The Jackson County Art Council is hosting retired Western Carolina University professor James (Jim) Smythe’s final one-person exhibition during the months of July and August in the Rotunda Gallery, located at the Jackson County Public Library.
This is Smythe’s second art show at the Rotunda Gallery. His paintings are categorized as realistic and have been completed since his retirement as an art professor at WCU in 1998.
As a regular exhibiting member of Gallery 1 in Sylva and Tsartistry Gallery in Franklin, this final show does not mean Smythe is retiring from his favorite pastime, creating paintings, but that he’s stepping away from exhibiting them in a formal manner. For this exhibition he selected from 65 paintings in his downtown studio and 74 paintings in storage.
Smythe says he interprets the environment in which we live with rich color and impressionist brushwork. The featured subject of this exhibition will be the mountain rhododendron that he photographed on the Blue Ridge Parkway, along with several panoramic views from the Parkway. Many of these have been shown in national juried pastel exhibitions with the Appalachian Pastel Society and Southeastern Pastel Society.
Smythe has a long career of showing his creative efforts, with 41 juried art exhibitions and 14 awards to his credit, including exhibitions at all of the major art museums in the Southeast. He has been invited for 28 art exhibitions and has had 16 one-person exhibitions, a testament to his standing as an artist in the state and region.
For this exhibition Smythe is reducing his prices, following the advice from a recent fortune cookie he got at the local Chinese buffet: “You are only cheap to yourself, but never to others.” To see more of his paintings visit him in his studio in the David Schulman Office Suites (the former Downtowner Office Building), 563 W. Main Street, Sylva. To learn more email Smythe at email@example.com