Usually, a trip to Raleigh or Charlotte would be required to see 11 of North Carolina’s most prolific realistic artists in one place at one of these cities’ major museums or art galleries.
But starting Saturday, residents of Davidson County will have the chance to view such an exhibit in Lexington at the Bob Timberlake Gallery and Museum.
The local gallery is hosting the realistic Blue Ridge 2021 exhibit through January 29 and begins Saturday with an opening reception from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with most of the artists in attendance. Reception is free and open to the public.
The list of exhibiting artists includes Hal Bryant, William Mangum, Fredrick Craig Franz, Jason Drake, Gary Freeman, Scott Boyle, Jeremy Sams, Chris Bell, Clayton Pennell, Richard Oversmith and Timberlake.
Timberlake said he was delighted to host the art exhibit here.
“My intention with this place has always been to promote artists from North Carolina,” he said of his gallery.
The Shuford Gallery at the Hickory Museum of Art hosted the 2019 Blue Ridge Realistic Art Exhibition.
Raised in Davidson County, Timberlake is considered a founding father of the realism art movement. Inspired by Andrew Wythe, Blue Ridge’s “school” of realism has its roots in 1970, when Timberlake decided to become a full-time artist. His first three solo exhibitions were sold even before they opened.
Timberlake’s creative genius over the past 50 years was celebrated in June and July 2021 at the Bob Timberlake Gallery and Museum with a retrospective of his years of professional painting. The 50th anniversary celebration should have taken place in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled shows from North Carolina to New York.
“I didn’t even know what a realist painter was when I started painting,” he said. “I painted just what I liked.”
And what he loved were the farms, barns, roads, lakes, quilts, antique coffee boxes, iconic Raggedy Andy dolls and other snippets of current and past rural landscapes of the America and North Carolina. Viewers instantly connected to his paintings, seeing part of their past and present in Timberlake’s art.
“The members (of the Blue Ridge Realist) drew inspiration from the work of Andrew Wyeth, as well as Impressionist, American Tonalist and Barbizon schools of thought,” writes Jeff Church, on the Blue Ridge Realist website, explaining the group of ‘artists. . “… Each artist is free to explore their own style and particular working methods while drawing on the creative energy of their colleagues.”
In addition to the works on display, the gallery welcomes the author and collector of Piedmontese decorative art C. Michel Briggs. He will bring some of his American long rifles that he collected from North Carolina’s nine long gun schools in the early 1800s.
Briggs wrote five of his books on archery schools in the Piedmont region in the early 1800s. His latest book, published in July 2021, is “The Longrifle Makers of the Davidson School”. The book contains 314 pages of text and photographs with a foreword written by Timberlake.
Santa will visit the reception at lunchtime.
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After the opening, the exhibition is visible from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Thursday to Saturday until January 29.
“Having this exhibit at the gallery is special for us,” said Timberlake.
– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch’s senior reporter on trending topics and personality profiles and is always on the lookout for advice on entertainment businesses and events, secret and new menu items, and interesting people in Davidson County. Contact me at [email protected] and subscribe to the-dispatch.com.