The Stanly Arts Guild and Falling Rivers Gallery is very pleased to be hosting the work of Archie Smith June 20th through July 5th. The show will open with an artist reception on Friday, June 20 from 5 to 7pm. Light appetizers and wine will be served. This event is open to the public.
About the Artist
Archie Smith is a local artist specializing in sculptural and functional instruments that combine extraordinary craftsmanship with contemporary design. Archie makes three types of stringed instruments: the mountain or lap dulcimer, the bowed psaltery, and the plucked psaltery.
In the late 1970′s, Archie created Horsebottom Ridge instruments in the Appalachian Mountains near Banner Elk. This was a hobby business and artistic diversion while still an Associate Professor of History at a local university. In 1997, Archie retired from teaching and he and his wife Rosie moved to a family farm near Mt. Pleasant NC and Archie made his passion for these instruments a full time endeavor.
Archie participates in art fairs and festivals from Florida to Ohio and beyond, but rarely shows his work locally, so we are thrilled that he will bring his instruments to Falling Rivers Gallery for this 2 week event.