Bravo MarketPlace announces collection of fine artists

Published 6:19 pm Friday, September 30, 2011

Photographs by Mara and Ford Smith and concrete abstracts by Bob Neely are among the art works at Bravo MarketPlace. (photo submitted)

Dan Lawter Ferebee announces his selection of fine artists for Bravo MarketPlace at 83 Palmer Street in Tryon.
Diana Gurri and Bob Neely display various mixed media pieces. Linda Hudgins and Jim Shackelford exhibit paintings. Mara Smith and Ford Smith present photographs of the Southeast.
Diana Gurri moved to Tryon from Melbourne, Fla., where she owned an art gallery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Miami. Gurri’s focus at Bravo is on smaller works that are offsprings of larger wooden “quilts.” She says, “I take things I find, add them to what I have, mix them with past experiences, welcome unexpected outcomes and repeat the process until art evolves.”
Bob Neely is a former mayor of Tryon who experiments with all kinds of media. Dan Ferebee has selected several “pointillism” paintings and sculptures to show at Bravo MarketPlace. The sculptures are outdoor cement figures that incorporate stained glass and indoor wooden pieces that use flat panels and dowels to form the shapes. Self-taught, Neely states, “I seek to produce works that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”
Linda Hudgins trained at Rhode Island School of Design and Converse College. Hudgins’ art has been described as energizing and renewing. An award-winning artist who has an extensive exhibition history, she says, “My travels and art studies in places like China and Africa have influenced my work tremendously.”
Jim Shackelford is a well-known acrylic artist whose work ranges from landscapes to an impressionist exploration of creation. Painting full-time for more than 20 years, Shackelford is self-trained and has participated in numerous workshops. He comments, “Many of my works recreate an image in the traditional style of realism, while others generate an impression.”
Photographers Ford Smith and Mara Smith have been selling their imagery for more than 20 years. Represented by several stock image banks, they said they are excited to have been selected for the Bravo Collection of Fine Artists. They offer limited-edition, giclée prints in various sizes.
On Oct. 8, many of the artists will be on-hand at the Saturday evening Tryon Gallery Trot, which runs from 5 -8 p.m.
– article submitted by Mara Smith

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