There 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Beyond 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.
Local Artist Mark Bettis and 5 Walnut Wine Bar hosts exhibit “TEXTURE AND COLOR” June 5-30th at 5 Walnut Wine Bar
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.
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
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.
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.
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.