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Introducing This Month's Jones House Artists:
In the Mazie Jones Gallery
“Come take a walk with me.
I’ll show you some well-worn trails through the Blue Ridge Mountains, clouds embracing mountaintops and distant valleys immersed in the colors of the seasons. And along the way, I’ll introduce you to some of the plants and animals that call the mountains home.
The photographs in this current show reflect my deep respect for Mother Earth and attempt to capture some of those special moments found along those winding trails. The mountains draw me to walk and my camera compels me to capture those times. And I’ve been doing both for years.
My photography is both personal and professional, complementing my current career as a graphic designer and production editor with Mountain Times Publications, which publishes the Watauga Democrat, Mountain Times, Ashe Mountain Times, The Avery Journal-Times and The Blowing Rocket from offices in Boone, N.C.
I invite you to visit mtnsnapshots.com or mtnsnapshots.smugmug.com on the Web to see more of mine, and your, world.”
In Upstairs Gallery One
“I have a passion for my Art. After 30 years of engineering, I could not have returned to Art were it not for the unbelievable help and love of my Father, Bob Richardson. He is a supporter and insightful critic of my work. My mother, Dee Dundon, and the remainder of my family are my patrons, supporting me in so many ways they are uncountable. My 9 year old daughter Eleanor is my greatest critic and the only person who can see what I am doing without explanation.
All of my present works are based of my own observations and visions. I wake up at wee hours and must paint. I see colors, shapes, and motion with music, something called synesthesia (thanks, brother Colby). If you want to talk art, let me know. My work is not meant to be a colorful wall hanging. It lets me express my feelings adnvisions. I beg critical as well as positive insights. Thank you for looking."
In Upstairs Gallery Two
Martin Church is a native of Watauga County and was first exposed to the darkroom at Mabel Elementary School. The then librarian, Mabel Mast encouraged him to follow his love for photography which continued through high school and beyond. Martin has degrees in Photography from Virginia Intermont College and Radford University. His parents, Robert and Eleanor Church reside in Zionville and have always been very supportive. Martin has four wonderful children, Weston, Benjamin, Willow, KaiZen Hawk and an amazing partner Carrie Dillon.
He has taught photography and art at Virginia Western Community College, Radford University, James Madison University and numerous children's workshops. He currently teaches in the Art Department at Appalachian State University. His photographs are made in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, the Big Island of Hawaii and some of the places in between. Many of the subjects are from daily life and include friends, family, the landscape or fantasies inspired by these relationships."