Discover New Mixed Media Artwork at Gallery of the Mountains

From blowing glass, to painting, to carving wood, to throwing clay, our artists come to us with every kind of talent. The mixing of media in a single art piece like a sculpture or an item of clothing is especially inspiring when you consider the extra time and care put into sourcing the types of materials that will “play well” in unique ways.

Peggy Wollins is a newcomer to Gallery of the Mountains. Her one-of-a-kind animal sculptures combine wheel-thrown and hand built clay forms. The incorporation of hand-carved patterns and hand-painted detailing enables an expressive individuality to emerge from each creature. Old typewriters, sewing machines, stereos, and other vintage machinery yield the components used to provide the final, quirky twists that make Wollins’s animals so special. Pictured here is “Frank” the fox.

Lyn Lyndall is another artist represented by the Gallery of the Mountains. She has established herself as a lover of animals as well – both real and imaginary! As a third-generation artist who has been painting professionally since 1981, Lyndall spends each day immersed in projects. She is an especially skilled leather worker, incorporating many types and textures of leather and hides into pieces like this “eye bag” purse. Combining traditional elements like metal, bone, and glass in an unexpectedly surreal way lends to the impression that these works of art might be enjoyed by characters from other worlds.

Leather Eye Bag purse by artist Lyn Lyndall.
“Eye Bag” by Lyn Lyndall

The inspiration for Kyle Keeler’s “feather ball” came from his experience with a Carolina wren who took up residence in his studio years ago. The fragility of the little bird’s nest juxtaposed against Keeler’s equipment and ventilation system caused him to realize the resilience of natural life even in extreme vulnerability. To Keeler, “The feather is a representation of a dream or goal that you have. The clear glass surrounding the feather represents the importance of seeing that dream every day.”

Glass feather balls by artist Kyle Keeler.
“Feather Balls” by Kyle Keeler

Joni Lewis and Claire Jordan are two examples of artists who use greeting cards as canvases for additional artwork. Each printed card receives individually applied details such as hand-sewn trim or hand-painted flowers. Jordan’s line of hand-painted cards are exclusive to Gallery of the Mountains, and our newest cards from Lewis feature vintage imagery of The Grove Park Inn, where we are located!

Greeting cards by Joni Lewis and Claire Jordan.
Greeting cards by Joni Lewis (left) and Claire Jordan (right).

Gallery of the Mountains takes pride in representing artists who live in Western North Carolina. Since 1984 we have featured American handmade crafts by more than 100 local and regional artists of the Southern Appalachians.

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