Category: Artists

Monday, May 7, 2018

Work of the Week — “Untitled Goose” by Glenn Brown

by Sadie Allen I thought it would only be fitting to do my last blog post for the art museum on my one of my favorite creatures – the goose. If you google information about geese, you’ll be met with a barrage of attack videos that only highlight their vindictive elements, completely overlooking the many… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, April 30, 2018

Work of the Week — “Portrait of Johanna Jalowetz” by Ruth Asawa

by Sadie Allen In a chair sits a woman — stoic, blue, and simplistic, perhaps in contemplation. This piece by Ruth Asawa, Portrait of Johanna Jalowetz, offers a calming look at an aging woman, done only in shades of blue and gray. I particularly enjoy the use of blank space throughout the piece, allowing the… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, April 23, 2018

Work of the Week — “Sere Painting” by Jeanet S. Dreskin

by Sadie Allen Often dubbed the “gateway to the soul,” eyes are not only a fixture on one’s face but also an intimately beautiful glimpse into the life of another. In Sere Painting,  Jeanet S. Dreskin offers a close up look at an iris, the most notable and colorful part of the eye. This eye… Click to read the rest of the blog post
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 AllenMy 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 AllenI 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 AllenDespite 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, 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 AllenI’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, 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