- March 29 • Bee Adams • Pack Square
“I love color and strive to keep my paintings fresh and loose. I use acrylics, watercolors and a variety of media freely. I always have a sketchbook close at hand.”
- April 19 • Richard Oversmith • Biltmore Village
Richard Oversmith allows the setting to speak to him, creating only as many brushstrokes as are needed for the viewer’s eyes to understand and connect.
- May 10 • Monique Jutras Carr • French Broad River Park
“My focus in painting is to translate a magical moment into an artistic statement. Evoking the emotion of a scene, I consider imagery, atmospheric conditions and colors – often
pushing or calming them to create the mood I’m after.”
- May 31 • Colleen Webster • Pritchard Park
“I aim to fill each painting with life and inspiration, conveying light, atmosphere, and mood rather than defining a literal copy—it’s not necessary to paint each blade of grass, leaf or branch.”
- June 21 • John Mac Kah • Charles Owen Park
“Painting is to some degree a celebration of those places that survive in the wild state, at the edge; but it is also elegiac and frustrating, as we are losing so much to environmental exploitation every day.”
- July 12 • Mark Harmon • Carrier Park
Born in Germany, Mark studied icon painting in the Slovak Republic. During years of travel throughout Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala Mark used watercolors. The directness of watercolor later translated into his oil paintings executed “a la prima”, to capture the fleeting effects of light.
- August 2 • Skip Rohde • Asheville Botanical Gardens
Rohde spent 20 months in Baghdad, Iraq, working with the U.S. Embassy and the Army Corps of Engineers on a variety of reconstruction projects. He has returned to his home in Asheville and is currently creating new artworks while also teaching classes and workshops.
- August 23 • Lisa Blackshear • Basilica of St. Lawrence
“Although I consider myself an impressionist, when I paint around Asheville I see a uniquely American poetry in the buildings, and find myself thinking as much about Thomas Wolfe and Edward Hopper as Monet.”
- September 13 • Cathyann Burgess
“It matters little what I paint. It matters much that I paint. A certain glance, attitude, light or mood communicates with me strong enough to get me motivated to speak back.”
- October 4 • Jo Ridge Kelley
Jo’s curiosity, sincere appreciation of the natural world and desire to experiment with strong composition and design have led her on an exciting journey with huge canvases and large brushes.
- October 25 • Rich Nelson
“Though portraiture is a major part of my career, I also love painting landscape, still life, and figurative gallery pieces. I am endlessly fascinated by people, places, and things and consider it a privilege and a challenge to capture some aspect of their essence on canvas.”