Do you enjoy art or checking out some of the many galleries in Western North Carolina?  We hope you’ll have a chance to enjoy some of the fantastic local artists we’re displaying at our 8 Medical Park Drive office when you’re here for your eye exam – or even if you just want to stop in.  We’ve had the good fortune to partner with some incredible local artists at our “Asheville Eye on the Arts” gallery  since we began the program in 2013.  Installations rotate over time and represent a range of genres and formats.  Past guest artists include Christine Dougherty, Karen Keil Brown, Jonas Gerard, Alison Webb, Mary Farmer, Susan Meyer Sinyai, Josephine Burgwyn Pratt, Nancy Nehls Nelson, Margot Doehring, Richard Scott, Vernice Troutman, Susanna Euston, Joanne Senkus, Bonnie Allen, and Tebbe Davis.

Currently we are displaying “With These Hands” An Appalachian Barn Photography Exhibit by Bonnie Cooper http://www.bonniecooperphotography.com/ and Don McGowan http://www.earthsongphotography.com/  Bonnie and Don ‘s exhibit is comprised of 16 photographs which document the tradition and history of the barns of Madison County.  “I wish to capture their beauty while it is still possible and contribute to preserving their legacy, ” said Bonnie.

If you couldn’t make it to the reception and presentation by Taylor Barnhill and Don McGowan in March, you can see the exhibit at our office through June or read a bit more about it  here:    http://thelaurelofasheville.com/lifestyle/exhibit-spotlights-the-beauty-stories-of-old-barns/

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We’re also thrilled to display the weavings of Margery Miller.  Originally from New York, Margery spent her career as a professional photographer for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy in New Mexico.  She is inspired by nature; by the positive and negative spaces and patterns created by light and dark.  She has traveled around the globe photographing foreign cultures and architecture.  Margery has been weaving for about 35 years as a way of expressing her creative energy.  She has exhibited in Ogden, Utah and Los Alamos, New Mexico.  While in New Mexico, she was fortunate enough to meet and be inspired by some of the well-known contemporary Hispanic weavers in the Rio Grande Valley from the Mexican border to the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, rich in textile production.  She has been published in many books and magazines.

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