WEST JEFFERSON — The newest exhibit from the Ashe County Arts Council opened Wednesday, June 12 at the Arts Center, “Light and Lighthouses,” which adds seaside scenes to the sight of mountain landscapes.

All of the work is by JoAnn Pippin and Carole Bryant, who both serve on the board of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Pippin, originally from the New England area, said her work in the exhibit serves as a way for her to bring some home with her to Ashe County.

“A lot of the art in this area is based on what’s around us,” Pippin said. “It makes sense, there’s a lot of beautiful scenery with the mountains. I wanted to look back at where I come from, and add something to the tons of mountain landscapes being painted around here.”

Pippin said she had never before been a part of the hanging process for an exhibit, with it being surprisingly difficult.

“We were here from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. trying to get everything right,” Pippin said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into putting everything in the right place, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

She added that after a point in the process, the two just followed how they felt the art was flowing, and let it guide them.

“Light and Lighthouses” will be on display at the Arts Center until Saturday, July 6.

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