Seven Art Trek artisans appear at Thompson’s Garden Gallery

Published 9:43 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This weekend as you plot your tours to Art Trek galleries and open studios of area artists and craftsmen, be sure to visit the new gallery in town —Thompson’s Garden Gallery at 83 Palmer Street. It’s very accessible — behind Stott’s Ford and around the corner from Skyuka Fine Art and Green River galleries on Trade Street. Too, Tryon Painters & Sculptors on Maple Street is less than a block away.

The Garden Gallery represents more than 30 artisans. During Art Trek, however, the gallery will feature special exhibits and demonstrations by Matt Cable (mixed media), Becky Collins (encaustic), Joe Cooper (coppersmithing), Grace Lertora (painting and collage), Patricia Roshaven (painting and photography) and Mara and Ford Smith (writing and photography).

Over the Art Trek weekend, these artisans will be giving demonstrations and talks. On Saturday, Lertora will work on a collage and answer questions. Matt Cable will talk about how he integrates various techniques (painting, drawing,  mapping, writing and photography) into original works on canvas and salvaged materials. Throughout the day, gallery manager Becky Collins will give encaustic demonstrations and speak about the process.

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On Saturday morning, Joe Cooper will appear and show how he works with copper. Saturday afternoon, Patricia Roshaven will talk about her photography and how it influences her paintings.

On Sunday afternoon, Cable and Collins will continue demonstrating mixed media and encaustic techniques. Ford Smith will answer questions about digital photography, the process of printing with archival inks on archival papers – including how to tone-map your printer for realistic images. In addition, Mara Smith will be on hand with copies of their published books.