Artist Dale McEntire speaks at Green Blades Garden Club


Local painter and sculptor Dale McEntire will be the guest speaker at the Green Blades Garden Club meeting at 1:30 on Thursday, January 9th at Tryon Fine Arts Center, taking place in the Mahler Family Room.

Dale is a native of Western North Carolina and has been involved with the visual arts since his training at Mercer University. He has continued to evolve as an artist through private studies in the US and Europe and has also trained at Penland School of Craft. Dale produces both oil and pastel paintings and sculpture of stone, steel, glass and bronze out of his studio in Saluda, North Carolina. As Dale says so well, “A movement of painters and sculptors identified as “Nature Symbolist” has inspired me to create work that is about the essential quality of nature. For me this is a spiritual essence that is underneath the obvious form and can be sensed with time and awareness. My goal is to refine my own personal language of this inner form and create an object of beauty and skill. Surface line and color are important elements I am engaged with. Working in pastel, conte and pencil on location provide me with the subject matter for my landscape paintings. The forms and color then evolve in the studio. The paintings become more abstract as I interpret the subject and its energy to express the idea of place and

experience. My more abstract work is informed by my personal writings and those of others that I am influence by. This is a wide range of people, including fellow artists, poets, historians and spiritual teachers.”

Dale is represented by galleries in Western North Carolina and for the past several years has been selected to participate in public art events and outdoor sculpture shows. He is also a member of Tri-State Sculptors. Join us for his discussion on Art and the Community, as Dale shares how this area, its artists and organizations have helped educate, support and develop him personally and the importance of the arts to the quality of life for all of us in our community. Come and be inspired.

Submitted by Cathy Brettman

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