A showing of new works and a series of prints by Jenean Hornbuckle, a landscape painter, will open at the Rotunda Gallery of the Jackson County Public Library from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, with a reception sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council and Sequoyah Fund.
Hornbuckle paints mostly on canvas creating large landscapes of natural scenes. Born on the Qualla Boundary, she is a graduate of Swain County High School and Western Carolina University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and is a founding member of the Seven Clans Art Guild.
“I am an artist because there is memory in my blood that reminds me constantly of who I am,” Hornbuckle said. Her mother is Cherokee Nation, and her father is Eastern Band of Cherokee.
Her limited prints are of local landscapes, and buyers could take a trip to the spot in the paintings – Deep Creek, Santeetlah Creek or Oconaluftee River to name a few.
“I love thinking that one of my pieces actually entices the viewer to go out into our beautiful woods and creeks,” she said. “There is a great solace there and that is the true gift.”
The show will be up through Jan. 7. A part of the historic Jackson County Courthouse, the Rotunda Gallery space is shared between the Jackson County Historical Society, The Jackson County Genealogical Society and the Jackson County Arts Council. It features artists living and working in Western North Carolina, preferably Jackson County. The gallery is open library hours, Monday through Saturday.
More about Hornbuckle can be found at www.authenticallycherokee.com. More of her work can be seen throughout Cherokee in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Cherokee Indian Hospital and in Asheville at Mission Hospital. She also has a large piece on display at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
For more information about the event or the Rotunda Gallery space contact the Jackson County Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-9820.