friday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information on Blazing Easels, visit http://www.tcva.org/calendar/events/756.

The new exhibitions being celebrated on Sept. 7 are ArtJam-6 Artists, 6 MediaRoadside Attraction: Karen BondarchukAt a Glance: Gestures of Curt BrillForever Protected: New Paintings by Gayle Stott Lowry for the Blue Ridge Conservancy and the second and third installments of the international exhibition series 21 Sztuka: Contemporary Art from Poland I-V, My Second World: Contemporary Painting from the Private Collection of Christopher Sztyber and Jędrzej Stępak: Spaces of the Brain—A Site Specific Installation.

ArtJam-6 Artists, 6 Media
Gallery A, West Wing
Through Nov. 10, 2012
Six Virginia artists and friends come together for a group exhibition of new work. These artists include: Martha Dillard, painter; Jennifer Lovejoy, architect and stone carver; Martha Olson, paper collage and sculpture; Ann Reardon, textile artist; Judy Schwab, mixed media and metals and Ali Wieboldt, jeweler. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/536.
Roadside Attraction: Karen Bondarchuk
Gallery B, West Wing
Through Nov. 24, 2012
Karen Bondarchuk is a visual artist whose work ranges from sculpture and drawing to video and bookmaking. Her current sculpture and drawing work, centering on crows and ravens, examines the complex, interwoven relationship between humans and corvids. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/742.
At a Glance:  Gestures of Curt Brill
Mayer Gallery, West Wing
Through Nov. 24, 2012
Curt Brill was the winner of the Martin & Doris Rosen Award Winner during the 24th Rosen Sculpture Competition in 2010 and he returns to Appalachian’s campus with a solo exhibition of new work. Curt describes his work as focusing on the search “for the hidden Human spirit. That small part that makes us each unique, yet finds us a common home.”  For more information on his current exhibition, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/743.
Forever Protected: New Paintings by Gayle Stott Lowry for the Blue Ridge Conservancy
Community Gallery, East Wing
Sept. 7- Dec. 1, 2012
This exhibition is a collaboration between the artist and the Blue Ridge Conservancy to create works of art that focus on some of thespecial protected lands in the High Country – particularly those protected by Blue Ridge Conservancy. For more information on this exhibition, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/762.
International Focus Exhibition Series:
II. My Second WorldContemporary Painting from the Private Collection of
Christopher Sztyber 
Main Gallery, East Wing
Sept. 7- Oct. 27, 2012
My Second WorldContemporary Painting from the Private Collection of Christopher Sztyber is the second of five exhibitions in the International Focus Exhibition Series 21 SzutkaContemporary Art from Poland I-V. This exhibition features 87 paintings from the largest collection of Polish art in the United States by collector Chris Sztyber. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/752.

III. Jędrzej Stępak: Spaces of the Brain—A Site Specific Installation
Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing
Sept. 7- Feb. 9, 2012

Jędrzej Stępak: Site Specific Installation is the third of five exhibitions in the International Focus Exhibition Series 21 Szutka: Contemporary Art from Poland I-V. Jędrzej Stępak, an installation artist from Poland, will be transforming the Mezzanine Gallery into a site-specific art installation. Stępak will also be participating in a performance piece during the event. For more information, visit http://www.tcva.org/exhibitions/751.

About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.
The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. and Saturday, and Noon-8 p.m., Friday. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all universityholidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.
For additional details about the Turchin Center, becoming a donor, the upcoming exhibitions, to be added to the mailing list or to schedule a tour, please call 828-262-3017 or visit www.tcva.org. You can also follow the Turchin Center on Facebook and Twitter @TurchinCenter.
The Turchin Center receives critical support from a group of outstanding media sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including: WNC Magazine, Charter Media, Mountain Television Network, Mix 102.3, Oldies 100.7, WFDD 88.5, WDAV 89.9,WETS 89.5 and WASURocks 90.5FM.