Author Archives: Lisa Blackshear

9.14.17 Lindesay Harkness Lake Lure



Lindesay Harkness grew up in England, where she developed an affinity for English countryside, gardens and wildflowers and a love of the beauty of the natural world. In 1975 she moved to Cambridge MA where she completed a PhD. In 1978 she discovered a pocket of knowledgeable, representational artists with direct links to the Boston school at its zenith. She studied portraiture with one of them, Robert Cormier, at Fenway Studios. When she was offered an opportunity to study full time with another member of this group, Paul Ingbretson, she abandoned her post- doctoral fellowship, purchased a studio at Fenway studios and began a life-transforming apprenticeship. Two years later she moved to Chapel Hill, where she has lived since.

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May 24 Ann Vasilik Weaverville

Ann Vasilik, a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has lived in Asheville, North Carolina since 1988. She received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Philadelphia College of Art. Ann has worked as a painter, illustrator and teacher in Virginia, California, Hawaii, North Carolina and the Republic of the Philippines. She has had numerous one-woman shows and has received many awards and commissions. Her work is contained in private and corporate collections.

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Julyan Davis 3.28.17


Julyan Davis is an English-born artist who has painted the American South for over twenty five years. He received his art training at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. In 1988, having completed his B.A. in painting and printmaking, he traveled to the South on a painting trip that was also fueled by an interest in the history of Demopolis, Alabama and its settling by Bonapartist exiles.
Davis now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His work is exhibited internationally, and is in many public and private collections. Recent acquisitions include the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, the Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina), the Morris Museum (Augusta, GA) and the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and Western Residence. His newest work, interpreting traditional American ballads through the contemporary South, has been touring museums with accompanying lectures and musical performances.

About Rich Nelson

By Sue Dolamore
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I am a portrait and gallery artist residing with my wife Kim and our three children in the mountains of North Carolina.
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.

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