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Appalachian’s Looking Glass Gallery presents “Stories in the Sky”

BOONE—HDivoky_t.jpgLooking Glass Gallery at Appalachian State University presents “Stories in the Sky,” an exhibition of drawings on paper by Heather Divoky. The show will be on view March 15 – April 5. A closing reception will be held Tuesday, April 5, from 6 – 7 p.m. in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition is curated by Dianna Loughlin, curator of the Looking Glass Gallery.

Looking Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of the Plemmons Student Union on campus. Gallery hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 10 p.m. Gallery admission is free. For more information, visit www.LookingGlassGallery.appstate.edu.

Divoky is a senior art history major at Appalachian with a minor in anthropology. As an aspiring artist, she takes her cues from artists like Adolf Wölfli, and the art scene from her hometown of Wilmington. Divoky gains inspiration from the constellations, the four seasons and zodiac signs. Using pen and ink on paper, she works in minute detail and uses bursts of colors to compliment her precision. All of these factors combine to create a unique style to her art.

“Stories in the Sky” was inspired by Divoky’s love of studying the night sky and her desire to explore the tales behind the constellations. Each of the pieces strives to represent the essence not only of the stars, but the stories behind the way stars are arranged.

Instead of the usual fairy tales, Divoky grew up with ancient Greek stories and wanted to share them with the rest of the world. In doing so, Divoky researched each constellation, capturing the enigma of the night sky in regards to the mythology of the stars. She has re-imagined these tales in her own style, and plans to continue work on this series until all 88 of the constellations are complete. The artist encourages the viewers to become engulfed in these pieces, surrounded by them as one is surrounded by the night sky.

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