The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk Celebrates 25th Season with Event Lineup


   The Art Cellar Gallery & Framemakers will celebrate its 25th season during 2017 with a schedule of exhibitions, artist talks, book signings and other special events from June 1 through October. All events are free and open to the public.


    High Country art luminaries from The Art Cellar’s past will fill the lineup, including Norma Murphy, Gregory Smith, Noyes Capehart and Herb Jackson. In addition, the gallery will feature emerging artists from the area whose work may grace collections of the future.  Located near central Banner Elk, The Art Cellar Gallery & Framemakers offers museum-quality framing services, in-house professional art consultation and creative design solutions for homeowners and businesses.  The gallery specializes in fine art, sculpture and other three-dimensional works in glass, clay, wood and stone. The in-house frame shop has framed over 20,000 works.


    Banner Elk native Pam McKay started The Art Cellar Gallery in 1993 and her husband, Michael McKay, joined the gallery operations the next year. The gallery building has grown from 1,200 square feet in an actual cellar to more than 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and framing workshop over three levels.


    “When we graduated from Appalachian State in the late 80s, everyone left to start a career,” said Pam McKay. “We were able to stay and make a living, and make a difference. Art has always been my passion, and the gallery allows me to share that.”


    Since then both owners have been involved with art education and events in the local grade and high schools, as well as exhibitions at Cannon Memorial Hospital, Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University. “We like to give back to our community and our alma mater,” Pam said.    “We continue to push the envelope and present the most amazing artwork and talent available, while preserving and presenting the rich artistic heritage of our region,” McKay said.


    The Art Cellar has its own curator, gallery director Sarah Myers, another passionate art expert. She coordinates documentation of every artwork and manages gallery operations. “I like to introduce people to new artists,” she said, “knowing everything about the artists’ history and techniques. It’s important to know why they create what they do.”


    The Framemakers department is run by the McKays’ nephew, Rob Hancock. Rob is a Certified Picture Framer, and an expert in the preservation and conservation techniques necessary to protect original art or historical documents.


    The Art Cellar Gallery & Framemakers is located at 920 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk.

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