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In the Mazie Jones Gallery


The High Country Watermedia Society (HCWS) was founded in 1997 here in the western mountains of North Carolina with a primary focus on creating, promoting, discussing, and learning about artwork made from water-soluble materials, such as watercolors. Other water media examples include acrylic, gouache, casein, pencil, pastel, pen & ink, and the newest transition media such as water-soluble oil paints. Members include artists, art collectors, and community art enthusiasts who gather together for the creation, appreciation, and promotion of all art created using watermedia. Although located in Watauga County, HCWS members are represented from all around North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. Members also come from a variety of professions and background.

The theme of this year’s annual Jones House Exhibit is “Barns: Out Standing in Their Fields”. The exhibit celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.





In Upstairs Gallery One

pegge laine

After retiring as a school counselor Pegge returned to Appalachian State University to earn a certification in Expressive Arts in 2009. Subsequently she earned an international accreditation as a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator. Throughout the process she learned to ignore the voice that whispered "but you are not an artist". She learned to embrace the materials at hand and learned to play, focusing on process rather than product. She learned to see mistakes as surprises following the flow of paint ,wax, collage and ink.  

Presently she works for the Turchin Center for Visual arts at ASU as the Visual Arts Outreach Coordinator providing opportunities for children and adults within the region to discover and explore the creative process. She believes the arts offer a pathway for healing, a way of envisioning new ways of navigating a complex world and a way to play with abandon.

Her 2014 exhibit at the Jones House includes works in acrylics, alcohol inks, collage and encaustics.





In Upstairs Gallery Two

Kim Abernethy

Kim Abernethy is an oil painter whose impressionistic style evokes feelings of serenity and calm. Her work draws upon a sense of familiarity. Her art connects the viewer to a moment in time captured on canvas.

Born and raised in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, and a long time Boone resident, Kim has always possessed a heightened awareness of and an appreciation for the natural world. Using oil as her medium, much of her work is done en plein air. The experience of creating art outdoors connects her to the work and allows her to convey a strong sense of place and time in her paintings. She expands on this experience by using the plein air works, along with sketches and reference photos taken on site, to create larger works in her studio.

Kim is a juried member of Oil Painters of America and Women Painters of the Southeast. She is also a member of the Watauga County Arts Council, the Ashe Arts Council, North Carolina Plein Air Painters and the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC, where she has exhibited as featured artist. Kim has participated in numerous juried shows and was awarded a Regional Arts Grant for 2013. Her art can be viewed at Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery in Crossnore, NC, City Gallery in Galax, VA, and on her website at


For the complete 2014 Gallery Schedule, click here


Interested in exhibiting at the Jones House?

We are accepting applications for our 2015 galleries. All ages and medium welcome to apply.

Click here to fill out an application for consideration.


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