Category: Artists

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Work of the Week — “Blue Ridge Mountains” by Bernice Osborne

by Haley Clement When I first arrived here from the flat typography of Florida, I was in awe with the mountains. Even after stepping foot outside following a few hours indoors, I would find the mountains as striking as ever. I know I am going to miss driving down I-240 at golden hour and seeing… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 24, 2017

Work of the Week — “Single Weave Rivercane Basket with Bloodroot and Walnut dyes” by Emma Garrett

by Haley Clement In honor of our new exhibition Home Land, this week’s featured piece is Emma Garrett’s Single Weave Rivercane Basket with Bloodroot and Walnut dyes, currently on view at our temporary location (175 Biltmore Avenue). The artist is a Cherokee basket weaver who lives in the Snowbird community and often works with rivercane… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 17, 2017

Work of the Week — “The Corruption of Ecstasy” by Robert Yarber

by Haley Clement This week’s featured piece is Robert Yarber’s 1989 color lithograph The Corruption of Ecstasy. What struck me most about this work was all of the chaos – both in color and in content. The bloody red of the sky and water combined with the glowing blue of the figures add turmoil to… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 10, 2017

Work of the Week — “Cafeteria Still Life” by Fred Becker

by Haley Clement Upon a glimpse, Fred Becker’s Cafeteria Still Life, complete with an arrangement of glassware on a pedestal, almost seems like a standard still life. When you look closer, however, you begin to notice little oddities, such as figures and mushrooms jammed inside of vessels. This sense of strange is continued by the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Work of the Week — “Triangled Celebration” by Dorothy Gillespie

By Haley Clement Why not celebrate the declaration of America’s independence by examining a piece of art with the word “celebration” in its name? Dorothy Gillespie’s Triangled Celebration is equally as energetic as downtown Asheville will be this Tuesday night. With ribbons of color exploding in every which way just like the night’s fireworks, the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, June 26, 2017

Work of the Week– “Merry Christmas All” by Henry Hammond Ahl

By Haley Clement Check your calendars, friends: Summer has officially started, which means we have begun the six-month countdown to the holidays. To celebrate, let us take a look at Henry Hammond Ahl’s Merry Christmas All. Even if you do not celebrate Christmas or care much for it, I think everyone can agree that this… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, June 19, 2017

Work of the Week– “Black Bear” by Minnie Adkins

By Haley Clement Being new to the area and its surreal landscape, I have developed an interest in the critters, both big and small, that inhabit it. Bears, which do not roam around in the yards of Tampa Bay residents, have become increasingly alluring since my move to Asheville. With this, I naturally was drawn… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, June 12, 2017

Work of the Week– “Formulation: Articulation Folio I, Folder 4” by Josef Albers

By Haley Clement Upon a shallow and, perhaps, artificial glance at Josef Albers’ 1972 serigraph Formulation: Articulation Folio I, Folder 4, one sees two multi-layer squares of color – one reminiscent of a cold, eerie room enveloping the viewer in its darkness and one of its burning, white-hot counterpart. Upon closer inspection, however, one can… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, April 24, 2017

Work of the Week– “Ingres Safari Lady and the Pedestaled Wolf Hound – Crufts” by S. Tucker Cooke

By Matt Gorga Admittedly, I am a dog lover. I was drawn to this piece by how beautifully and realistically the “wolf hound” is depicted with its wispy hair and the oh-so-common “dog smile,” as I have come to call it. Looking into the piece further, I was intrigued by how the depiction of the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 27, 2017

Work of the Week– “Trout Vase” by Ken Carder

By Matt Gorga It’s late March in Western North Carolina. For me, that means its time to dust off that fly rod, put on those waders and take advantage of the many rivers and streams that this area has to offer. Browsing the Museum’s Permanent Collection, I came upon this vase by Ken Carder. I … Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 13, 2017

Work of the Week– “Pulsation” by Roy Ahlgren

By Matt Gorga There is just something so aesthetically pleasing about this serigraph (i.e., screen print) by Roy Ahlgren. The perfectly spaced shades of color as they go from bright to dark, along with  rounded electrocardiogram-like image. I feel like if there was an EKG machine in Alice in Wonderland or Willy Wonka and the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 6, 2017

Work of the Week — “St. Augustine Beach” by Henry Curtis Ahl

By Matt Gorga It’s March. For students like myself, this means one thing: spring break. Warmer weather is on the horizon (not that we have had much of a winter this year…). This painting by Henry Curtis Ahl made me all the more eager to pack up the Subaru and my dogs (yes… so stereotypically… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 27, 2017

Work of the Week — “The Second Angel and the Burning Mountain” by McKendree Robbins Long

By Matt Gorga I leaned back in my porch chair on an unusually warm, yet beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, swaying to the gentle beat of “Fire on the Mountain” by The Grateful Dead off of their album Shakedown Street. I happened to be browsing the Museum’s Permanent Collection when I came upon this piece by… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 20, 2017

Work of the Week — “Chieftan’s Crest II” by Dorothy Gillespie

by Matt Gorga Dorothy Gillespie’s Chieftan’s Crest II is hard to miss. The vibrantly colored twists of metal resemble something you may see flowing blissfully with the current in an exotic coral reef. Her choice t0 use a medium like metal to create something that appears so colorful, light and delicate is a true testament… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 13, 2017

Work of the Week — “Joe’s Motorcycles, Asheville, NC” by J. Weiland

by Matt Gorga J. Weiland’s Joe’s Motorcycles, Asheville, NC takes me back to every dingy, grease-coated garage I have ever sought out, often in search of the metaphorical “Joe” who can fix just about anything at half the standard price. The greasy tools illuminated by the fluorescent tube lamps appear cluttered and dirty, yet organized.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 6, 2017

Work of the Week – “Caja #1” by Ralph Nelson

by Matt Gorga One glance at Ralph Nelson’s Caja #1 takes you beyond the confines of reality into an expressive and philosophically charged dream-state, pushing the boundaries of artistic limits in a way that inspires thought and reflection. Perhaps the painting’s box-shaped figures inspired the title, which translates from Spanish to “box.” Given Nelson’s surrealist… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, August 15, 2016

Work of the Week — Ronald Robertson

by Jason T. Perry Ronald Robertson created his painting Studies Building at Black Mountain College in 1951, and it fits perfectly into the Museum’s new exhibit Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College. This piece is special because it’s not just a geometrical landscape by a Black Mountain College artist; it is a… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, August 1, 2016

Work of the Week – “Christine: Figure and Light Study” by Stephen Dell

by Jason T. Perry Elegance is what I saw the first time I viewed Stephen Dell’s photograph Christine: Figure and Light Study. I hold my breath every time I study it because, although I know the image is forever frozen in time, I am still afraid it will go away. Dell photographed this image in… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, July 29, 2016

Black Mountain College Artist – John Urbain

by Parker Louise Bobbitt The Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College exhibition opens August 6 at the Asheville Art Museum and we’re taking the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the geometric landscapes in the Museum’s Collection. Today, we’re focusing on John Urbain’s monochromatic etching titled Houses, which will… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Work of the Week – “Writing on the Pharaoh’s Wall” by Gabriel Shaffer

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is The Writing on the Pharaoh’s Wall by folk artist Gabriel Shaffer. In the past, few accepted graffiti as an equal to more traditional art forms. While still controversial, it has finally found its rightful place as a generally accepted medium in the art world.… Click to read the rest of the blog post