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Gallery Walk Kicks Off White Squirrel Weekend


May 23, 2019

Explore art, music and wine at the Brevard Fourth Friday Gallery Walk on May 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Brevard. This free walkable event kicks-off the 2019 White Squirrel Festival Weekend. New this month is a collaborative art project by multiple artists and art galleries called The Masterful Collaboration, where local artists explore Georgia O’Keefe’s iconic painting, “Two Calla Lilies on Pink.”

Artists @ Work Studio and Gallery will be co-hosting The Masterful Collaboration event. Artists exhibiting include Cathryn Cooper (painting), Lucy Clark (ceramics and photography), Gloria Martin (mixed media), Louis Bishop (pastel), Elizabeth Lemon (fiber) and The Two Silversmiths (jewelry).

Red Wolf Gallery will be participating in the Masterful Collaboration with artists Ann DerGara, Maureen Chapman, Shannon Whitworth and Franke Prince showcasing their versions of the work.

Heart of the Matter working studio and gallery will be open in its new location at 44 E. Main St. with more space to showcase its selection of modern, contemporary and abstract art. Featured artists are Galen Garapolo, Judith Duff, Jerry Domokur, McKenzie Keenan, Chuck Kidwell, Haley McGavin, George Raeder, Simone Wood and Senya Fredrickson.

Blue Moon Gallery will host music by harpist Gwendolyn Mayla, who will be playing contemporary covers on her harp, accompanied by guitar. Stop by to see the new exhibit featuring the local gallery collaboration using O’Keefe’s work as an inspiration for new works in wood working, photography, paintings, porcelain and more. Photographer Walter Arnold and his “Art of Abandonment” will be the next quarterly guest artist rotation and will be exhibiting his work through August. Across the street at 37 E. Main the Transylvania Art Guild will showcase their versions of The Masterful Collaboration in the storefront windows.

Local Color has two artists participating in the shared exhibit Masterful Collaboration. Shelly Schumaker and Nora Lynn Holmes have created pieces influenced by O’Keefe. Just in is a load of popular yard art from Adams Crafty Creations and new fractal and copper work from Joseph Basting.

At Number 7 Arts, three artists will be featured: Peter Chumbley (acrylic on wood), Sharyn Fogel (watercolor) and Janet Leazenby (clay).

At 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk, stop by to meet six student artists from the high schools who were interviewed for the new intern program at Number 7 Arts Gallery. Interns will work in the Number 7 Gallery over the summer, display their work for sale and learn about the gallery and how a cooperative works. The students considered for the program are Shelby Owen, Parker Mullen and Caitlyn Crowe from Rosman High School and Eda Riemann-Royer, Julia Lusk and Shaelyn Price from Brevard High School.

The Transylvania Community Arts Council will open a new exhibit during Gallery Walk entitled “Balance.” This exhibit is an open show where artists were asked to explore what the word “balance” means to them. More than 25 artists in many mediums will have their work on display at the TC Arts Council Gallery, and the public is invited to stop by and meet them during Gallery Walk. While there check out photographer Gloria Clouse’s take on “Two Calla Lilies on Pink.”

Artists participating include: Erika Arroyo, Olga Dorenko, Victoria Burke, Maureen Chapman, Carol Clay, Joe Hagarty, Karen Kalio, Carol McCullough, Gordon Neale, Tim Frady, Janet Forbes Roess, Mike Price, MJ Tutzauer, Mark V’Soske, Jill Wolfe, Rick Sandford, Amanda Blake Willett and many more.

Join Starfangled Press for the opening reception of “Risograph: Ceci n’est pas un copier,” a new solo-exhibition featuring the prints and publications of Woolly Press a Risograph (RISO) design and print shop in Asheville. A stencil duplication process with an aesthetic similar to silk-screening, risography originally found its place in the copy rooms of the late ‘90s corporate environment before starting a second life in the design studios, art departments and DIY-house basements of makers looking for an attractive, unique and affordable option for their printed matter. Meet the artists and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or Oskar Blues beer tasting.

Next door to Starfangled Press, explore Aura Gallery & Studios and Be Boutique. This multi-use space featuring Bonita Shipman and Billy Smith offers classes and workshops.

A new location this year on Gallery Walk is Poplar & Ash, a unique boutique that carries boho, vintage influenced clothing and artisan goods. You can find this eclectic shop on Jordan Street. Just around the corner on Broad Street, check out Dragonfly Gallery with artwork, framing, and unusual art-inspired gifts.

Main Street Ltd. will host a free wine tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. The Hollingsworth Gallery will present local artist Donna Allstaedt. Allstaedt’s work focuses on such subjects as Western North Carolina waterfalls, painted in a realist abstract style. Along with simple nature themes, she enjoys painting old-world style pieces that reflect period times, telling a story and bringing you into the painting.

On West Main Street, visit Brevard Clay, downtown Brevard’s biggest collection of handmade, local pottery, where you can also find an artist at work and creative space to paint your own pottery.

Upstairs is the newest gallery, Shuptrine Gallery, a studio and gallery showcasing watercolor paintings by owner Stephanie Shuptrine, as well as a collection of Giclees by her late father and renowned watercolorist, Hubert Shuptrine.

Looking for musical entertainment? Wine Down on Main will have musical entertainment by John Trufant and an art exhibit by Jill Wolfe. 185 King Street will host Schnoz Mahal for a White Squirrel Festival Dance Party starting at 9 p.m. just after Gallery Walk.

The White Squirrel Festival music lineup for Friday night on Main Street includes Brother Oliver, Po Ramblin’ Boys, and Travers Brothership.

Over at the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District, visit The Color Wheel Gallery, which will be featuring works by Erin Jones and guest artist Sandy Anton.

The Haen Gallery Brevard is in the midst of moving to their new location, so it will not be open for May’s Gallery Walk. They look forward to opening in June at 210 S. Broad St.

Looking to take an art class or learn to dance? Art Lab is a place that offers art classes of all kinds for people of all ages. At the end of each Gallery Walk, Art Lab will offer dance classes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For those looking to buy creative supplies, check out Sun Dragon Art & Fiber. They have fine quality yarn, notions and accessories, and have experienced instruction in knitting and crochet.

A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the TC Arts Council at (828) 884-2787 or go to


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