Press release from The Art Cellar Gallery:
Two Views, New Clay Works
by Pam Brewer and Lisa Stinson
May 17 – June 2
Opening May 26, 4-6pm
The Art Cellar Gallery is excited to kick off the season with a dynamic two woman show, “Two Views, New Works in Clay by Pam Brewer and Lisa Stinson.”
Whether it is inspiration in the landscape of the mountains and rivers of North Carolina, the sculptural curves of flora and fauna, or the physical working of the earth in clay bodies, these artists capture Mother Earth in each of their works.
Coming from the Interior Design program at the University of Atlanta, Pam Brewer found herself in the mountains of North Carolina at the Penland School of Crafts. Here she got her hands into clay in the sculptural form and hasn’t stopped since. Graceful curves and whimsical design barely begin to describe Pam’s organic forms. Using earthenware to sculpt, she individually coils and pinches the clay to create a manifestation that in time represents the shape of an animal. These earthen creatures appear to be “born” with feelings and emotion, as if they could speak to you from behind the clay. Be it creatures, leaves or mosaics, Pam Brewer breathes life in to her creations through her love for nature and the skilled movement of hands.
Lisa Stinson’s career started over 25 years ago in teaching. In 1998 she moved to the North Carolina mountains to take a teaching position as ceramics professor at Appalachian State University. Lisa’s forms are both physically and conceptually organic in nature. Her texture platters encompass the sense of the peaks and valleys of the surrounding mountains and Lisa’s love for nature and the landscapes that surround her daily. Lisa uses a press molding process for her wall pieces and has recently started experimenting with slip cast functional work. These delicate pieces in vivid colors will be making their debut during the show.
This season will feature an exciting mix of artists and mediums. From clay to oil on canvas; realistic landscapes and abstracts, artist talks and book signings, this season will have something for everyone. All events at the gallery are free and open to the public.
The Art Cellar Gallery focuses on North Carolina artists while including select artists from across the Southeast, showing work from large scale canvases to smaller works on paper as well as sculpture, glass and clay. A high country arts destination celebrating 26 seasons, The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Hwy. 184 in Banner Elk and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. For more information contact the gallery online or by phone at artcellaronline.com or 828-898-5175.