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First Friday Art Walk and Opening Reception of Two New Exhibitions

April 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 7 – May 13 | Reception: Friday, April 7 5-8pm | Artist talks: 6:30 pm

Two exhibits open tonight at the Refinery Creator Space. Please scroll down for information about both exhibits.

Located at the Refinery Creator Space in the Hall Gallery

“Plein Mountain Air: Magic and Mystery” by Lisa Blackshear

After graduating from the University of Minnesota in Studio Arts, Lisa moved to New York City to pursue a career in art and illustration. Her illustrations have appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall St Journal, and the Village Voice among other publications. Meanwhile her watercolor paintings inspired by street life in New York City were exhibited in galleries in New York and Minneapolis. A move to Asheville allowed Lisa to pursue her lifelong dream of fine art oil painting. In 2013 she organized the Asheville Urban Landscape Project to bring professional and emerging artists together to paint “en plein air”. She was a featured artist for the Asheville Urban Landscape Project in 2016.

Lisa says:  “Plein air painting is a way for me to commune with nature. I discover the language of form, come to know the quality of light and atmosphere, and learn to paint what I see and not what I think I see. It is a meditation that makes my cares float away. Iʼm especially drawn to the art deco buildings, exposed granite cliffs, and mountain lakes and streams that make Asheville so unique.”

Plein Mountain Air: Magic and Mystery will be on display in the Hall Gallery at the Refinery Creator Space from April 7 – May 13.  The opening reception will be Friday April 7 from 5 -8pm.

Located in the Thom Robinson & Ray Griffin Exhibition and Event Hall

“The Art of Portraiture: An Exploration of Modern Photography” curated by Libby Gamble

The reasons for making portraits are expansive. The Art of Portraiture: An Exploration of Modern Photography celebrates the differences, as well as the similarities that go into making an image of a person or a group of people a successful photograph. Each photographer creates images of people to document lives, make statements, tap into emotions, express themselves, or capitalize ideas. We encounter technical challenges and problem solve in infinite manners. The artists in this exhibition invite the viewer to participate in our exploration of 21st century portraiture that captures a moment in time that will not be lost forever. Participating artists include: Cat Ford-Coates, Dathan Brannon, David Simchock, Joshua Niven, Rene Treece Roberts, and Travis Eagledove, and is curated by Libby Gamble.

Gamble creates art as a way to visually illustrate her thoughts and emotions. What she has discovered through her work is that the qualities she feels that make her unique in some way, turn out to be quite universal at the core. She is inspired by the lessons that are hidden within the obstacles of day to day life. Her work has been described as moody and whimsical, and while she’s a bit concerned by this truth, she accepts it as her own reality. Gamble has won multiple awards in juried art shows in the United States, and has participated in many group exhibitions over the years. She was the winner of the 2013 Columbia Museum of Art: Contemporaries Artist of the Year Juried Show in Columbia, SC. She was the recipient of The McMurray Scholarship to study alternative processes with renowned photographer, Jill Enfield at Penland School of Craft in 2013. She earned a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Fiber Arts from the University of South Carolina in 1992. In 2014 she graduated with her Masters in Fine Arts in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Gamble now calls Asheville, North Carolina her home and is thrilled to say that her artwork hangs in homes around the world.

The Art of Portraiture: An Exploration of Modern Photography will be on display in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffith Exhibition and Event Hall at The Refinery Creator Space from April 7 – May 13.  The opening reception will be Friday, April 7 from 5 -8pm.


April 7, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Asheville Area Arts Council
207 Coxe Ave.
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