The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts up in Boone, NC is a tiny gem of a space on the campus of Appalachian University. Boone is a lovely 2 hour drive up into the mountains from High Point. I’ve always taken inspiration from Andy Warhol. It was a delight to experience the recreation of Andy’s foil covered Factory in the Turchin’s Quicksilver exhibition yesterday.
Here I am looking like I just stepped out of the Campbell’s soup can. It was so much fun to listen to the curated music from Andy’s playlist, too. David Bowie, Devo, Patti Smith…my era of music.
The Turchin has recently acquired several prints from the Warhol Foundation and this exhibition highlighted those works beautifully. Below is my legendary friend Constance with legend Greta Garbo created by legend Andy Warhol. Unlike Garbo, I do not want to be alone. Sharing great art and great food with friends is one of life’s great pleasures.
In addition to this show, the Turchin’s main gallery on the first floor holds a delightful exhibition of ceramic work by Lynn Duryea. Lynn is the reason we took this road trip. Lynn is an art professor at Appalachian State University and also an acclaimed artist with a new book out about her work.
I wanted to go see Lynn’s show and meet her in person. Lynn lives on the same island I do in summer in Maine. We have several friends in common and I had already facebook friended her but we had never met. Constance and I arranged to have lunch with her after admiring her beautiful work at the Turchin.
During lunch it was discovered that Lynn is from Montauk, NY. I later found out that my close friend Peggy of Hampton Design knows the Duryea family in Montauk as well. And how did Lynn end up from Montauk to Deer Isle? Her dad used to have Stonington lobsters brought down to his restaurant Duryea’s Deck in Montauk. As life unfolds for me I realize more and more the depth of our interwoven lives on this planet.
As we left the restaurant and said goodbye to our new artist friend a large butterfly dancing along the flowers up ahead near the sidewalk caught my attention. I see you.