April 7, 2017 – May 12, 2017

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.