Category: Spotlight

Monday, April 16, 2018

Work of the Week — “Possum and Babies” by Minnie Adkins

by Sadie Allen Often on my nighttime drives I am confronted by a scampering beast known to many as the Opossum. Some view them merely as trash thieves or even giant, ugly rats. However, some, including Minnie Adkins, see the intrinsic beauty in their being, as shown in her wooden carving Possum and Babies. This… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, April 9, 2018

Work of the Week — “Pont d’Asniero” by Annie Cardin

by Sadie Allen I’ve always dreamed of visiting France, particularly for its rich history and even better food. Annie Cardin’s piece Pont d’Asniero illustrates the impeccable nature of the country perfectly. The simplistically beautiful illustration on the clean background is made even more stunning by the green and orange hues used in the piece. This… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 26, 2018

Work of the Week — “Southern Baptist” by Shelby Lee Adams

by Sadie Allen My roots in the South run deep. Both of my parents spent their youth in rural South Carolina, venturing up into the Appalachian mountains as an escape from the drudgery of school, work, or whatever else ailed them. Back then, entertainment wasn’t found in cellphones or Netflix. It lay just north of… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Work of the Week — “Faces in Flowers” by Lily Byrd

by Sadie Allen I recall the first time I read Alice in Wonderland. I was in the third grade and had stumbled upon it in my elementary school library. I was initially drawn to the whimsical illustrations, but as soon as I began reading it I fell even more in love with the iconic fairytale.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 12, 2018

Work of the Week — “Bathers” by Abraham Walkowitz

by Sadie Allen Despite the rainy and frigid weather lately, there’s no denying that spring is upon us! Flowers are beginning to bloom, birds are starting to return, and the earth is finally waking up from its season-long slumber. Soon leaves will return to trees and temperatures will rise! Abraham Walkowitz’s watercolor painting Bathers reminds… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 5, 2018

Work of the Week — “Things are Mighty Strange” by Alpha Andrews

by Sadie Allen Take one glance at this painting and you’ll be instantly struck by its vivid colors, particularly the bright contrast between the warm orange foreground and the cool blue background. The colors are not the only striking feature of this work, though. The intricate lines filling the piece create a scene that’s busy… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Scholastic Art Awards of Western North Carolina

by Sadie Allen On Sunday, February 25, The Asheville Art Museum sponsored a ceremony celebrating the recipients of Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards, an annual competition recognizing some of the best of our region’s young, local artists. This program has been in place since 1923 and is open to artists grades 7 through… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 26, 2018

Work of the Week — “Blue Jay” by Sallie Middleton

by Sadie Allen Whether you realize it or not, nature rarely experiences true silence. Every time you venture out into the woods, you’re likely to hear a chirp or a whistle from one of our delightful feathered friends – birds! I never realized just how common they were until I began to look for them.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 19, 2018

Work of the Week — “Sugar” by Maude Gatewood

by Sadie Allen Basking in the sun, musing (and perhaps mewing), lies a mysterious being often called the cat. I have seen this scene (and many others, often involving dead birds, tail-chasing, and even occasion thefts of food) many times, as I grew up around the mischievous beasts. My grandmother attracted felines like honey attracts… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 12, 2018

Work of the Week — “Holyhocks at Tuckaway” by Pierre Daura

by Sadie Allen We have made it through, my friends – Spring is just around the corner! Although Punxsutawney Phil (the beloved groundhog who predicts the weather every February) saw his shadow, I’m optimistic for the return of warm weather. With every visit to the grocery store, I’m seeing more and more fresh flowers, fruits… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, February 5, 2018

Work of the Week — “Hank Williams” by Howard Finster

by Sadie Allen I’m sitting in another local joint, listening to my father up on stage playing “Hey, Good Lookin’” or “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, songs I’ve heard him practice hundreds of times throughout my childhood. This was a scene I experienced often in my early teens, as my mother and I were present at all… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, January 29, 2018

Work of the Week — “Bass Rocks, East Gloucester” by Henry Hammond Ahl

by Sadie Allen While the wintertime can be quite lovely with its bare branches and chilly rains, nothing quite beats the charm of summer- something I’ve been missing lately. While perusing the Museum’s vast collection of works, this summertime scene caught my eye. Its stunning blue sea and sky portray the wonderful and warm nature… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, January 22, 2018

Work of the Week — “Wall Street, NY” by Margaret Bourke-White

by Sadie Allen Ever since I was a little girl, New York City (or any large city for that matter) appealed to me. Growing up in Western North Carolina, the most excitement I faced was my usual daydreaming, often about the illustrious life I planned to live once I escaped my rural world. Cities were… Click to read the rest of the blog post
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, May 1, 2017

Intern Spotlight: Shannon Hebert Waldman

By Matt Gorga The Museum’s internship program provides engaging educational opportunities to students and individuals from across the country, but today the Museum family is celebrating one of Asheville’s own, Shannon Hebert Waldman. Shannon has recently been accepted into multiple graduate programs and has chosen to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago… 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