“An Opportunity for a Dream,” featuring the photography of Jeffrey Stoner, is the inaugural exhibit in the Grace Brading Spurrell Gallery in the new Tipton-Haynes Exhibit Hall in Johnson City.
The exhibition will be on display from Sept. 24 through Nov. 23. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Stoner will be on hand to discuss his images from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, following the opening of the new exhibit hall.
The exhibit’s monochrome and color images show the connection between Tipton-Haynes in Northeast Tennessee and the founding of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Tipton-Haynes was settled in 1784 by Col. John Tipton. Tradition says the site was visited by both the Cherokee Indians and Daniel Boone prior to Tipton’s arrival.
French botanist and explorer Andre Micheaux stayed with Col. Tipton while traveling through the area. It was also the site of the Battle of the Lost State of Franklin, which pitted the forces of State of Franklin Gov. John Sevier against those of Tipton and the North Carolina militia. That battle ended the last hope of Franklin becoming the 14th State.
The settlement of Cades Cove took the combination of the foresight of Revolutionary War veteran Col. William Tipton, John Tipton’s son, who acquired the first land grant in the Cove, and the courage of the first settlers, Carter County’s John and Lucretia Oliver and their young daughter.
The Olivers arrived in late fall and only survived the winter of 1818-1819 with the help of the Cherokee Indians. William Tipton and many of his extended family settled in Cades Cove, and he was instrumental in the formation of its first church.
Stoner is known for taking photographs that capture the essence of place. His passion is to capture images of the beauty and wonder that surround us. From the mystery of a trail leading through the fog to the beauty of rhododendron flowers highlighted by the first rays of dawn, his images tell a story.
His fine art photographs have appeared in international, national and regional publications. Most recently his images were published in a 22-page portfolio in the April 2011 inaugural edition of “Still Point Arts Quarterly” of Brunswick, Maine. The November-December 2010 edition of “Appalachian Trail Journeys” magazine featured his photography on the cover and a three-page portfolio inside.
Regionally, his photography was on the cover of the March and April 2011 editions of “A! Magazine for the Arts.”
Stoner is represented by galleries in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His complete portfolio can be seen at JeffreyStonerPhotography.com.