February 2, 2018 – March 30, 2018

AAAC is excited to be welcoming painter, Christine Longoria into the Front Gallery of the Refinery Creator Space!

Christine Longoria is a graduate of Trinity University, where her mentor was a student of Hans Hoffman. She was greatly influenced by him, and by Richard Dibenkorn. She has a graduate degree from Western Carolina University.

Longoria was a founding member of the Asheville Gallery of Art, and displays work at galleries throughout North Carolina. She has work is hanging in many private homes and corporations throughout the United States. Until 2015, she was represented by the American Folk Gallery, as their only trained artist.

“My life has certainly been changing, and it’s reflected in my work. All artist bring their life experiences to the table… and growth is always the goal. Congruence also comes to mind, you always reflect what is inside, so you better do your inner spiritual work, or whatever it is you personally need to grow.  The world need us to do our inner work . ”

“I don’t approach a canvas with anything in mind except making marks. Those marks move you to the next marks.  You look and look, and soon you begin to see the unfolding.  You just keep marking until you see “it”.  I rarely say, “I think I’m going to paint an apple today.” I just make marks. It’s a mysterious process, and some times it works out in a great way and sometimes, not so much. Knowing when to put it aside, or move on is almost always a question.   Sometimes I just say, “Well, that’s all I want to say about this.”

“I don’t like artist statements, because they should always be changing daily too.
I just want people to view my work, and see something they have never noticed before. I hope it will change the way they observe and see with new, enlightened eyes. Negative space? A new color way? I want them to know that art, like living , is a risk -taking business.
I will have some of my old art hung among the new. It’s delicious to think how to combine the two in pleasing ways. As my viola playing friend, Nancy Steffa and I recently said, “It’s that excitement that makes good life!”
“I hope you will come see it. I hope it says something to you. I’m not sure it’s so great,  but it has some great places.  I would like to dedicate this show to Dr. John Lockwood of WCU, who sent me on this new journey, and to my new husband, Lewis Sorrells, a brave man who stepped out and started these changes on a wing and a prayer.  Also to Randy Segal, who inspires me with his soulful work.”

 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Refinery Creator Space.