A New Leaf Gallery hosted a reception on July 5 for a pair of colorful storytellers who use paint and pottery, respectively, as their expressive media.

Work from painter Cheryl Miller Lackey and potter Timothy Porter will be featured in the gallery for all of July and August. Visitors can tour the fine arts gallery inside the Station, across from the Floyd Country Store. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Lackey lives in Botetourt County, Virginia, and is currently a member artist at the Gallery by the James in Buchanan. She grew up in rural Augusta County and earned her Master’s of Business Administration from Eastern Mennonite University and her undergraduate degree in business from James Madison University. She retired from a career in finance and accounting in 2016.

Lackey has always wanted to paint and thoroughly enjoys this new chapter of her life. Her love of old barns, buildings, people, and places with a story to tell is a main theme to her paintings. She captures almost perfectly the feel and texture of the rural landscape. The artist’s work can be followed on her Facebook page and website:www.artworkbycherylmillerlackey.com.

Porter was introduced to the ceramics community in 2009 at a summer workshop program. His curiosity about this art form led him to participate in two residencies, teaching ongoing classes and exploring a variety of firing possibilities. Six years later he was accepted into his first show where his work was featured among one hundred other vendors.

Porter’s work is strongly influenced by his living environment. He recreates the inherent beauty into his ceramics through composition, weight and balance. He uses firing effects to express the weathering of an old barn door or the lush greens of a spring meadow. The high mountains and the eastern pottery capitol of “Seagrove” inspire his color palette and the forms and structure of his vessels. Texture plays a major role in his process. He is influenced by the slick edges of the mountains, the ocean waves or the rays of sun as it sets beneath wandering clouds.

His work is currently showcased in galleries, boutiques, restaurants and Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States. Collectors and new buyers can also visit his website and learn more of his story as an artist, father and avid outdoors-man in rural North Carolina. More can be found at his website www.tlpfireart.com.

The gallery offers fine art originals and prints in all media, sterling silver jewelry, note cards, pottery, books by local authors and gifts.

For information, call 540-745-7367. https://anewleaf-gallery.com

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