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Monday, March 3, 2014

Work of the Week – March 3, 2014

by Adrian Etheridge William Bernstein (1945-Present) has been at the forefront of glass work in North Carolina with his wife for the past 30 years. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Bernstein attended the Philadelphia College of Art where he met his wife, a fellow glass artist. Following their marriage in 1968, the two… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Exhibition Artwork Spotlight – Social Geographies

by Adrian Etheridge Thornton Dial (1928-Present) did not officially become an artist until later in his life, in the late 1980’s, but from an early age he learned to be adept with his hands. Born one of 12 children in a small town in Alabama, Dial spent most of his life working in Bessemer, AL… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 10, 2014

A TOAST to Asheville’s Finest

On February 6, the Asheville Art Museum opened its halls to a variety of beer, wine and spirits vendors, many from the Western North Carolina region, and guests mingled with each vendor, excited to sample their beverages. The occasion was the Museum’s annual TOAST Asheville, where 17 beverage distributors — including Highland Brewing Co., Covington… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 3, 2014

Work of the Week – February 3, 2014

by Adrian Etheridge In art education and art history education, typically a lecturer introduces a piece by giving a biographical sketch of the artist’s life. This is customary practice for a reason: Information about an artist’s influences and experiences can greatly enhance the viewer’s understanding of a work of art. For instance, drawing from my… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, January 27, 2014

Work of the Week – January 27, 2014

by Adrian Etheridge Henry Hammond Ahl (1869-1953) spent the majority of his life as an artist. Demonstrating a strong interest in art at the age of 6, he showed great promise as an oil painter as early as 17 years old. He developed his style at the Royal Academy of Munich – one of the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, January 20, 2014

Work of the Week – January 20, 2014

by Adrian Etheridge George C. Aid (1872-1938) probably could not have guessed how his art work would change when he first began his career as an artist. The artist was born in Quincy, Ill., but his family moved to St. Louis in 1880 where Aid attended the School of Fine Arts. Aid began his career… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An Evening with Poet and Painter Basil King

by Adrian Etheridge “I have a feeling you’re going to be one of those crazy guys that if you don’t paint, you’ll go crazy.” This is what one of poet and painter Basil King’s friends told him early in his career. And, as King writes and paints every single day, his friend is probably right.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, January 13, 2014

Work of the Week – January 13, 2014

by Adrian Etheridge Welcome to 2014! At this time a few weeks into the new year, many people are embarking upon new resolutions, questioning what they have been doing with their lives as they think of the transience of human existence. So, for my first post in the new year, I thought I would feature… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, December 23, 2013

Work of the Week – December 23, 2013

by Adrian Etheridge Sigmund Abeles (1934-Present) is one of America’s most distinguished figural artists, as well as a lifelong academic. Though born in Brooklyn, New York, Abeles grew up in South Carolina, where he spent much of his youth sketching the sculptures in the neighboring Brookgreen Gardens, no doubt where his aptitude for drawing the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, December 16, 2013

Work of the Week – December 16, 2013

  by Adrian Etheridge Contemporary glass artist Gary Beecham (1955-Present) entered the University of Wisconsin at Madison intending to study geology. But the young student – now an internationally-appreciated artist – soon found his way to the glass shop where his willingness to help around the shop garnered approval from older students working there. He… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, December 9, 2013

Work of the Week – December 9, 2013

by Adrian Etheridge Rob Amberg (1947-Present) is a documentary photographer and writer famous for his depiction of the rural South. In particular, he focuses on how technological and economic progress are erasing backwoods cultures as they cling to survival. Born in Washington, D.C. and educated in Catholic schools, Amberg graduated from the University of Dayton… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Crowds Shop Local at The Big Crafty 2013

by Adrian Etheridge As this holiday season approaches, shopping for gifts is at the forefront of many people’s minds. You could, of course, run to the nearest large department store and buy a generic, expensive gift. Or, you could support small, local businesses by buying more personal and handmade presents. Asheville is chock full of… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, December 2, 2013

Work of the Week – December 2, 2013

by Adrian Etheridge George Inness (1825-1894) was an American painter known for his idyllic landscapes. The fifth of 13 children, Inness was born in New York but spent much of his youth in New Jersey after his family moved to Jersey City. At the age of 14, Inness spent several months studying under the traveling… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, November 18, 2013

Work of the Week – November 18, 2013

by Adrian Etheridge John French Sloan (1871-1951), a leading promoter of the “social realist” movement, was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. An etcher and painter, Sloan’s earliest surviving works were created when he was 16-years-old. He had left school in his hometown of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to support his family… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, November 11, 2013

Work of the Week – November 11, 2013

by Adrian Etheridge Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a pioneer of twentieth century modernism as a color theorist, artist, and teacher. Born in Bottrop, Germany, Albers began his career as an elementary art teacher before entering the Bauhaus in 1920. During his time at the Bauhaus – literally “house of construction,” a famous craft and fine… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Urban Loft + Art Tour

By Adrian Etheridge On October 10, the Asheville Art Museum conducted its annual Urban Loft + Art tour inviting participants to view a few of downtown’s most stunning lofts and art collections. Each year the museum partners with loft owners within the community to show spaces that most Ashevillians don’t even know exist. On this… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, September 27, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes of Rebels With a Cause

Although I’ve been to a number of museums and even had my own photography work exhibited, I have always been curious about the behind-the-scenes process curating a gallery show. Last week, I documented the installation of Rebels With a Cause and learned just how meticulous the process is. Recently, the Asheville Art Museum rented the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mandala Today – An Insight into the Mind Through Art

Each day we have an overwhelming 4 million bytes of information floating in our brains. We can only process about .05% of that (2,000 bytes) in general. But, according to workshop instructor Theo Windish, an artist and art therapist candidate at Georgia College & State University, through the creative process of mandala drawing we can… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Highlighted Works from Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection

Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, a traveling exhibition curated and organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art, opened at the Asheville Art Museum earlier this summer. This exhibition features a wide selection of art works from a historic gift pledged to The Whitney in 2010 by longtime trustee Emily Fisher Landau. This exhibition… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, June 14, 2013

WORK OF THE WEEK

Exploring the Permanent Collection with a Work of the Week June 14, 2013   Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1961. Lithograph, 18.75 x 14.88 inches. Gift of Leo Monahan. Black Mountain College Collection of the Asheville Art Museum. 2009.05.01.61.   Emerson Woelffer (1914-2003) was a prominent Abstract Expressionist painter and artist from Chicago. He is best known… Click to read the rest of the blog post