High Point's Theatre Art Galleries announces the opening of a Fall/Winter Exhibition

"Theatre Art Galleries announces the opening of a Fall/Winter Exhibition curated by Guest curator Tom Patterson titled, “CLOSE TO THE TREE: Works by Cher Shaffer and Gabriel Shaffer” opening Friday, Nov. 21 with an Opening Reception on Friday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The exhibition will remain on view through Jan. 2, 2015.

Painter Cher Shaffer and her son Gabriel Shaffer will share the Main Gallery in a dual exhibition. Cher Shaffer grew up on a small farm in Fairburn, Georgia. Her mother’s ancestry was Cherokee and Melungeon, and her Southern Baptist father was of German descent. Her early paintings, which she began producing in the late 1960s, depicted scenes from her childhood. She pursued her art more seriously after her mother’s death in 1978. By that time she had moved to southeastern Ohio, where her three children were born. A health emergency she suffered in 1985 led her to reevaluate her life, and her art subsequently took a turn toward more expressive, primal imagery. Her work began to reach a national audience in 1989, when she was among the artists featured in the book O, Appalachia: Artists of the Southern Mountains, by Ramona and Millard Lampell, and a related traveling exhibition. She moved to rural Ashe County, N.C., in 2004.

Gabriel Shaffer grew up watching his mother make art and interact with art dealers, collectors and other artists. The oldest of her three children, he apparently inherited her talent, and he maintained a casual drawing practice throughout his childhood. He also excelled early on at writing, which he pursued more seriously. After he finished high school, and following his parents’ divorce, he took a job with the produce distribution company his father managed in Columbus, Ohio. Over the next few years he underwent an identity crisis that manifested in reckless drug experimentation, suicidal behavior and temporary hospitalization. He survived the worst of it to spend most of his twenties writing, doing performance poetry and singing in modestly successful rock bands. At 27 he belatedly tried his hand at painting and realized he wanted to pursue it more seriously. After a brief residency in Wilmington, N.C., he moved to Chicago, where he worked as a waiter and used his spare time to paint, visit art galleries and museums and learn what he could about art history. Encouraged by his mother, he began showing his work to collectors and had a show of his paintings in New York in 2004. Later that year he moved to Asheville, N.C., where he has continued to develop his work. His paintings and collaged drawings, increasingly layered in their treatment of personal and cultural themes, suggest compacted excerpts from an open-ended narrative involving a panoply of familiar and unfamiliar characters.

Gallery B will host “The Chair as Art Form: an exhibition in collaboration with members of the American Society of Furniture Designers and the Bienenstock Furniture Library”. There are many talented, professional photographers in the area that work in the furniture and decor industry. Some of the best were invited to select one of the featured chairs from the exhibit and express themselves creatively using the chair as the subject of their photograph, but capturing something unexpected and familiar. Taking the subject out of its usual domestic setting and truly treating the “chair as art form”.
The Hallway Gallery will feature “Works from the 512 Collective”. The 512 Collective is an artist collective and gallery in High Point that hopes to bring the growing local art community together to create a culture of locally supported artists and makers. The 512 Collective is located at 512 E Washington Street.

And once again, the Kaleidoscope Youth Gallery will host the Annual TAG Lower School Art Exhibition. Participating schools include Florence Elementary, High Point Christian Academy, Johnson Street Elementary, Montlieu Academy, Northern Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Pilot Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Union Hill Elementary, and Wesleyan Academy.
Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit www.tagart.org."

- A Press Release

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