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“Infinite Possibilities” at Asheville Gallery of Art

Judy Rentner’s “New Every Morning” in Oil.

By Karen Brown

Asheville – Asheville Gallery of Art’s July show, “Infinite Possibilities,” is a multi-member show highlighting the insights artists gained during the increased time in their home studios during the COVID-19 pandemic. The show runs July 1-31 during gallery hours.

As we all know, change can be good! As members of a cooperative, the 31 artists of Asheville Gallery of Art are accustomed to being together and working together to keep the gallery functioning. With COVID-19, everyone is working in their home studios and finding that they have the chance to do what they might not have tried before. Many say they have found infinite possibilities within their work as well as new ways to sell work they’ve been creating.

During this pandemic Robin Wethe Altman says this about her painting, “Mountain Home,” “I love this scene because it has the river, the green hills, the mountains and the blue sky. The little country home seems so happy perched at the top of the hill and how nice that the cows are social distancing!”

Judy Rentner’s peaceful painting “New Every Morning,” is her message about this unusual time. “In these days of change and uncertainty, we can always depend on a sunrise and a new day.”Artist Joyce Schlapkohl paints the hollyhocks her husband grows at their home. “They are fresh from our garden, and their beauty surrounds us daily with new blooms and new growth.”

Many artists find that they are using supplies they’ve had on hand to incorporate new techniques. “Working with a handmade piece of red-and-gold marbled paper, I had fun finding the swirled ink patterns in the paper to express the folds in the African woman’s headdress. I painted the figure in muted grays to keep the focus on the dhuku,” said Jane Snyder

The gallery wishes to share this new work, and the work of all their 31 artists, with you as soon as they can. Please look for their re-opening date and updated hours by visiting their gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or finding us on Facebook.

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