52 Weeks/52 Trees
February 27 @ 5:00 pm - March 15 @ 5:00 pm
Saluda painter Dale L. McEntire Honors Trees by Rendering One Tree Per Week
The Gallery at Flat Rock is excited to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Dale McEntire that are inspired by a love of the trees that surround us. What started as an homage to the beauty of trees gradually turned into a series of artworks, with each painting rendered in a particular style suited to the individual tree. This exhibition— titled 52 Weeks 52 Trees is the culmination of McEntire’s idea to create one tree painting per week over 52 weeks starting in 2019. Ten percent of proceeds from sales of paintings from 52 Weeks 52 Trees will be donated to the local environmental advocacy nonprofit MountainTrue.
“I had the idea of making a series of individual trees as I have spent a lot of time outside in the woods throughout my life,” says McEntire. “The outline and form of a tree against the backdrop of the landscape and sky are very unique and interesting.” Recognizing the vital role trees play in our ecosystem, given the current climate crisis, he wanted to express their significance while also challenging himself to paint a tree every week in a spirit of experimentation through painting in a variety of styles and techniques.
A native of Western North Carolina, McEntire trained in fine art at Mercer University, at Penland School of Craft and through private studies in the U.S. and Europe. McEntire works in oils and pastel, as well as in stone, steel, glass and bronze to create paintings and sculpture out of his studio in Saluda, North Carolina. An interest in the spiritual essence of nature is evident in his use of color and form of his contemporary landscape paintings.
The Gallery at Flat Rock represents finely curated art and craft, and is located in Flat Rock Square at 2702-A Greenville Highway in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or by appointment. To learn more, please visit the gallery website at galleryflatrock.com or call the gallery at 828-698-7000.