Mossellers paintings of cars, boats, planes in TPS exhibit at TFAC

Published 4:31 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dreams inspire us and can lead us toward an ever-enriching creative experience. In the Tyon Painters and Sculptors new show at the Tryon Fine Arts Center dreams play out their nurturing role as exhibited in the collection of Ronnie Mossellers drawings and paintings of cars, boats and planes.

Included in the collection are drawings from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, some of which Ronnies mother saved from when he was 4 to 5 years old. It was these early drawings that spurred a lifetime of drawing in graphite, pen and ink, and painting in acrylic.

Mosseller recalls one of his earliest experiences of seeing his first movie and then going home and drawing car wrecks. This early moving-picture experience of seeing cars colliding lead him to create drawings of early-model automobiles as well as classic cars of the 1920s and 30s. Then came boats and planesand a couple of his dogs as well.

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Mossellers dreaming and drawing led him to study at the Art Students League in New York City, as well as later studying painting, drafting, and sculpture. While studying art and producing his many car illustrations was his passion, he earned his living designing and producing exquisite rugs for his family rug business started by his mother in 1925.

Some of the Mosseller rugs now grace the interiors of important private collections as well those commissioned for the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., the historic Williamsburg Inn, in Williamsburg,Virginia, and the State of Virginias governors mansion.

His drawings and compositions have appeared in galleries in New York City as well as Austin, Texas, Asheville, North Carolina and Tryons own Upstairs Artspace Gallery. Although semi-retired, Mosseller still works a few days a week producing rugs while enjoying his current profession creating full-color illustrations for advertisements. He also contributes his time and efforts to the Thermal Belt Rotary Club and the Thermal Belt Friendship Council, which he has been involved in since its inception.

Mosseller, one of Tryons favorite multi-talented citizens, shares his dream life of creativity in 101 ways in Gallery One at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Running concurrently will be a show of Margaret Davis paintings in the Mahler Board Room Gallery next to Gallery One. The opening reception will be held Sunday, February 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. or catch these exhibits any Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Gallery One at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. This show runs through March 27. For further information call Tryon Painters and Sculptors at 828-859-8322 ext 212.