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Asheville area arts news, openings and exhibits



10/2/2012 - Asheville area arts news, openings and exhibits
by Asheville Citizen Times

Woolworth Walk hosts 'Delicate Beauty' exhibit

 Glass artist Charles Donaldson and jewelry artist Q. Evon are October's featured artists for "A Delicate Beauty" in the Front Gallery at Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St., Asheville. A free, public opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, and the show is open until Oct. 30. To learn more about the reception or show, call 254-9234.

 Donaldson focuses on kiln-formed, painted and hand-manipulated glass art. Warm glass, being a solid liquid and transparent, enables him "to express the feeling, design and beauty which is inherent in large bodies of water," according to a press release.

Evon discovered her considerable skill in wax carving while attending Parsons School of Design -- a talent she combines with her passion for medieval metalwork. Her current jewelry collections combine gold and silver, with an emphasis on texture.

Kay is Artist of the Month

Asheville Gallery of Art, 16 College St., presents Reda Kay as its October Artist of the Month, featuring a collection of mixed-media abstract art titled "The Eye & Imagination." A free public reception will be 5:30-8 p.m., during the downtown gallery art walk. The show will hang through Oct. 31. To learn more, call 251-5796.

A gallery description says "Reda's mysterious landscapes imply the mindful passage of shared time and evolution, emphasizing our journey as uniting our human spirit and the natural environment." She works in watercolor, acrylic, oil and texturing materials on canvas, board and paper.

Asheville Art Museum opens exhibit

The Asheville Art Museum will present "Chasing the Image: Madeleine Lord and Sally Massengale," beginning with an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, including a gallery talk at 5 p.m. The events are free with museum admission.

Organized by guest curator James P. W. Thompson of Western Carolina University, the show combines works by two "figurative artists who handle their materials with great energy and fluidity," according to a press release.

Lord creates both large public works and smaller steel sculptures for homes and gardens. Massengale is an expressive painter who works mainly in oil, her subjects almost always drawn from real life, including still lifes, landscapes and portraits. Learn more at

Monahan exhibit at Grovewood

In conjunction with American Craft Week, Grovewood Gallery, 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, will host a solo exhibition featuring the work of internationally known paper sculptor Leo Monahan.

"Cut, Bend, Fold, Color: Paper Sculpture & Collage in Dimension" opens Saturday with a free public reception 4-6 p.m., including a retrospective talk, a paper-sculpting demonstration and live music by Bruce Lang. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. To learn more, call 253-7651 or visit

Rattley featured at Flood

The work of Juie Rattley III is the subject of an exhibition at the Flood Gallery that opens with a free public reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday. His work will be on exhibit until Oct. 30.

Flood Gallery is in the Phil Mechanic Studios building, 109 Roberts St. in Asheville's River Arts District. To learn more, call 254-2166 or visit

Rattley was in Lumberton and raised in a small community just outside Whiteville. He studied under Tarleton Blackwell, adopting Blackwell's oil painting methods and positive views on life as an artist and a person.

Brevard College faculty show opens

The Brevard College art department will host a free, public opening reception for an exhibition of work by its faculty members 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the Spiers Gallery of the Sims Art Center on campus.

Participating faculty include Bill Byers, Jo Pumphrey, Kyle Lusk, Aaron Alderman, Ken McLeskey, Lori Park and Ike Wheeless, as well as Professor Emeritus Tim Murray. To learn more, call Diane Pomphrey at 884-8188.

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