Toe River Arts Council hosts Robin Martindale’s “My Other Self” exhibition Aug. 20 – Sept. 17

“Big Orange”; Big Orange (Living In Fiction) by Robin Martindale. Photo courtesy of Toe River Arts Council

Press release:


The Toe River Arts Council’s Spruce Pine Gallery is pleased to host “My Other Self,” a one-woman exhibition by Robin Martindale from August 20 through September 17, 2016. A reception is planned for Friday, August 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Martindale’s work is sculptural in design, experientially meditative in perception and as colorful as a box of crayons. Her pieces vary in size from a little over 12 inches and that might sit on a pedestal to ones that stand six feet off the floor. She works predominately in wood, but doesn’t limit herself, often creating with metals and clay.

Martindale retired from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, after over two decades as a professor in the Department of Art. Formally trained as a sculptor, she has taught graphic design and its history, illustration, product and chair design, drawing and several different categories of sculpture.

Creating, for Martindale is “a way of communicating that is as visceral as music but much more subtle, particularly when it is non-representational or abstracted.” With her work, Robin’s interest lies in expanding one’s visual awareness.

As I see it, art making is a meditative process,” she says. “When I work, I learn who I am…I’m interested in color, media, form, and process when I start a piece, but when the work is complete, and I have a chance to live with it, I begin to learn what the work is about.”

The exhibit will run from August 20 through September 17 at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery, located at 269 Oak Avenue. The public reception coincides with the opening H. Allen Benowitz’s special photography exhibition upstairs in the Arts Resource Center from August 27 through September 10. Both receptions will take place on Friday, August 26 from 5 to 7 pm.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact the Spruce Pine Gallery at 828-765-0520, the Burnsville Gallery, 828-682-7215, or visit the website, Exhibit hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Toe River Arts Council is a 501C-3 nonprofit and is supported by donations, memberships, local government support, grants (including the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Natural and Cultural Resources Department) and earned income from its events and sales.

About Max Hunt
Max Hunt grew up in South (New) Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2011. History nerd; art geek; connoisseur of swimming holes, hot peppers, and plaid clothing. Follow me @J_MaxHunt

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