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                                                             Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
                                                                An Appalachian Summer Festival
                                                               Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
                                                                    Appalachian State University
                                                                                  PO Box 32045
                                                                         Boone, NC 28608-2045
                                                         828-262-6084 (ph) 828-262-2848 (fax)
May 15, 2009
For More Information Contact: Megan Hayes, Marketing Director, 828-262-6084 x104
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                  An Appalachian Summer Festival and
                    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
             Present Summer Exhibition Celebration on July 3
Boone, NC— Appalachian State University’s renowned summer arts festival and premier visual
arts museum partner together to present the much-anticipated Summer Exhibition Celebration,
featuring five exhibits of two and three-dimensional works that explore everything from
evolutionary biology to the evolution of furniture. This summer art party takes place on Friday,
July 3 from 7 – 9pm at the Turchin Center in downtown Boone, and is part of the downtown
Boone First Friday Art Crawl. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Turchin Center has, since its inaugural exhibition in 2003, programmed the Visual Arts
offerings for An Appalachian Summer Festival. With six galleries in two wings, the center
opens its summer season in two phases, celebrating the season and recognizing the artists during
its Summer Exhibition Celebration on the first Friday of July each festival season. Dress to kill,
dress to thrill or dress to chill, and join your friends at the biggest summer art party in the High

Hank Foreman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Cultural Affairs and Director and Chief Curator
for the Turchin Center, has selected exhibitions that offer the community and visitors to the High
Country a quality interaction with paintings and sculpture, while also presenting students and
faculty with alternative avenues for use in exploring classroom lessons. ―The Turchin Center is
pleased to join our fellow High Country art presenters as sought-out attractions, but we are also
proud to actively participate in the education of Appalachian’s students. Whether we are
assisting students to be practitioners, enhancing classroom learning, or presenting exhibitions,
lectures and tours, we are pleased to be a part of the High Country’s rich array of visual arts

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The Turchin Center will celebrate five exhibitions during the July 3 Summer Exhibition

Steven Siegel: Wonderful Life
July 3 – October 3, 2009
Reception: July 3, 7-9pm
Lecture: 5pm
Main & Mezzanine Galleries, East Wing
In honor of the 25th anniversary of An Appalachian Summer Festival, The Turchin Center is
proud to première this new body of work by artist Steven Siegel. Beginning in October, the
exhibition will travel nationally through 2010. Siegel will return to campus for a residency in
September to work with students from the departments of Art and Biology.
Steven Siegel lives and works in upstate New York. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute,
and an MA and BA from Hampshire College in Amherst. The recipient of numerous grants and
awards, he has completed sculptures and installations in the US and abroad. In 1998, Siegel won
the 12th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition Award for his site-specific work
Squeeze 2.

Siegel spent six years creating this series of 52 pieces, which he describes as having ―accidental
inception.‖ He named the body of work Wonderful Life, the title of a 1989 publication by
evolutionary biologist Steven Jay Gould, who studied fossil records in British Columbia and
determined that chance played a large part in survival of species. Siegel says, ―Evolutionary
biology has rich parallels to the creative process and the development of craft. This series... is
about the simple, cumulative changes that generate form, from generation to generation.‖

At 5pm on July 3, Siegel will talk about his work in the Turchin Center lecture hall. The
Summer Exhibition Celebration will begin immediately afterward at 7pm.

Gillian Christy: Inside and Out
May 1 – August 29, 2009
Mayer Gallery, West Wing, and the Turchin Center Grounds
Sculptor Gillian Christy holds a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa. She has created
commercial graphics for the NFL on CBS, as well as works for NBC’s The Apprentice, NBC
Sports’ Gravity Games and HBO. Christy has exhibited her work in numerous outdoor
collections, museums and galleries.

Christy’s sculpture focuses on ideas and related images of home. Her work is influenced by the
surrounding environment. The artist states, ―Images of home first appeared in my early work in
which I was taken by the architecture of mid-western Iowa. Presently, I am living in an urban
neighborhood filled with architecture and industrial elements such as mills, vents, and rooftops
that are new and different.‖ By combining these forms in her sculpture, she continues to find new
and refreshing images of home, incorporating details into her work that tell a highly illustrative
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Harlan Toole: Recent Work
July 3 – October 3, 2009
Catwalk Community Gallery, East Wing
An alumna of Appalachian State University’s Department of Art, Harlan Toole received her
BFA in 2007. The artist’s childhood in Alabama and her relationship with water shape her work.
Her paintings are representational, inspired by her memories of– and her emotional connection
to– water. Her work considers the scientific relationships among water, color and sound, and
further explores connections between humans and the ocean.

The artist states, ―The human body is composed mostly of water and our blood’s saline content is
nearly identical to that of the ocean. The body also contains DNA identical to the very first living
organism– blue-green algae– which is found in the ocean. Water interests me because of the
qualities it possesses. It clarifies sound and refracts and distorts objects and color with light and
depth. This instills in me a profound tranquility.‖

Faculty Selects – 2009
The Furniture Society’s Annual Student Juried Exhibition
Presented in conjunction with the Department of Technology, and The Furniture Society’s 2009
Annual Conference
May 1 – August 29, 2009
Gallery B, West Wing
Faculty Selects is an annual exhibition of student work sponsored by The Furniture Society, an
international, non-profit organization based in nearby Asheville, and presented in conjunction
with The Furniture Society’s 2009 annual conference. Jurors for the 2009 exhibition are Tom
Loeser, who heads the Furniture Design program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison;
student and Furniture Society board member Chris Schwab and Alan Harp, Director of Georgia
Tech’s Advanced Wood Products Laboratory.

Western North Carolina’s High Country is home to the furniture industry and the traditional craft
of furniture making. The area supports well over 100 manufacturing plants in the region,
numerous national furniture brands and many schools and organizations dedicated to the art and
craft of furniture making, including the Furniture Society, which holds as its mission to advance
the art of furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence and fostering an
understanding of the art and its place in society.

Appalachian State University has taught Furniture Studies for over 100 years. Originally
established to help provide a labor force, the newly formed Furniture Design concentration has
adapted to the many changes that have affected the furniture industry. In hosting The Furniture
Society’s conference, Appalachian bridges the craft and the industry of North Carolina’s rich
furniture history and celebrates a new future.

The Furniture Society’s 2009 annual conference will take place on Appalachian’s campus June
10-13. For more information, contact the Department of Technology at 828-262-3110 or visit
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Also celebrated during this reception is the Halpert Biennial 2009, a national, juried, two-
dimensional art competition and exhibition program that is designed to recognize new works by
emerging and established artists residing in the United States.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs
that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and
economic resource. Tours of the museum and the grounds may be scheduled by calling the
center at 828-262-3017.

An Appalachian Summer Festival’s success is due in large part to generous support from loyal
private donors, as well as a dedicated group of corporate and media sponsors, many of whom
have supported the festival for over a decade. Festival sponsors include: Blue Ridge Electric
Membership Corporation, Westglow Resort and Spa, SkyBest Communications, Inc.,
McDonald’s of Boone, Mast General Store, Best Western – Blue Ridge Plaza, Allen Wealth
Management, Footsloggers Outdoor & Travel Outfitters, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants,
Chetola Resort, the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, WBTV, WCYB, Charter Media, the
Mountain Times, All About Women magazine, the Winston-Salem Journal, the High Country
Press, Mac 100.7FM, Mix 102.3FM, WHKY AM 1290 Talk Radio and WHKY-TVDT,
Mountain Television Network, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM, WETS 89.5FM, WNCW
88.8FM,WASU 90.5FM and WNC magazine.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10am-6pm, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and Noon-8pm, Friday. The Center is closed Sunday and
Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations
are gratefully accepted.

For additional details about the Turchin Center, becoming a member, or the upcoming
exhibitions, please call 828/262-3017 or visit For festival tickets and
information about festival events, call 800-841-ARTS(2787) or 828-262-4046 (M-F, 10am-5pm)
or visit
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