• “Ready for Halloween” by Dorann Nelson, mixed media. (Submitted)
    “Ready for Halloween” by Dorann Nelson, mixed media. (Submitted)

Spirits of Autumn 2019: ‘A Magical Gathering of Artists’

Diverse group of artists celebrate fall in Spruce Pine

Good friends textile artist Louise Grenell and dollmaker Sally Morgan Guérard were pondering things they enjoy creating over lunch at Weaverville’s Well-Bred Bakery two years ago. Their conversation ventured into a shared love of Fall and Halloween.  

“We have no venue in the area for those of us who produce this kind of work,” Grenell said. 

What evolved from that conversation is an invitational show and sale “Spirits of Autumn, A Magical Gathering of Artists,” which takes place Friday, Sept. 20, from noon-7 p.m. with a reception beginning at 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. upstairs at the Arts Resource Center at Toe River Arts, 269 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine.

There are 10 invited artists participating in the show and sale. Dorann Nelson is a mixed media artist with a background in architecture and design. Incorporating unique materials, her Halloween art presents a peculiar and uncommon take on modern classics. Lisa Gluckin is known for her bold, playful work in ceramics. Valerie Beck will contribute her celebrated blown glass Story Bowls with tales such as “The Raven,” and “The Headless Horseman.” C.R. “Pap Pap” Troxell will offer his whimsical, narrative folk paintings.

There will be weaving, ornaments, and work of flora and fauna created of hand-dyed wool from Grenell. Guérard will craft seasonal soft sculpture and brooms. Beverly Carroll, who works with “bewitched” media, will show jewelry and mixed media. True Kelly’s photographs will evoke spirits from another world inspired by her work with children and extensive folk art collection.  Glass artist Jan Williams Ritter will focus on her special crow necklaces.

“Halloween is a playful acting out of our fears of the unknown, engendered by the twilight of fall transitioning into the night of winter,” said Judson Guérard, a philosopher turned glass artist. He will have glass pumpkins, gourds and drinking cauldrons to offer as an antidote.

Call 828-765-0520 or visit www.spiritsofautumn.com for more information. Follow the exhibit on Instagram using #spiritsofautumnshownc and on Facebook at #spiritsofautumn.

The MItchell News

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