'The Master Artists' exhibit work at Gallery 86

Oct 02, 2013

Waynesville’s “The Master Artists” group will exhibit at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 from Oct. 2 to Nov. 9, 2013.

Members include Desmond Suarez, a second generation furniture designer and maker. Desmond is inspired by the Shaker, Arts and Crafts movements, and the clean lines of Scandinavian designs. Each piece is handcrafted using the finest Appalachian hardwoods selected for their natural beauty.

Representing the local potters, are Terance Painter and Sarah Wells Rolland. Both live and work in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Making pots is one of the creative mountain crafts passed down from the first settlers. Today, the aesthetic statements made by potters are far beyond the functional pots made by those first mountain people.

Handcrafting jewelry since 1983, Diannah Beauregard opened a studio in downtown Waynesville in 2006. She has recently changed locations and works from her home studio outside Waynesville where she makes custom one-of-a-kind jewelry. Active in the community, she supports many of the local not-for-profit organizations.

Jo Ridge Kelley is the fifth member of the “Master Artists.” A Native North Carolinian, she moved to Waynesville after marrying photographer Ed Kelley. As a child growing up on a dairy farm, she would grab a sketchbook and sit in a meadow or beside a creek, she would sketch the nature around her. For a number of years Jo had a gallery on Waynesville’s Main Street. She now works at home and still creates “plein air” landscapes and abstracts from nature.

The artists’ reception on Oct. 3, 2013 from 6 – 9 pm at Gallery 86 will feature wines from Stony Knoll Vineyard. A gift set of three wines will be offered for sale with a portion of the sales donated to the Haywood County Arts Council. The labels for the wines have been designed by Jo Ridge Kelley.

Gift packages with three wines – a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2012 Viognier, and a 2011 Chambourcin will be offered to reception guests. Stony Knoll Vineyards is a family owned vineyard and winery. Founded in 1896, the award-winning vineyard is designated as a “NC Century Farm.”



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