Tag Archives: art

How does an artist afford Asheville?

By the Citizen Times | Here is a nice article featuring some of our friends regarding artists making a living here in Asheville. Go here to read. Enjoy!

FOR SALE | North Asheville Artistic Mid-Century Ranch

5-valle-vista-dr-asheville-nc-mls_size-008-26-living-room-1024x768-72dpi3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 2394 SQFT | Versatile Finished Basement

Take a moment and check out this cool home. The artistic, split-entry, ranch home is located in a popular Beaver Lake mid-century neighborhood of North Asheville. The home’s rich wood floors and fresh paintvalle-vista-compset the stage for this fun 1959 retro home with well-preserved original kitchen and baths. The versatile, finished walk-out basement could be a studio, family room or made into an apartment with outside entrance. On the exterior the home has lush, artistic gardens full of interesting plantings and garden art that transition throughout the seasons.

Want to see more? Enjoy the tour here. Give Kelly and Troy a call if you have any questions. Cheers!

Modern Monday

barbaraCatching Up with Artist Barbara Fisher | I stopped by for my yearly trek to Barbara’s studio over the weekend. Barbara was the first artist I wrote about eight years ago today so it has become a little tradition for us. img_7516

Barbara has always been both super prolific and evolutionary in her work. One can look around her studio and see her journey as an artist. Currently she has been led to work with mixing acrylic and ink on canvas in a series she calls img_7513“Tangled Mapping.” The works appear as aerial views of chaotic cities, intricate weavings, interstices, energy blips or the fabric of the “ether” around us. She relates them to slices of our thoughts at any moment in time or the invisible chemical trails of the energy between us these days. tangle-36x361

Barbara has recently been working on collaborations with German photographer Norbert Guthier. As Guthier travels he selects artists in various cities to work with him on art. Below is one of their most recent collaborations called “The Sky is Crying.”unnamed-2

Barbara’s work can be found in various cities across the country and you can find Barbara most days in her studio at 170 Lyman St in the River Arts District. Or peruse her website here and check out some of my past posts on Barbara here. Enjoy our Monday. Cheers!

Happy Blog-O-Birthday!

Today, this groovy lil’ blog turns 8 years old…and still going. Cheers!screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-6-56-51-am

The Art of Design on Netflix

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-5-07-23-pmSweet! Netflix is primed to launch a new original documentary series next month fit for all architecture and design enthusiasts. “Abstract: The Art of Design” will premiere on Feb. 10 and spotlight how design influences everyday life. The show, produced by Editor-in-Chief of WIRED Scott Dadich, follows the creative genius of eight innovators in design-related fields. One of those innovators is none other than Danish architect and founder of BIG, Bjarke Ingels.

Opening Tonight at the CCCD

screen-shot-2017-01-20-at-5-30-04-amCCCD Curatorial Fellows exhibition series kicks off with The Good Making of Good Things opening tonight at 630pm. The Good Making of Good Things investigates Craft Horizons, a watershed publication, which ran from 1941-1979, and explores how the magazine documented and shaped the concept of craft as a movement, career, way of life, and cultural phenomenon.

Modern Monday | Artist Brief

linda-01Linda McCane Gritta | Last week I was able to pause and visit with artist, and Modern Asheville friend, Linda McCane Gritta at her painting studio along the river in Woodfin. It didn’t surprise me to find her along the river as her work is naturally watery and an element she is at home around. Though a Chicago native Linda and her work have that Northern California vibe {I call it Urban Zen} of grounded coolness mixed with the water and shimmering light of the bay area using those complimentary Diebenkorn-ish warms and cools I love.linda-02

Linda graduated from the New York Studio School in 2001 followed by a BFA from Converse College in 2004 and has been producing full steam ever since. Though Linda enjoys her figural work, expressing the figure in relaxed, natural contexts, she loves the gut level adventure of abstraction. The process uses that push-pull of both intuition and intellect, chaos and balance, control and surrender that we see all around us in nature. She likens the “letting go” process to jumping off a skyscraper and having to fashion your own net on the way down being left with moments of inherent experience and instinct as resources.img_6014

Linda currently exhibits her work in both North and South Carolina and New York City. Her work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. Also, she is represented by Serena & Lily of Sausalito and Libby Silvia ArtStyle in Boston. She recently contributed one of her abstract paintings for the Raise Your Hand WNCap Auction last month. To see more of her colorful work visit her website here. Enjoy!linda-04

Warehouse Studios | Open House Tonight

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-5-55-48-amStop by and see our friend, artist Barbara Fisher, at the Warehouse Studios Open House tonight from 4 to 7pm. And don’t forget the Studio Stroll this weekend. Cheers!

MILAGRO | Daniel Nevins Art Opening

14591838_10209133278186231_6735387753738974121_nHi Folks! Our friend, artist Daniel Nevins, will be having a show opening this Friday at the Satelite Gallery at 55 Broadway St downtown. His show is titled MILAGRO and we are excited to see his new works. Door opens at 6pm and we hope to see you there. Cheers!

Friday Art Openings X2

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-00-05-amThere are minimally two art openings this Friday that look interesting involving Modern Asheville friends. Open To Interpretation at London District Studios will be showcasing the work of William Dill from 5 to 10pm. Go here for further details. screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-06-15-am

Then Riverside Drive Lofts is hosting their Fall Open House from 6 to 9pm. Go here for their details. It should be a fun night so hope to see you out there. Cheers!

Sunday Morning Modern

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-4-15-23-amModern American Poetry | Good Morning Folks. I’m choosing to take you on a subjective diversion this morning into the world of modern-day poetry and animation which are two art forms I’ve never highlighted before. But as I sit awake {as often I do at this hour} listening to the winds of both extreme weather and screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-4-08-20-ampolitical candidates it is a moment that requires extreme diversions as a counterpoint or, perhaps, simply getting lost in the “everyday” as poet Billy Collins offers in this 2012 TedX talk. During unsettling times I find that art in many forms can ground us in our in the beauty of humanity. Please enjoy this humorous and entertaining TED TALK here.

And if you are still hoping for an escape into the world of modern design get out to the Asheville Builder’s Parade of Homes today from 1 to 5pm. Again, we will be at 111 Carter Cove {shown below} with Red Tree Builders. To get there you will take a shuttle from the church on Beaverdam Rd where it meets Carter Cove. Cheers!111-careter-cove

Breaking Out of the Box

boxArticle from UNC Asheville Magazine | “UNC Asheville, like the city in its name, is known for doing things a little outside the box. Call it an innovation center, a design lab, a fabrication facility or a makerspace, the university will soon have two new spaces to call home and to create new things. These makers resource centers will take students off campus and into their creative careers, and as far as coming out of the box, they may well blow the box away.” ramp2

Read the rest of this interesting article by Melissa Stanz. We at Modern Asheville are excited by these positive developments within our creative community and cheers to Brent Skidmore for stewarding this vision!