Countless generations have walked the trails and paths of the Blue Ridge in awe of the hills
that roll for miles, the evergreens that grow on every stone and the fresh cool water seeping through
invisible cracks. Whether an artist is just passing through or chooses to call this area
house, these mountains are full of inspiration.
The Art Cellar gallery is celebrating its 30th season as an art destination in the beautiful
Banner Elk. Not lacking in creativity in the region, the gallery focuses on regional artists who
have roots in surrounding Appalachian communities. Launch of the 2022 summer season,
the gallery has prepared an exciting selection of artists starting with an exhibition for Scott
Boyle and Sedberry pottery.
Scott Boyle specializes in capturing Blue Ridge’s unique outdoor luminescence
The painting. First popularized by the Impressionists at the end of the 17th century, plein air painting became
an important technique that allowed artists to depict the most natural state of the environment
they aimed to portray. Impressionism focuses on the fleeting quality of light over a landscape. the
the best way to reproduce these subtleties is to work on location looking directly at the subject,
instead of working from memory or a photograph. “To be there in person in front of nature
has a way of keeping me honest and growing as a figurative artist,” Scott says. While his
ideas are born in the open air in the form of studies, he will often return to his studio to reach a level
of finishing thanks to refined details and the superposition of glazes and paint.
At the age of seven, Scott Boyle’s parents recognized his unusual ability to draw and they
seized the opportunity by giving him private art lessons. At the age of sixteen, he
had won over four dozen awards and sold sixty-five oil paintings. Scott then graduated from
Indiana University in 1984 and became an airline pilot. With one eye always in the sky, he
continues to spend enough time in the field to create his characteristic soft landscapes of familiar landscapes.
high country views.
Sedberry Pottery is a team consisting of father and son, Ken and Galen Sedberry. The couple lives and
work along the River Toe in Burnsville, North Carolina to create unique wood-fired pottery. the
two artists design their own shapes individually but share a trademark palette and rustic quality
by their wood-fired approach. Wood firing is an ancestral technique born out of necessity.
The process is laborious and requires constant attention, leading many contemporary artists
opt instead for gas and electric ovens. However, some aesthetic qualities cannot be
produced by traditional wood firing due to the interaction of clay with wood ash
and an open flame.
Ken graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 before migrating North
Carolina Mountains in 1981. Galen joined the operation after taking a year off from college
before returning to receive a degree in appropriate technology. He spent several years in the
the solar industry, but his hands have found their way back to clay.
Their work is inspired by the vast nature that surrounds their home and studio as well as a
backpacking trip the family took through Central America. “The colors and images of
rainforests, tropical flowers and coral reefs of the Caribbean have greatly influenced my
work,” Ken says. “My goal…has been to achieve color in wood firing – colors that combine
with conventional wood firing stains to create surfaces similar to those found in nature
the wildest fauna, flora and oceans.
Scott Boyle and Sedberry Pottery’s exhibition will be presented at the Art Cellar Gallery in
May 4 – May 21. An open day will take place on Saturday May 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. where collectors
have the chance to meet the featured artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. To see the
Complete Art Cellar Gallery season schedule, visit www.artcellargallery.com