Grovewood Gallery’s annual Sip & Shop event will take place on March 17 and 18 from 10am to 5:30pm. Enjoy complimentary wine and cookies while shopping a unique collection of American-made art and craft. All gallery merchandise, including outdoor sculpture and studio furniture, will be ten percent off, and local artists will be performing craft demonstrations from 11am to 4pm each day.
On March 17 and 18, painter Bryan Koontz will demonstrate brushwork techniques in oils. As a lifelong native to the area, with a family heritage spanning back two centuries, Bryan has developed a deep appreciation for the mountain culture, heritage, and scenery. To impart some of that sensibility, Bryan strives to create art that draws people into what they are viewing – historic places; paths and fields; and expansive mountain vistas – or, with portrait or figure painting, the beauty of one’s visage developed by character.
Friday, March 17, Carla and Greg Filippelli will demonstrate their “random weave” technique on baskets in various stages of completion, transforming them into contemporary woven sculpture. Over the past 20 years, Carla and Greg’s fluid designs and shapes have evolved into functional baskets for homes and sculptural art for the wall. Influenced by their natural surroundings, Greg and Carla’s love of nature and organic forms is reflected in their work, which incorporates hand-dyed reeds, fibers and wild vines.
On Saturday, March 18, Deanna Lynch will demonstrate weaving on a 4-harness loom with a color-and-weave pattern. Deanna was introduced to weaving by her grandfather when she was just 9 years old, and received formal training years later through Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program. Today, she is developing her own line of garments and home goods – adjusting and improving as ideas continue to evolve. Deanna says, “I weave pieces that are meant to be worn and used. I believe handmade treasures should function as everyday objects.”
All demonstrating artists will have original works of art for sale. The ten percent discount does not apply to demonstrators’ artwork or custom/special orders.
Shoppers can also enjoy lunch or dinner at the Golden Fleece restaurant, next door to Grovewood Gallery, featuring upscale Mediterranean cuisine, heavily influenced by owner Giorgios Bakatsias’ Greek heritage.