April 7, 2017 – May 12, 2017

Dathan portraitThe 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.Curated by Libby Gamble

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.

Participating artists include: Cat Ford-CoatesDathan Brannon, Rene Treece Roberts, Travis Eagledove, David Simchock, Joshua Niven, Libby Gamble

There will be an opening reception at the Refinery Creator Space on April 7, from 5-8 pm in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffith Exhibition Space.