Burnsville NC events. Made to Measure at TRAC Gallery. Toe River Arts Council Burnsville, NC 28714. September 14 to October 12 2013. Don’t miss this exhibition, Yareah friends!
BRAG MEASURES UP IN AN EXHIBIT AT THE BURNSVILLE TRAC GALLERY
Beginning Saturday, September 14 and continuing through October 12, the Toe River Arts Council will host “Made to Measure” at their Burnsville Gallery. The exhibit will feature over 35 paintings and drawings by members of the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild (BRAG), no canvas measuring over 192 square inches.
BRAG began five years ago in response to the need to share — a passion for 2-dimensional art from photography, to pen and ink, to painting in all media. Folks from Mitchell and Yancey Counties meet monthly, invite professionals to speak to their art, their technique, and the art of making a living off their art. Today, they have over 40 members — the only requisite is their love of their art and the joy of putting it down for all to see. Any 2-dimensional artist is welcome to join and participate. Members have ranged in age from 13 to some artists who stopped having birthdays decades ago. They’ve been here all their lives and just moved to the area. No matter the reason — the mountains and valleys, creeks and rivers, the fawn in the woods or goat in the pasture or other like-minded folks — the artists call this area home and find all that it offers perfect 2-dimensional subjects. A perfect example is Kathleen Deasy who moved to Mitchell County in 2012 just to be in an arts supportive environment. Like so many other artists, art for Kathleen “has always been about change and exploration.”
“Made to Measure” is a small exhibit of large talent in a small space. The sizes are restricted, but the themes expansive — perhaps a pear on a plate, a black bird on a branch — from land and waterscapes, animals, portraits and still life. Where some artists may chose an old shoe, laces untied, leather worn as a theme, Sandra Gates, founder and current president of BRAG prefers plein air painting in the open air. “Views of these mountains change each minute—inspiration of the moment.” And Kathleen Turczyn for which, “Nothing is off my to-paint list or my how-to-paint list…and everything is a challenge.”
The exhibit will be held at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery, 102 West Main Street. A reception to “meet the artists” will be held on Friday, September 13, from 5 to 7pm. TRAC galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm.
TRAC is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to promote the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties and funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the NEA, local businesses, members and other grants and donations. For more information about the Arts Council, visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org or call 828-682-7215. To find out more about BRAG, visit www.bragwnc.org.