“Asheville Eye on the Arts” is our collaboration with local artists to exhibit their work at our 8 Medical Park Drive office. Asheville and western NC have an incredibly rich artistic community and we’re thankful to work with some of the gifted artists in our area! Our gallery provides an opportunity for us to partner with local community artists and share the pleasure of the visual arts with you, our patients.
Installations will rotate over time and represent a range of artists and genres. The artwork is available for sale – contact Katy Farlow at Ext. 2331 if you are interested in a piece or if you are an artist (or know one) and are interested in showing your work in our gallery. We don’t charge a commission on any sales – all proceeds go to the artist.
Patients have been enthusiastic about the art and this January we welcome (3) additional guest artists: Karen Keil Brown, Christine Dougherty and Allison Webb. Although each artist has a unique perspective and artistic expression, these three artists share a love of the outdoors and the western North Carolina landscape. We thank them as well as Jonas Gerard, our first guest artist, for sharing their vision with us.
Karen Keil Brown Ethereal Landscapes
Karen Keil Brown is originally from New Jersey and was raised in Asheville, NC. Karen has been a professional artist for over 25 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNC-Asheville. Karen has experience in commercial art and as an art teacher in the school system for over 10 years and continues to teach privately.
Karen creates ethereal landscapes which reflect her passion for the ever changing landscape, inspired by the misty mountains that surround us.
“I attempt to bring to the canvas a peaceful, light and airy feeling, giving it a soft visual effect on the horizon.”
She has participated in numerous art exhibits with her paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the country. She also supports the Arts for life Organization, working with special needs children and their families. Karen’s studio is located at Pin Dog Creative Studios in the River Arts District, 342 Depot Street. Every 2nd Saturday of the month are open studios and all are invited to drop by!
Karen’s work is also on exhibit at the Asheville Gallery of Art, located at 16 College Street in Downtown Asheville, where she is the Artist of the Month for March 2014. Her show, “Landscapes in Abstraction” will hang March 1-30, 2014. Karen is also exhibiting 9 original oil/acrylic paintings in a group show at Agora Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, NY March 28 – April 17, 2014. The Shuptrine Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee is also showing new work by Karen beginning in January 2014. Visit her website: http://karenkbrown.com/home.html
Christine Dougherty paints landscapes in oils and pastels, working in the studio or on location, “en plein air”. Her style can be described as loose realism, a blend of accurate representation executed with painterly flair and vibrant color interpretation.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Savannah College of Art and Design, Christine was drawn to the mountains of North Carolina, where she has lived for many years. Christine enjoys whitewater kayaking, hiking and camping, and these outdoor pursuits have given her an acute appreciation of the beauty of the area, which she attempts to capture and share in her art.
After more than a decade in the Cottonmill Studios in the River Arts District, Christine has recently moved her studio to West Asheville. Her recently renovated space is now in the same building as The Mothlight, a new neighborhood bar and indie music venue. She happily accepts visitors to the studio by appointment.
Christine’s work will be exhibited along with several other artists as part of the Haywood County Art Council’s “Local Flavors” show which will hang in February and March at Gallery 86 in Waynesville, located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, NC. She will also show landscapes at Metro Wine on Charlotte Street in Asheville in February.
Alison Webb grew up in the mountains of Tennessee, and has lived in western North Carolina for seven years. She travels widely and paints on location as well as in her studio in Asheville.
“The beauty of the land is the inspiration for my paintings. Those moments when a scene takes my breath away because of its “perfectness” compel me to take brush to canvas. I can’t imagine not painting.”
Alison was educated at Skidmore College, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and New York University. Her career in the textile industry, where she was a design forecaster and color expert, allowed her to work creatively in the global textile world.
“My years working with color in the textile business helped prepare me for painting with oils, but the challenge of capturing the subtle nuances of nature are a continuing exercise in creativity.”
Alison has taken workshops from a number of nationally known painters and studies locally under Mark Henry of Natural Views, Inc. Her work is currently available at Alexander & Lehnert in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.
Jonas Gerard’s style is generally abstract. He creates his art in a wide variety of styles and media including Abstracts, Landscapes, Mixed Media, Sculpture and even Silks. Born of French and Brazilian ancestry in Casablanca, Morocco, his work is now found in a number of national and international collections. His Bicentennial Portrait of the United States, “We the People” was presented to President Gerald Ford in 1975 and is now part of the Smithsonian Collection.
Locally Jonas’s work has been featured in a display of new art at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. For more information about Jonas and his art, please visit his studio in the River Arts District at 240 Clingman Avenue or visit his website at www.jonasgerard.com