By Eugenia L. Johnson
Director Swain County
Center for the Arts
Twenty impressionistic oil paintings and two pastel paintings by Jenny Buckner of Waynesville will be on exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City through March 28. Her subject matter includes people, animals, landscapes, flowers and still life.
In addition to the paintings, an assortment of Buckner’s jewelry creations made of natural stones with pewter and brass are also displayed. Some of the stones she uses in her necklaces and ear rings include lapis, natural citrine, lava rock, labradorite, jasper, amethyst and aquamarine. All of the jewelry and some of the paintings are for sale. The rest of the paintings are from the personal collection of the artist.
Buckner’s portraits of people and animals are done mostly with a brush, reserving the palette knife for the accents. However, her landscape paintings are done entirely with a palette knife. She paints rapidly in a bold, impressionistic style that has lively movement within detailed and realistic images.
Buckner grew up in Brevard and has a degree in horticulture from NC State University. Surprisingly, she has had no formal art training and has only been painting for 11 years. She has attended some workshops at Hilton Head and in Hendersonville. She won third place in two national art competitions and one of her portrait paintings was published in “100 Ways to Paint People, Volume One,” by an international artist magazine. She has also won awards in several N.C. art shows. She has had three solo exhibits and one mother/daughter show with her mother, Barbara Hawk, at Twigs and Leaves Gallery in Waynesville.
When asked about her philosophy of painting, Buckner said, “I love color and texture and throwing color all over a canvas makes me happy. I love movement in a painting. My goal is to love everything I paint or I paint over it! My husband hates this and has rescued some of my paintings. I paint indoors because I hate bugs and being too hot. I love loud rock and roll music and no interruptions when I paint — pure pleasure.”
Twigs and Leaves Gallery in Waynesville, Wickwire Gallery in Hendersonville and Seven Sisters Gallery in Black Mountain represent Buckner and show her artwork. She also does portraits on commission and has plans to open a teaching studio in Waynesville. To see more of her artwork for sale go to her website at www.paintingsbyjenny.com.
The exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts can be viewed at all public events or by appointment by calling Jenny Johnson at (82)488-7843. On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m., a flute and guitar concert will be presented by Pan Harmonia, formerly known as Keowee Chamber Music. This concert received funding from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and is offered free to the public.
The musical, “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” will be staged for six shows during the last two weekends in March. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the musical can be purchased in advance or at the door for $10 for adults or $5 for students and seniors.
Visit www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta to view the current calendar of events or to get directions to Swain County Center for the Arts. Call Jenny Johnson at (828)488-7843 for more information.