We recently stopped by to catch up with Robert Nicholas, Asheville’s King of Upcycling. We always enjoy a stroll through his shop. Robert has a distinctive eye for picking vintage objects and crafting light fixtures that defy conventional scale and textures. The same keen eye curates the shops collection of curiosities that creates a sense of discovery and fun for guests. No doubt — he is the master of his domain! So, stop by 37 Paynes Way soon and enjoy the adventure. Cheers!
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Following a tour of Bert King’s mid-century addition at Asheville High School I stopped in to visit Robert at Splurge. It was a long, cold winter and the rumor was he had just what I needed — a big O — in neon. As if one wasn’t enough he has a dozen more set to hit the gallery tomorrow. Better get in line! Robert is Asheville’s King of Upcylcing and he is the guy many folks look to for artful additions and rustic theatrics to their interiors. He is consulting and adding his vision to several downtown restaurants today.
Wanting more? Click here or stop by his gallery behind the Wedge studios in the River Arts District. Tell him Troy sent you!
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
I had a friendly visit with artist, Karen Weihs, at her new studio in Biltmore Village that she shares with artist, Gayle Paul. Over coffee we discussed Karen’s love for Abstract Impressionism. She says, “I just follow the paint where it takes me.
One of Karen’s life experiences that solidified her direction as an artist was painting along side Charleston artist, Frank Licciardi, for several years. Licciardi had a successful art career in Charleston with art shows, television shows and gallery sales. He was acknowledged in Charleston as a gifted artist by artists, collectors, and galleries alike. Frank and Karen became close friends. She painted alongside him in his Charleston studio up until his death in late 1991.
Since then Karen has established her own successful art career with gallery shows in Charleston, Atlanta and Asheville at the contemporary Haen Gallery. Even with success Karen continues to challenge herself as an abstract artist. She explores subjects from the real world such as landscapes or figures, breaking them down into shapes and color. Karen believes one needs to know how to paint form first before exploring abstraction successfully. That is part of what she teaches in the art classes she offers for clients and another way in which Karen challenges herself to learn, by teaching.
Karen’s teaching has further inspired her to create a book called Out of Your Mind. You can understand the richness of Karen’s paintings by understanding the richness of her thought in this book. She says,” This book was born out of sharing. Through teaching and being taught, I have learned that people who develop their creativity are more confident and courageous in life.” Karen breaks down a simple way of understanding oil painting, but incorporates life lessons to help you work past your own hurdles to exploring creativity. Karen generously acknowledges the role many people have played in her life and success as an artist. Out of Your Mind is Karen’s way of helping others and bringing her creative exploration full circle.
I encourage you to visit with Karen in her studio across from the new shopping center in Biltmore Village. (text by Troy Winterrowd)