If you weren't able to join us for the First Friday Art Walk on April 3rd, there is still time to see new works from Grant Penny, Suzy Schultz and Karen Titus Smith. Our exhibition "New Artists and Old Friends" runs through May 31st.
However, you may have missed a chance to speak with our guest artist and Asheville's own Grant Penny about his exceptional collage work. Upon closely examining his work, it is natural to look past the simplicity of his subjects, as the complexity and discipline in his design process shines through upon careful inspection. The simple joys of existence are admittedly inspiring to Penny, however the beauty within the process is what truly makes his work merit a second look.
Leonid Siveriver and Amy Medford will be at the gallery for our next First Friday Art Walk with a fascinating digital presentation and discussion of the processes involved in marble carving and bronze casting.
Come meet these incredibly talented sculptors and see what inspires them in their moment of creation!
They're passion and creativity will lead you into their sculpting world and introduce you to their own artistic language and processes. This rare insight into some of the most astounding methodologies involved in two of mankind's oldest art forms is definitely not to be missed!
First Friday Art Walk: May 1st, 2015
5 - 8 PM (Presentation begins at 6:30 PM)
Wine & Refreshments Provided
Featured artists for “Asheville in the Third Dimension” are sculptors and Leonid Siveriver and monoprint photographer Robert Asman, artists who have lived and worked in locales around the world, from Philadelphia and New Jersey to Israel and Italy, and now they are firmly planted on Asheville turf. “The Third Dimension” refers to objects in space in which depth is added to height and width. While sculptures are clearly three dimensional, the monoprints of Asman create a dizzying feeling of depth through the juxtaposition of people and the world around them, as well as the layering of special effects done in the darkroom.
There is also a philosophic meaning to “third dimension” in which the reality or significance is intensified by the added dimensions. The works of Asman, Medford and Siveriver are all contemplative, and the deeper one looks, the more there is to be seen and felt.
Our calendar is quickly filling up as our 2015 season promises to be a big success! We have already scheduled dates in June, July and Augest for The Ramble at Biltmore Forest and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove!
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Form has been an important element in Smith's process as a painter. Her masterly crafted two-dimensional works deconstruct popular images into disassociating yet thoughtful and unique pattens and colors. Her inspiration draws from her daily life, such as the beauty of her natural surroundings or a significant event. Her work stems from anything that impacts her thoughts, inspires a form, a shape, or an idea, which she then explores in a visual format. She plays imagery against media, mixing objective and subjective “pushes”, enjoying the interaction between the contrasting imagery and forms.
Big thanks to a United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County for helping us put on a super fun and educational event! Students from Enka Middle School, North Buncombe Middle School, and Valley Springs Middle School were welcomed for a personal tour of our gallery. Gallery Director Amy Medford and Gallery Assistant Jonathan Carlson were on hand to answer questions regarding our art and our artists and explore the importance of art and education in the lives of our young scholars.
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"Asheville artist Grant Penny has been a busy graphic designer for 18 years, creating websites and brand identities for medical manufacturing companies. That work is creative, he says, “but it didn’t quite scratch that itch, because it’s very client driven.”
For more personal expression, he turned to painting and printmaking. Then he had what he calls his “Eureka moment” about eight years ago.
He was making prints by cutting botanical images into blocks of wood or linoleum, inking them and printing on sheets of paper handmade in Nepal. Then he asked himself, “What if I cut the image out of the paper instead?”
A top sheet, with cutout lines of branches or leaves, became a reverse silhouette when layered against a contrasting bottom sheet.
“I’ve got something here I really like,” the artist said, “so I was hooked. I started doing these a lot, which really did scratch that itch.”
Repertoire of themes
Going beyond his early botanical images, Penny now has a repertoire of themes: telephone poles and wires, bicycles, fire escapes, paper airplanes. They speak to his eye for simple, bold shapes. The flat figures emerge from a slightly mottled monochrome plane to create a mysterious space of their own.
A recurring motif of a man with an umbrella — standing, striding, holding the umbrella aloft — may stand for the artist himself. He titles the series “Ongoing Inner Dialogue.”
A new selection of Penny’s works, which he calls paper collages, is on display at Artetude Gallery in downtown Asheville in a group show that opens with a free public reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday.
It’s part of the Downtown Asheville Gallery Association’s monthly Art Walk, which runs during the same hours and includes 23 galleries and shops. For a complete list of participants, visit downtownashevilleartdistrict.org.
Penny, 41, moved to Asheville in 2003 from Sanford, North Carolina, with his wife, now a fourth-grade teacher at North Buncombe Elementary. Their daughter was born in 2011.
His mother and stepfather were graphic artists, so “I grew up in their studios,” he said. After graphics training at a community college near Wilmington, he worked with them. His uncle, an advertising man in Boston, sent clients their way, and Penny still has many of the same ones.
The couple chose Asheville, he said, because, “It’s a small town with all this stuff we would want in a big city. The art community is strong. People here seem genuinely happy.”
Because he was somewhat isolated in his home studio in East Asheville (“It’s not like I was rubbing elbows with other artists in the River Arts District,” he said), he began contributing work to the annual art auction of OpenDoors of Asheville, a nonprofit focused on lifting children out of poverty.
“That’s where I got to meet a lot of artists,” he said.
Penny found collectors for his work when he began showing at the downtown Minerva Gallery, which closed in December.
One of those collectors is Nancy Chapman, the owner of Pendleton Interiors in Arden. The first time she saw his work, she said, “I was mesmerized. I loved the simplicity and the little bit of whimsy that was incorporated into every piece.”
In addition to steering her clients to Penny’s work, she commissioned him to do some pieces for herself.
“I asked him to do something he has never done again,” she said. “A lot of what I’ve done has been working with homeowners from dirt to move-in.” Penny made paper collages from blueprints of three of the homes.
“It’s very special to me,” she said. “I actually worked on those houses. Many people couldn’t look at that blueprint and see the house, but I can.”
Another collector of Penny’s work is Michelle LeBlanc, a physician at the Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center. Like Chapman, she said it is important that art in her home has personal meaning. “Buying from local artists,” she said, “and supporting the Asheville art community is a great way to do this.”
She bought three of Penny’s small botanical works first and then a large piece of a bike for her husband’s birthday.
“I love that he can take a simple object like a bike or a tree or a paper airplane and have it evoke in me a feeling of freedom and joy,” she said. “I would have bought more if I had any free walls!”
IF YOU GO
What: Asheville artist Grant Penny shows new works he calls paper collages in a group show with Suzy Schultz of Atlanta and Karen Titus Smith of Pemberton, New Jersey.
Where: Artetude Gallery, 89 Patton Ave., downtown Asheville.
When: A free public opening reception will be 5-8 p.m. April 3 during the First Friday Art Walk of the Downtown Asheville Gallery Association. The exhibit runs through May 31; the gallery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Written by Arnold Wengrow, Citizen-Times correspondent: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2015/04/02/asheville-collage-artist-grant-penny-brings-show-artetude/70719776/
Artetude invites you to come celebrate the end of a long, cold winter as the gallery's newest artists, Suzy Shultz and Grant Penny, share the showcase with gallery luminary Karen Titus Smith in an exhibition that is sure to please.
Artetude Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in downtown Asheville, invites art lovers to come celebrate the end of a long, cold winter as the gallery's newest artists, Suzy Shultz and Grant Penny, share the showcase with gallery luminary Karen Titus Smith in an exhibition that is sure to please. The show will open on April 3 and will continue through May 31, 2015. Refreshments will be served on April 3 from 5-8 PM as First Friday Art walks return to Artetude Gallery as part of the Downtown Asheville Gallery Association’s monthly gallery walk.
Atlanta-based Suzy Shultz is an award winning artist whose poignant etchings capture the scars born from the battles of life and the dignity that comes with survival. Schultz is a master of “solar plate etching”, an etching technique that is friendlier to the environment and relies on the sun to make her imprints. She then goes over the etching with pastel and charcoal. Her works appear in numerous magazines and books throughout the U.S.
Grant Penny builds on his training as a graphic designer as he uses handmade papers to create fine art collages that are sublimely sophisticated in their simplicity. He mounts them on cradled boards that pop out of the wall. Grant is a North Carolina native, who has lived in Asheville since 2003.
New Jersey-based artist Karen Titus Smith will be displaying paintings focused on themes from nature, some of which display stunning detail in their realism, and others in which the images have been broken down from their original forms and reconstructed in unique and visually captivating ways. She has won numerous awards, and her works are found in prestigious private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.
If you've been flying in or out of the Asheville Regional Airport, you may have noticed their current Art in the Airport gallery is now displaying nearly all of the local artists also being featured on our gallery walls! Next time you fly, take a peek at some of the masterful works on display from Asheville area artists Robert Winkler, Barbara Fisher, Robert Asman, Jo Ridge Kelley, Amy Medford and Leonid Siveriver.
It will be “A Season of Sculpture” at Artetude Gallery this month. Featured will be works by three internationally recognized sculptors.
Robert Winkler says of his sculptures, “My works begin as ideas based on form, volume, and balance. At each stage of development, the exploration of light and shadow and the push against the force of gravity describe the tension of the human experience, the conflict between the limitations imposed by our individual histories, and the ability of our minds to imagine other possibilities.”
Amy Medford’s sculptures bring out the natural qualities of the materials she uses, and communicate the subtleties of interpersonal relationships. She graduated with a degree in theatre history from Cornell University, and went on to earn an apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture in New Jersey. It was there she mastered the “lost wax” technique of bronze casting.
Leonid Siveriver’s creations evoke a powerful visual language that is inspired by ritual objects from ancient cultures. The iridescent sheen on his sculptures is the result of an unpredictable, and therefore exciting, process that is reminiscent of the original Japanese raku tradition.
"At Artetude Gallery on Patton Ave., artist Leonid Siveriver blends mediums with his piece, “Motion.” Siveriver displayed a variety of pieces Dec. 5 during the last First Friday Art Walk of the season. (The gallery crawl series resumes again in April.) He said the idea of “Motion” came from photography — it’s a bronze casting of a man’s head, but it’s got a blur to it. “I wanted to show the same range of motion you’d see when taking a photo of someone with a slow shutter speed. It’s blurry when there’s movement,” Siveriver said."
Did you know we have events every first Friday of the month? Join us every month on the first Friday for the downtown Asheville Art Walk! Every month from 5-8pm we debut our newest exhibition. There will be adult beverages for those of age, and snacks for all!
These events are a great way to get to know the Artetude family and see new art every month! Be sure to sign up for our mailing list while you are here as we have plenty of other events, too.
Don't miss our Second Anniversary Celebration this Friday, June 6th from 5-8pm.
We are celebrating this special time with the opening of our June exhibit "On the Verge." We are in the process of installing the exhibit this week and can't wait to reveal new work by photographer Robert Asman and sculptor Leonid Siveriver. Both artist's bring a unique, cutting edge to the gallery.
Friday June 6th (During the Downtown Asheville Art Walk!)
There will be a champagne toast and refreshments!
Don't miss it!
"New Beginnings" will be on view at Artetude Gallery until June 3, 2014. The artwork featured is emblematic of spring flowers and the beginning of new life. We are celebrating the warmer weather at Artetude, come experience this exhibit before summer is in full swing.
Artetude Gallery is excited to announce the addition of sculptor Robert Winkler during summer 2014. Robert has a great history of creating indoor and outdoor sculpture. His sculptures begin as ideas, based on form, volume and balance. We will be displaying his art in the gallery later this summer.
More about Robert Winkler and his sculptures can be read here.
Artetude Gallery is honored to add local Asheville artist Barbara Fisher to our group of unique and talented artists this month. Fisher has a great history of representation spanning four decades and both coasts. Fisher's work is included in many public collections such as the Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
On Friday March 21st, "18 Ways To See: Selected Bold Life Artists" opened at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, North Carolina. The exhibit features work by Artetude resident artist Robert Asman. The exhibit at Upstairs Artspace was curated by Bold Life founders and publishers Mary DiOrio and Rimas Zailskas. Zaliskas and DiOrio selected works by artists who had been previously featured in the pages of Bold Life Magazine. A review by Bold Life of the exhibition can be read here.
Asman was featured in the February 5, 2013 edition of Bold Life in the appropriately titled article "Excavations". Asman is known for his manipulated darkroom creations. His work can be seen at Artetude Gallery on regular rotation.
Don't miss the Downtown Asheville's First Art Walk of the year!
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Artetude Gallery is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia in which one of our nationally represented artists, Leonid Siveriver, will be exhibiting several of his distinctive and provocative sculptural works as part of a group exhibition entitled “Old Friends and New Faces”. The exhibition opens at Mason Murer with an artists’ reception on March 28 from 6-9pm and will run through 2 May 2014. Mason Murer is Atlanta’s largest fine art gallery whose American Institute of Architects award-winning 24,000 square-foot space is unique in its scope and its offerings by focusing on a continually evolving selection of high quality contemporary works by regional, national, and international artists. Siveriver’s exhibition catalogue, “The Spirits 2014 Exhibition”, is available in print or online. For more information, contact Mason Murer Fine Art (199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, Tel: 404-879-1500, www.masonmurer.info, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Artetude Gallery (89 Patton Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801, Tel: 828-252-1466, www.artetudegallery.com, email@example.com).
Artetude has just received the much anticipated works from our newest artist addition, Pat Zalisko. Her acrylic and mixed media abstracts will be hung in the gallery today! Stop by 89 Patton Avenue on this lovely day and view our newest installation.
In coordination with the addition of Zalisko to the gallery, we are excited to announce that she is mentioned in an article in The Citizen TImes this month. Read the full article here.
Artetude Gallery is excited to partner with Show Homes - Home Staging of Western North Carolina in providing art for the staging of a luxury condominium at 21 Battery Park in downtown Asheville. 21 Battery Park has been recognized as being the, “best luxury condo downtown Asheville has to offer”. Please refer to the Artetude Gallery Facebook page for additional images of this remarkable space and how well our artists work features in a fully curated home by Artetude director Cynthia Fountain.
We are excited to feature works in this stunning luxury condominium by Artetude artists, Robert Asman, Jeanne Bessette, Jo Ridge Kelley, Kenn Kotara, Alyson Markell, Amy Medford and Karen Titus-Smith.
We are delighted to announce that nationally recognized abstract artist Pat Zalisko will be joining Artetude Gallery in February.
One of her first creative experiences involved childhood memories of painting intricate Ukrainian eggs. Many years later, her powerful and evocative abstract work often echoes the bright coloration of pysanky. This distinctly feminist art form was developed thousands of years earlier and has ritualistically been taught to Ukrainian girls and women. Born and raised in New York City, she was encouraged to pursue a practical career as an attorney. She retired from a successful legal career and fully embraced her passion for painting in her new Florida environs. Over the past several years, her art has regularly appeared in major private and public collections in the United States and abroad. Most recently, she was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Florida Biennial at the Museum of Florida Art, and her piece, Sidestepper, was published by the New York Times in June 2009 and subsequently featured in the exhibition, Rise-Fall, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
When asked what inspires her creativity, Zalisko explained that, “My art comes from a place that’s visceral, a place of sensation and emotion without thinking or analysis.” Zalisko notes, “while assertively applying drawing and painting elements on supports, powerful memories and perceptions bubble up. Prompts, like music and reading, trigger recollections of poignant events. Responses are recorded and explored as I toggle back and forth between this cognitive state and my instincts and intuition.”
The resulting visual language is a metaphor for life’s transitions and experience. Her work will be on view in the gallery beginning February 1, 2014.
Jo Ridge Kelley, of Artetude Gallery has been honored with her work being featured on the label designs for North Carolina Wine Gifts of Asheville. Her labels use her recent paintings and will be served at Artetude Gallery during the First Friday ArtWalk, November 1st 2013.
The soft-edged, expressive paintings of Jo Ridge Kelley are as much about emotional connection as they are about visual expression. Since childhood, growing up on a dairy farm in rural North Carolina, Kelley has felt a deep-rooted bond with nature’s perennial beauty and power. Every stroke of her paintbrush or palette knife is flowing with this lifelong passion as evidenced by the bold and powerful color harmonies and soothing organic textures.
The paintings of Jo Ridge Kelley are seen in many private and corporate collections throughout the country and across the globe. Her work was featured in American Art Collector magazine, on the cover of “The Laurel of Asheville” magazine and numerous regional publications. Jo Ridge Kelley lives in Waynesville, NC with her husband, artist/ musician Ed Kelley.
We were honored last night by an extended visit to Artetude Gallery by Zenaida Romeu, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Cuban musician, cultural ambassador and conductor/founder of the first all-woman string orchestra in Latin America, Camerata Romeu. Ms. Romeu is in the United States giving a series of presentations and performances at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was accompanied on her 2.5 hr drive “into the Western North Carolina mountains” by her host Professor Linda Howe of the Department of Latin American Studies at Wake Forest.
Ms. Romeu is Orchestral Conductor, Choral Director, and Professor at the Superior Institute of Art in Havana and as granddaughter of legendary Cuban musician Antonio María Romeu, she represents the third generation of a family of notable Cuban musicians. She is the founder of the chamber choir Cohesión (1982), choir Estudio Lírico (1989), and Camerata Romeu (1993). She has conducted and performed with international figures such as French composer and pianist Michel Legrand, Brazilian composer, guitarist, and pianist Egberto Gismonti, and Mexican flautist and recorder player Horacio Franco. Romeu and the Camerata have been nominated for Latin Grammys and have won various Cuba Disco awards, the Marsella Medal, the Philadelphia Bell, Illustrious Guest of the City of Los Angeles, the Giraldilla Award, and the Order of Cuba.
Please click here for an extraordinary recent performance of Ms. Romeru conducting the Camerata Romeu at the 2011 Festival Cervantino in Mexico which is the most important international artistic and cultural event in Latin America. The violinist shown in the above photo is from the video for that performance.
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