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Turchin Center for the Visual Arts:

Summer Palette By Lynn Rees-Jones

Gretchen Lotz / Anniversary Spiral

Bill Brown / Refugee #7 Michelle Van Parys / David in Manicured Garden


raduation caps have been tossed towards the sky and Appalachian State University in Boone has settled into summer. The majority of campus buildings are quiet as they take a break before the return of students and professors in the fall. The galleries of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, however, are undergoing a transformation to present a compelling palette of art just in time for the start of An Appalachian Summer Festival, featuring an eclectic array of visual arts, music, dance, theatre and films. The changing galleries of the Turchin Center always offer a blend of artistic styles and artists. This summer, the seven galleries touch on subjects that range from immigration to the natural world, the New South, the breath of a forest, collaborative artistic surrogacy and the marking of time. The new exhibitions will all be open in time for a Summer Exhibition Celebration on Friday, July 5 from 6 – 10 p.m. and many of the artists will be in the galleries to share their artistic process and journey. The soaring walls of the Main Gallery feature the work of Steve and Gretchen Lotz. Steve’s oversized paintings are inspired by the colors of the deep sea— watery greens, misty blues, rich coral purples and spiny reds. Gretchen’s sculptures reflect her inspiration in the creatures of the waters and the birds of the skies. After 55 years of marriage, they continue to inspire, challenge, and find mystery in each other, and their work shares similar compatibilities and synergy. Regionally beloved sculptor and philanthropist Bill Brown wanted to do something to help relieve the international


immigration crisis and turned to what he knows best—creating sculpture. His exhibition, Refugee, is a series of freestanding metal sculptures each of which begins with a figurative form perched on a platform that metaphorically references the refugee journey: a rocking boat, an isolated rooftop, a beloved homeland.  The placement of sculptures in the galleries mimics migration as they flow through the gallery. The photographs from  Beyond the Plantations: Images of the New South by Michelle Van Parys present the contemporary southern landscape in all of its rich complexity. Often, images of the Old South are sanitized views of a perfect and prosperous plantation life yet ignore the conflict, conquest, and transformation that is manifested in the changing landscape. In her site-specific Installation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5….. Australian artist Jodi Woodward asks viewers to reflect on how they (we) choose to spend the time we are given in our lives. She repeatedly asks: “Do we just tick over the days or do we actively reflect on what we do and why we do it? Do we just repeat the same behaviors over and over or do we choose to change what we do, or behave differently?” My Place, or Yours?, guest curated by dancer and choreographer Cara Hagan, is an exploration into the politics and practice of collaborative work. The artists in this exhibition make work together, albeit from a distance. More specifically, the majority of the participants here have embarked on a journey through the philosophy and practice of “Artistic Surrogacy.”

Reiko Goto Collins / Plein Air

Plein Air: Southern Appalachian Forest is about one leaf, one tree. Reiko Goto Collins and Tim Collins have worked with a team of scientists, technologists and musicians to construct a hand-crafted box easel for the 21st century with the goal of revealing the breath of a tree. Their artwork provides an experiential interface to an important but relatively invisible aspect of carbon sequestration. Art is unique in that it is largely aesthetic, but offers commentary on a vast array of issues that permeate the many layers of our lives. The exhibitions at the Turchin Center allow each individual to meet the art at the level suitable to their personal beliefs and experiences. Additional free visual arts events during the summer include the annual national juried Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk on July 27 at 10 p.m. at the Smith Gallery in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and Lunch & Learn Lecture series held in the Turchin Center lecture hall at noon on Wednesdays in July. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is the largest facility of its kind in the region and fulfills Appalachian State University’s long-held mission of providing a home for world-class visual arts programming. The TCVA is located at 423 West King Street in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday and Saturdays, and noon – 8 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is always free, although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, to become a donor, be added to the mailing list or schedule a tour, call 828.262.3017 or visit tcva.org.

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Carolina Mountain Life - Summer 2019  

Carolina Mountain Life - Summer 2019