Summer 2018

The Asheville Urban Landscape Painters bring professional and emerging artists together to paint “en plein air.” We meet every Tuesday in locations in and around Asheville. Our Featured Artist presentations will be once a month from April 10 to October 9, 2018. The Featured artist will share their approach and philosophy and give a brief demonstration of their painting technique. Each artist then chooses their own spot nearby to paint. The group comes back together after a few hours to talk and show one another their paintings. Artists who attend the demo are responsible for their own transportation and for bringing their own supplies. All mediums welcome.

Below are listed, by month, our featured artists with information about each and examples of their work. We also get involved with other activities in the greater Asheville area, so check out our Calendar for Up-Coming Events!

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Donations always welcome to support the work of AULP

 Following is Monthly Featured Artist List for the Up-Coming Season



APRIL 10, 2018

Cheryl KeeferOil

Paint-Out Location: Asheville Botanical Garden

Cheryl Keefer is a contemporary impressionist whose work reflects moody landscapes and urban scenes. “I paint en plein air to study light and atmospheric effects first hand.  When painting from life I want to capture the feeling of place and time.  Outdoor studies are often used as references for painting larger studio works.  Each time I paint I find a deeper appreciation for the Creator of this world which I am a part.”  

Keefer holds degrees in art history and art education from The University of Alabama in Birmingham, and graduate painting from Virginia Commonwealth Universiity.

Please see her website for contact information.


“Sunset Reflections,” oil, 5×7”

“Roan’s Majesty,” oil, 11×14”

“Sailing,” oil, 11×14″

“Some like it Hot,” oil, 10×8″

See more of Cheryl Keefer’s work at the following locations:
NorthLight Studio, 357 Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801
Asheville Gallery of Art, 82 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Seven Sisters Gallery, 117 Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Up Against the Wall Gallery, 316 E. Market Street, Kingsport, TN 37660



MAY 8, 2018

Gary CooleyOil

Paint-Out Location: JuneBug Retro Resort, 355 Clarks Chapel Rd, Weaverville, NC 28787, USA (map)

I was born and raised in rural southeastern Michigan, and studied  illustration and painting at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mi.

After a long career in illustration which began in New York where my work  appeared in most major magazines, on many book covers, (murder mystery was a specialty), Broadway posters, and in several children’s books. It also appeared in the Society of Illustrators “200 Hundred Years of American Illustration”, and in many of their annual exhibitions.  The Illustrations and paintings have been in many juried exhibitions. Taking a few medals along the way .

I then moved on to Detroit and finally finished up my illustration career in Atlanta.  While in Atlanta I began coming to the Tryon area, where I exhibited my paintings at the Skyuka Gallery.  My wife and I fell in love with the mountains.

Three years ago I left the illustration field and we moved to Hendersonville, NC where I now paint full time. The scenery of the mountains and the people of the area offer endless inspiration for my work.

I am in the River Arts District along with 9 other artists at 362 Depot St.  I will soon be exhibiting at the Gallery at Flat Rock.

Please see his website for contact information.

Melting Meadow

Mills River View

Saluda Ruin

Snow Under the Bridge

See more of Gary Cooley’s work at the following locations:
River Arts District along with 9 other artists at 362 Depot St.
I will soon be exhibiting at the Gallery at Flat Rock.



JUNE 5, 2018

Anne BonnymanOil

Paint-Out Location: Engadine Inn and Cabins, 2630 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC 28715, USA (map)

Anne Bonnyman moved to Asheville seven years ago to pursue painting and life in the mountains.  After serving for many years as an Episcopal priest, she now works full time in her North Asheville studio. As a plein air painter she is captivated by the ever-changing landscape, the power of light and color, and the challenge of translating multi-dimensions onto a 2-D surface. “Deciding what to paint is the first challenge when I look at the richness of the landscape. The painting takes off only when I can identify and capture the features in the scene that most intrigue me. A plein air painting takes on a life of its own and the results always surprise me.”

Anne completed an undergraduate degree in Art History and studied painting in private studios in Nashville, Delaware and Boston. She has taken continuing education courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.  In 2016 and 2017 she participated in plein air workshops led by Lori Putnam and Tom Hughes.

She is a member of the Asheville Gallery of Art and her work can be seen at

Mountain Barn

Sanibel Dawn

Taking the Long View

Town & Country

See more of Anne Bonnyman’s work at:
Asheville Gallery of Art,
82 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801



JULY 10, 2018

Terrilynn DeBreuilPastel

Paint-Out Location: French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Dr, Asheville, NC 28806, USA (map)


Travel and art share a life-enriching and creative partnership in the artist’s life. Terrilynn has a
passion for exploring new places throughout the world and creating original art with a focus on
pastel paintings, and also uses watercolor, oil, photography, and other media. Joy of life,
creative expression, and spiritual sensitivity are the characteristics of the artwork. Color, light,
and texture convey a balance between impressionism and realism. A subject, or experience, speaks to the artist and she aims to allow a spiritual interpretation to flow, not from her, but through her.
Beyond a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree she has studied in wide-ranging situations to expand
personal knowledge and creative resources. She has taught various media and techniques of
art to people of all ages for thirty years. In teaching, she says that she often learns more herself
than she shares with her students. Keeping a hand in many types of media helps her instruct
students in their personal areas of interest as it expands her own.

To date she has traveled or lived in fifteen countries. She exhibits and sells artwork in diverse venues and has pieces in private collections from Maine to California, Spain and France, to Ecuador and Chile.

Recent works can also be seen online at

Flower Market Cuenca


Las Cajas

Sunrise Over Black Head

See more of Terrilynn DeBreuil’s work at:
Recent works can also be seen online at



AUGUST 14, 2018

Paint-Out Location: Magnolia Park in Montford

Jim CarsonOil
Jim Carson was the managing partner in the law firm of  Chambless, Higdon and Carson, in Macon, Ga., where he  practiced law for 31 years.

Although always interested in drawing, even at an early age, Jim began taking painting lessons  in 1989, and his art journey culminated in 2003, when Jim retired from law practice, moved to Saluda, N.C., and now paints full time.

Jim is known for his creative color balance and bold and spontaneous brushwork.
Jim is a Signature Member of The American Impressionist Society, a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE), and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America. Jim won the Associate Member Award of Distinction in the 2015 National American Impressionist Society Exhibition, and one of his paintings was recently accepted in the AIS Small Works Showcase Juried Exhibition, held at Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 23- April 21, 2018.

Please see his website for contact information.

A Bigger Box of Flowers 16×20

After the Rain in Asheville 16×20

Moo You Too Fellow 8×10

Night Talk in Peschici 12×16




Brian MurphyOils

Paint-Out Location: Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Dr, Montreat, NC 28757, USA (map)

Brian Murphy received formal training in Fine Art and Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design. While there he gained experience in oil painting and found direction for his impressionistic landscapes . After graduating, in 1995, painting outdoors became his true passion. Murphy’s oil paintings are done on location, working from direct observation, in true plein air fashion. He has lived and painted in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, where Murphy is represented my Mango Tango Art Gallery. In addition to his annual exhibits at Mango Tango, Murphy has shown work in Anguilla, BVI and in 2002 took 3rd place, in the oil painting category, at the 14th annual Caribbean Color Exhibit. In 2004 he took a workshop with past president of The Plein Air Painters of America, George Strickland. After moving to the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC in 2014, Brian continues his love for plein air painting.

“Ever since a young child I have always had an interest in art. I remember looking at the works of artists like Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Norman Rockwell and being fascinated by their beauty. Growing up I was always drawing. In high school I took after school art classes, where I was introduced to different mediums like pastel, water colors and oils. While taking art history classes at Savannah College of Art and Design I fell in love with the impressionist art movement and plein air painting.
Painting outdoors has many challenges but can be very rewarding. When choosing a scene I look for beauty in the ordinary. I focus on finding a good composition and interesting light and the shadows on objects, rather than the objects themselves.

See more of Brian Murphy’s work at:
Recent works can be seen online at




OCTOBER 9, 2018

Mitch Kolbe photo taken by Joye Ardyn Durham of The Laurel

Mitchell Lee KolbeOil

Paint-Out Location: Old Sherrill’s Inn in Fairview

Mitchell Lee Kolbe hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has worked professionally as an artist since age fifteen. As a senior in high school he was one of ten chosen nationally to receive the Art Merit Scholarship in 1973, to study at the prestigious Art Students League of New York City.

After completing his studies at the league in 1976, he had his first one- man show in Charlotte, N.C.  Work soon followed in the field of graphics, illustration, murals, sculpture and fine art.  By 1980 Mitchell was doing less commercial work and concentrating more on fine art and sculpture.

Works include, paintings for the Florida State Governors Club, restoration work of the Atlanta Cyclorama, murals at Kennedy Space center, and Universal Studio’s and sculptures for the 1996 Summer Olympic games, and Disney’s EPCOT Center. Kolbe’s work can be found in the collection of the Arch Bishop Of Constantinople, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Antonio Bandares, and Richard Kessler, to name a few.

Contact the artist directly through his website at:

Susan’s Pantry

Turf Wars I

Fall From My Studio 3

The Kirkpatrick House Study

Kolbe’s fine art easel paintings can be purchased at
the Grand Bohemian Art Galleries, at Grand Bohemian Hotels, in Asheville, N.C., Savannah, Ga., Birmingham, Al., St. Augustine, Fl. and soon in Greenville, S.C.