The Transylvania Times -

No. 7 Arts Features Three Artists


October 21, 2019

Jack Christfield

October begins with the quiet reds of the dogwoods and sourwood trees followed by the yellows and oranges of the maples and oaks. The colors capture and inspire artists of all mediums to create.

The Number Seven Art Gallery overflows with many of those inspired creations Gallery Walk on Oct. 25 when we'll be celebrating three of our artists - Brenda Cameron, a fiber artist; Jack Christfield, a photographer; and John Davis, a landscape painter.

When you are in our gallery you won't be able to ignore the rich colors and textures in Brenda Cameron's handwoven and dyed wraps and silk scarves.

She stated, "Fiber arts allow me an avenue of expression representative of my life experiences. I use numerous techniques to create an interaction between colors and textures. I weave, dye, sew, felt, crochet, paint and spin. To soothe my soul there has to be an interplay between the paints, dyes, threads and textures."

Her process starts with dyeing yarn and fabric. She further enhances the fabric using a variety of surface design techniques. Her fibers include silk, cotton, rayon, wool, mohair and alpaca. She also collects vintage fabrics and incorporates them in her weaving to produce a dynamic effect. Cameron added, "Combining colors and textures allows me to express my joy and gratitude for the many gifts I receive."

Christfield is a self-taught photographer who has been inspired by such masters as Ansel Adams.

He said, "Although I don't specialize in any one type of photography, my recurrent themes are generally nature, landscapes, architecture and travel. If viewing an image makes you want to visit there yourself, or if it gives you a feeling of serenity, wonder, beauty or mystery, I consider that a success."

He combines light, line, form and depth to present a compelling image that tells a story.

His work has been published in Our State North Carolina and Blue Ridge Country magazines and The Blue Ridge Travel Guide.

John Davis

Davis' formal art training began at the University of North Carolina's Sloan College of Art. He has since been influenced by John Carlson, Richard Schmid and William Wendy. Almost all of Davis' paintings begin in the field. He believes that painting on site gives him the opportunity to experience a place and the way light and atmosphere effect it.

He said, "I find simplicity, beauty and a timeless honesty in wild places, wild things and those occupations dependent on land and sea. They evoke in me a peaceful feeling not unlike that of going home. My art seeks to convey this sense of peace and place to others."


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