Florence Thomas School of Art to Host Annual Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts | Advertisement

WEST JEFFERSON — The Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts is being held at the Florence Thomas Art School from August 4-31. This annual event is designed to celebrate and commemorate the life of Corey Anne Considine by examining the influence of women in the arts and supporting young female artists.

The month-long exhibition features works by the artists selected for the 2021 celebration, including: Toni Carlton, Lori Hill, Whitney Landwehrmann and Cheryl Williams. Visitors can go to the Florence Thomas art school on Friday August 13 for the opening of the exhibition from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Normal gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Toni Carlton has been a multimedia artist, owner, director and curator of the Carlton Gallery for over 30 years. A graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in fine arts as well as industrial technology and a minor in business, her artistic work has grown over the years in a variety of media, from fiber arts to mixed media paintings.

Lori Hill lives in Boone, where she raised her four children. Hill has over 30 years of experience teaching art and exhibits her work at the Carlton Gallery and other local venues. Lori sits on the board of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and is a member of the Watauga County Arts Council.

Whitney Stuart Landwehrmann is a painter who touches both realism and surrealism. Raised in Ashe County, Landwehrmann lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains like many generations of her family before her. Although she had a degree in chemistry, Whitney chose to pursue her passion for art and became an accomplished painter and muralist.

Cheryl Williams is from Southern Pines, and it was there that she learned the art of pottery. While attending Sandhills Community College in 1985, she found herself in the art department and saw the magic of wheel-throwing clay. Williams was hooked, and she earned a fine arts degree with a major in ceramics.

A symposium featuring talks from exhibiting artists, keynote speaker Toni Carlton and contributing writer Sandy Lassen will take place on Saturday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The school invites you to connect virtually this year to enjoy the symposium from the comfort of your home. For more details on how to do this, please visit the Florence Thomas School of Art website.

This event is sponsored by the Corey Anne Fund.

This event is hosted by the Florence Thomas Art School, a 501©(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for teaching, exhibiting, and experiences in fine arts and heritage crafts for Ashe County and area. For more information, contact the Florence Thomas School of Art at (336) 846-3827 or visit their website www.FlorenceArtSchool.org.

Kayleen C. Rice