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Opening Reception - Noyes Capehart and Gregory Smith

October 4, 2007

The Collectors Gallery

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Thursday, October 4, 6-9 p.m.


Noyes Capehart (Long) was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 13, 1933. He grew up in the small Nashville suburb of Old Hickory, a small factory town on the Cumberland River. Following high school, he attended the University of the South (Sewanee), before transferring to Auburn University to pursue a major in illustration. After completing the degree program in 1958, he moved to New York City where he took a position as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He remained with the museum until mid-December of 1960 when an unexpected temporary teaching offer from Auburn prompted his return to the South.
He entered the graduate program at The University of Missouri in 1963, majoring in printmaking. He remained at the university following the completion of his graduate studies as an instructor. In 1967 he assumed a teaching position at The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Appalachian State University lured Noyes to Boone, North Carolina with a teaching position in 1969, and he remained with the university until his retirement in 1997.
Noyes has been exhibiting in adjudicated exhibitions at regional, state, and national levels for nearly fifty years. His works have been shown in several museums in the United States, including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, The Brooklyn Museum, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, and The North Carolina Museum in Raleigh.
In addition to his professional involvement in art, Noyes is also deeply involved with writing and has, since the early '70's, completed a dozen, or so, short stories, a novel (Potato Eaters), and a novella (Ghenna's Child). He is currently working on a second novel based on his experiences with study abroad programs while at Appalachian.


Gregory Smith currently lives in Banner Elk, NC. He received his degree, a B.A. in Painting from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 1992. He has been exhibiting his work in solo and group shows from 1983 to the present. In 1991, Appalachian State University honored this artist by purchasing a work of his for their Permanent University Collection. This piece is currently on display in the Plemmons Student Union Building. His work is held in private and corporate collections throughout North Carolina.

" Stylistically my work is always in motion, changing, moving off in new directions. I am happy to explore different genres and motifs. Landscape, still-life, and portrait paintings are all connected by my constant fascination with the physical properties of the medium. Paint is fluid. Paint is plastic, infinite in its potential application. There are no limits to its expressive quality, there is no end to paint's ability to render objects, light, form, and illuminate ideas, mysteries, and thoughts. I feel I have only begun to see a few of these properties realized, and hope to continually explore them throughout my lifetime. Beyond subject, style and content it is my preoccupation with paint itself which constantly is a source of interest and inspiration."