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COTTON MILL Soiree | September 18th

Image 1In support of our modern artist friends at the Cotton Mill, Kelly and I are highlighting this fun event. So, save this date and come join the fun. Kelly, Chett and myself will all be there. Cheers! Troy

Artist Mark Bettis | WNCAP’s 2014 Signature Awardee

Venerated artist Mark Bettis favored by WNCAP this year receiving top honors for the October art auction. The industrious painter has been a longtime supporter of WNCAP throughout his years here in Asheville.Bettis Comp

Mark is a mixed media artist blending oil paints with either hot or cold wax depending on the piece and desired depth. He begins with a graphic notion of what he wants to create before starting, but allows the organic process to takeover. Sometimes the results are unexpected and better than his original vision.

RADIANCE

RADIANCE

Driven to be uplifting, the honored piece for WNCAP, “Radiance”, evolved to illuminate the feelings of tranquility and calm through design and color.

Mark has been in the River Arts District for two years now. His studio is located in the Wedge Studios overlooking the train tracks and the circus we affectionately call the Wedge Brewery. Before venturing to Asheville five years ago he was a Creative Director at an Advertising Agency in Chicago. Prior to that — a graduate at Ringling College. Like many of us, it is Asheville where Mark ultimately came to plant his artistic roots.

IMG_2937Beyond his own work he wants people to know that the Wedge Studios is home to many working studios and it was a great place to engage artists pursuing their craft in real-time. Along with his studio Mark has art at Gallery Minerva. To see more of Mark’s work click here.

 

Mark Bettis | Art Opening

Local Artist Mark Bettis and 5 Walnut Wine Bar hosts exhibit “TEXTURE AND COLOR” June 5-30th at 5 Walnut Wine BarApril Showers_MarkBettis

Opening Reception June 5th, 5-8pm; Partial proceeds to benefit TAPAS program in Asheville Schools and is open to the public.

Mark’s paintings are a synthesis of color, line, texture and form. He applies multiple layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax medium, then cut, scratch and smooth with great energy to let the painting evolve into an abstract interpretation of these elements. He paints in his open studio/gallery on the second floor of the Wedge Studios in the River Arts District.mark Bettis

Part of the proceeds from sales during the exhibit will benefit TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools), a collaboration between the Asheville City Schools Foundation, LEAF in Streets and Schools, and The University of North Carolina, Asheville’s Craft Studies program. TAPAS connects students with practicing local poets, dancers, potters, and visual artists to be inspired, and touched by opportunities to learn about and create art.

And don’t forget to wish him a Happy Birthday. Cheers! Troy

Modern Detour: Sarasota

Troy Visit Dec 2013 008Before Kelly and I embark on our new real estate venture this new year, I took a few days to enjoy family for the holidays and do some long needed touring. Yesterday, I drove through Sarasota to get a sense of some of the modernism that exists there. It has been on my list for some time. Asheville artist Mark Bettis lived there previously and owned the “Round House” which I’m pictured standing in front of. It was originally built be Jack West. Following that I took a walking tour of Lido Shores. It is a pocket neighborhood with a history of modernism from early mid-century through today. Pictured are my four favorite homes from that area. I hope to soon return to Sarasota and meet some of the people involved in modern architecture there.

Sarasota CompEveryone enjoy your New Year Holiday and we are looking forward to sharing more with you in 2014. Thanks! Troy

Working Studio Artist: Mark Bettis

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Yesterday, I stopped in to pay a visit to artist and pal Mark Bettis before venturing off to do some business planning at Ben’s Tune Up. {Seriously} Mark’s studio is located in the Wedge Studios overlooking the train tracks and the circus we affectionately call the Wedge Brewery. IMG_2940Mark has been in the River Arts District for two years now. Before venturing to Asheville five years ago he was a Creative Director at an Advertising Agency in Chicago. Prior to that — a graduate at Ringling College. Like many of us, it is Asheville where Mark ultimately came to plant his artistic roots.

Mark is a mixed media artist blending oil paints with either hot or cold wax depending on the piece and desired depth. He begins with a graphic notion of what he wants to create before starting, but allows the organic process to take over. Sometimes the results are unexpected and better than his original vision. Mark is currently working on a series of four abstract paintings representing the elements – Earth, Fire, Wind and AirIMG_2937

When I asked Mark what he wanted people to know about his art he stated, “It is for sale.” {insert manly giggles} Beyond his own work he wanted people to know that the Wedge Studios is home to many working studios and it was a great place to engage artists pursuing their craft in real time. Along with his studio, Mark has art at several galleries including Gallery Asheville in downtown and John Collette Fine Art in Cashiers. To see more of Mark’s work click here.

Cheers!

Troy

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.