Jim Southerland Exhibit
Seven Sisters Gallery is proud to announce a new exhibit featuring one of Black Mountain’s very own accomplished artists, Jim Southerland. Jim Southerland has been an art professor at Montreat College for almost 27 years and is currently teaching drawing, painting, and sculpture as Artist in Residence. A native North Carolinian, he is proud to have settled in a little cove south of Black Mountain, which provides unending inspiration for his paintings and prints. His work will be on display from Nov. 7, 2014 to Jan. 25, 2015.
Jim Southerland’s paintings and hand-pulled woodcuts and etchings have been exhibited in galleries since 1969 following earning a B.F.A. in printmaking from East Carolina University. He went on to Penn State to complete his Master of Fine Art degree in Ceramics, and for over three decades was a full-time potter and sculptor. His work has always revealed an interest in two and three-dimensional images.
In 2000, Jim embraced oil painting to express his love for landscape. Within only a few years, he was elected by a worldwide internet portfolio vote to serve on the Advisory Panel for the International Plein Air Painters, and has been a Signature Member of IPAP and the Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters for many years. This past April, Jim was the first featured artist for the WNCPAP special Asheville Urban Landscape Project (which received a grant from the Asheville Arts Council).
Influencing his visual perception and artistic style is his own camera obscura that he made in 1978, and with it in 1981 discovered/invented a totally new technique in printmaking. That unique story, including an overview of the vast history of optics and astronomy, is currently in progress for a filmed documentary, and Jim has a small personal ebook called Camera Obscura Printmaking (not at all photography) available through Apple iTunes/iBooks).
Seven Sisters is located at 117 Cherry St in downtown Black Mountain. Hours are Mon- Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-5. Call 828-669-5107 for more information.