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The Art of Portraiture: An Exploration of Modern Photography

April 7, 2017 - May 12, 2017

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

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 Space at The Refinery from April 7 – May 13.  The opening reception will be Friday, April 7 from 5 -8pm.


April 7, 2017
May 12, 2017
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Asheville Area Arts Council


The Refinery Creator Space
207 Coxe Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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