Category Archives: Fine Art

Contrast | Black and White

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Prior to some meetings downtown I popped into the Blue Spiral. One of the current shows features a variety of their artists using works in Black and White only. Included were a couple of our team favorites such as artists Hoss Haley and George Peterson. Take a moment and stop in the next time you are near Biltmore Ave. Cheers!Blue Spiral 01

Artist George Peterson | Calling All Skaters

thOur buddy George is need of used skateboards for an art project he is working on. All need to be in one piece, but can have some cracks. He will pay for them including shipping. He is looking for almost 100 of them. Help him out! George can reach him at the Circle Factory. Cheers! Troy

the First Cut | Artist Paul Farmer

IMG_0077Along with Jim Bixby, of 828 Design, I was able to take a beautiful drive down to the Bascom Center for the Arts in the Highlands yesterday to attend the opening reception of artist Paul Farmer’s new work. Paul was the Winter Artist in Resident at the center. His work for this show was an experimentation of paint as a sculptural medium. Paul CompInitially, he would compose layers of paint on glass. Once the paint dries he cuts the paint from the glass and then reassembles it on to wood panels creating something new with sculptural dimension. Sometimes the compositions are purely play and other times he captures social statements in abstract form. The show runs on the lower level of the Bascom until March 7th. Enjoy!IMG_0067

Blue Spiral 1 | Hoss Haley

Blue SpiralI stopped and talked with gallery director Brandon at the Blue Spiral 1 today to see how the new show was going. I loved seeing Hoss Haley’s latest work as always. Here it is juxtaposed over a Michael Barringer painting. Stop by this weekend and check out the show. Cheers! Troy

NEW to the Third

Blue Spiral 1 Gallery opened their new show last night and I was able to stop by for a quick look. January means debuting new artists plus new works by some of the galleries featured artists. I was able to visit with a few including our local Mitchell Lonas featured in the window below. As usual, it was a well curated mix of regional works. IMG_3016

Admittedly, my eye was caught by the paintings by one of the new artists, Isaac Payne. His large-scale, architectural, mixed-media paintings with figures strategically shifted and drew me in to their urban story.IMG_3011

I plan on taking a longer stroll through the gallery this weekend to get more familiar with some of the works. If you stop by don’t miss the back gallery where Shana Greger is showing her rich and illustrative paintings on Tara. For more information regarding this show and the galleries artists click here.



Bending Form and Color

Bettis MainI just happened to be vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, DE this week and was aware that three of my favorite Modern Asheville artists were doing a group exhibition nearby. Mark Bettis, Vickey Pinney and Karen Weihs are the Asheville artists that make up the “Bending Form and Color” exhibition at the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes, DE. I stopped by for a look. Here are a couple images from there.

Pen Gallery CompIf you are in the area you should stop by. Despite the Asheville-like rain today, it is absolutely the perfect time of year for a visit to this area. To view or purchase art from this exhibition click here.

Gallery 17: A Grand Opening

I had to take a moment to applaud some of my artist friends who were part of a new gallery opening just across the border in Greenville, SC last night. Where have I been? Cheers to Alicia Chatham, Barbara Fisher and Stephen Lange! Sorry I missed your opening, but all my best in spreading your wings. I’ll visit soon.

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For more on the new Gallery 17 click here.

The Space Between

What is not there becomes, in its absence, as important to the meaning of the piece as what remains.

A new exhibit opens at Artery, the Asheville Area Arts Council gallery on Depot street in the River Arts District. I attended the opening last night and was struck by the balanced relationship between the four artists. Combined, Akira Satake (clay), Barbara Zaretsky (textiles), Brian Boggs (wood) and Barbara Fisher (paintings) represent a modern aesthetic that is uniquely Asheville. Given the clean lines crafted from earthy materials, throw in some soft geometry and symbology I could imagine seeing this timeless collection in a Manhattan apartment or stumbling upon it in a remote mud dwelling. Ever so quietly, it spans time and place.

All four artists keep studios in various locations near the river. If you haven’t done so already, take some time to visit this area and tour all the new things happening there. There is creative food in two new restaurants as well as several new galleries. Conveniently, next weekend is the Studio Stroll so there are no more excuses for finding yourself in the space between downtown and the French Broad, known affectionately as The River Arts District.

Text and photos by Troy Winterrowd

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Charlton Bradsher Art + Design


pool1A friend told me in order to have a successful career in Asheville you needed to approach it in three directions.  Charlton Bradsher is going all out in creating his modern lifestyle by reselling folk art antiques from WNC, selling fine art and designing modernist interiors and architecture.

Charlton, along with his wife, moved to Asheville in 1993 from Southern California.  One of his first ventures was starting the Folk Art gallery on Biltmore Ave. at a time when downtown was half empty.  He ran the gallery for several years before taking his retail on the road by selling folk art at shows on the east coast.  As the economy weakened he found himself venturing out less and using his home as a base for business.  Fortunately, his redesigned mid-century home was a perfect background for showcasing all businesses he was involved with.  That’s when he created Charlton Brasher Art + Design.

 art-wallCharlton describes his business as this, “Whether it is providing a client with singular artwork, or providing them with space that is functional and exciting, Charlton Bradsher Art + Design is in the business of creating visual impact. Over the past 12 years, we have come to offer a fusion of services related to the worlds of art and design.”

 The showcase for both businesses of showing and selling art and design work is his modern home.   The house was built in 1956 for the Lapinski family.  It is now a 3200sq.ft. home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  Building from the bones of the original, designer Charlton Bradsher has taken their home and opened it up to become a rich expression of clean modern living.


The kitchen was placed where the old garage was and a new garage addition was added.  Charlton created a thoughtful break between the masses of the old and new with a reflecting pool. (See top photo)  denOn the inside a wall was torn out from the first bedroom to create a relaxing media room.  After opening up the living space a Brazilian cherry wood floor was installed to tie together the relaxing spaces.  The hallway was dressed with maple planks to add rhythm and texture.


I asked Charlton what he liked about ranch houses.  He stated,” They represent simple and easy living all on one level.  They are also set up for easy conversions.  It is the new historic home.”  I promise I did not prompt him to say this, as you already know I am a big fan of the ranch home.  Overall I was impressed with Charlton’s attention to detail.  He artfully brought in a mix of colors, textures and line that created interest and definition, but understood when to pull back and not interfere with the space of living.  He is thoughtful in his choices.  To find out more about Charlton Bradsher Art+Design click on the links on the right of this screen.   (text by Troy Winterrowd)