June 1st - July 30th, 2014 An Invitational Exhibition of National Artists working in Encaustic and Cold Wax Celebration - Concurrent with the June 2014 Studio Stroll, Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th from 10-6. See the art, demonstrations and enjoy our food in this District wide arts celebration!
Fleta Monaghan is the founder and director of River’s Edge Studio, an arts learning center for adults, and 310 ART, the sister gallery.
Fleta grew up on the west coast of Florida, on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. After traveling around the United States and living in San Francisco, Oregon and Virginia, she settled in Asheville, North Carolina in 1981.
“I have always been attracted to beautiful and historic places populated with interesting and artistically inclined people. After visiting Asheville briefly, I decided this was a perfect place to live and work. I love the thriving arts community, and enjoy working and teaching in a poetically timeworn 100 year old warehouse in the River Arts District of Asheville.”
The oldest of seven children, she began painting in oils and pastels at an early age. Her earliest works still in existence are pastel copies of Bottecelli paintings, executed at age twelve.
“I have heard it said that an artist only has to look at the art work they created as a child to see the directions and themes that will resonate in their adult work. That is certainly true with me. I experimented with all kinds of materials as a kid – marbling paper with oil paint, making handmade paper, drawing and painting and creating costumes. I would read about some new technique or see some interesting art, and the next thing you knew I was trying it out. Naturally, most of my experimentation took place outside! Now, I love to paint people I know, experiment with mixed media in my paintings and push the image toward abstraction. I am always seeking an essence of thought and feeling when I combine imagery with materials. There is an unbroken thread that weaves through all my work, no matter what materials I use or which techniques I employ. The Gulf of Mexico strongly influenced my visual, spiritual and philosophical senses as have the Mountains here in North Carolina.”
Enjoying both an urban and rural experience, Fleta works and teaches in her studio at Riverview Station near downtown Asheville. She and her family share a country home near the city with two cats and a yard populated with hummingbirds, rabbits, opossum and deer.
Erin Keane is an encaustic artist and bookbinder who cannot resist luscious beeswax and luscious bindings. Her encaustics feature personal photography, intricately hand-cut designs, and mixed media compositions. Her handbound journals showcase original encaustic artwork on the covers, distinctive sewing along the spine, and hand-torn paper on the inside (awaiting your creative meanderings).
“The artist in me craves to explore new techniques, structures, and ideas. This curiosity and drive for originality led me to combine my two obsessions, encaustic and journals, which I had not seen combined before in this manner. The resulting books are individual works of art and conversation pieces, yet they are completely functional as blank journals.
My daily photography practice has been integrated into my imagery using a transfer process, which lends a rustic look to the photograph and lays a foundation of color and visual texture. I have an affinity towards nature and patterns and I often construct intuitive abstract landscapes. I aim to convey a feeling of hushing and holding, of peace and tranquility, and of awe with our surrounding beauty.”
Erin studied art at Miami University in Ohio where she graduated with an M.A. in Art Education. She moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains after college and taught art at Brevard Middle School for twelve years. She is now a full-time artist and exhibits her work at 310 Art Gallery, as well as Number 7 Arts in Brevard and Bookworks in Asheville.
Erin is an instructor at 310 Art / River’s Edge Studio and teaches workshops in encaustic, bookbinding, and visual journaling.
Encaustic on 9 panels, 24 x 24, available at 310 ART
Encaustic on 9 panels, 24 x 24, available at 310 ART
As a native of St. Petersburg, Florida and a twenty five-year resident of the mountains of Western North Carolina, I am influenced by personalities, emotions, images and colors associated with these locals which are distinctive in character and environment. I have over the years developed highly personal perceptions and highly personalized techniques. Applying all I've learned, I seek to project authentic intimate interpretations of the world as I encounter it, coast and mountain, past and present.
Walton teaches Cold Wax and Oil techniques and Abstract painting workshops at RIver's Edge Studio, the teaching venue at 310 ART .
"I am constantly discovering and experimenting with various pigments, supports and drawing mediums, keeping my heart and mind open to all possibilities."
Jo Ridge Kelley was born in High Point, North Carolina and was raised in the Quaker tradition. Kelley studied drawing and painting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. After college, she taught art at the high school level for several years and continues today to conduct annual private workshops.
Kelley is known for endowing her works with an intriguing contrast between a misty, soft light and dramatic color. Almost a metaphor for divine light, Kelley's airy brushwork and diffused light, floating throughout her images, evoke a sense of wonder and serenity, and recall the timeless, lost-and-found memories of this artist's enduring love affair with nature.
For Kelley, art is a means to express and share with viewers her innermost joy and gratitude for the myriad of forms and moods of the natural world, and also those emanating from the ever-restless topography of the human imagination. Her paintings are a convergence point at which the artist's painterly interpretation meets a visual world colored by divine mystery. “My collectors often tell me that their paintings make them feel peaceful, which always appeals to my “golden retriever” personality. I enjoy sharing my love of nature with people and making them feel happy.”
The paintings of Jo Ridge Kelley are held in many private and corporate collections throughout the country and across the globe. She has been featured in numerous regional publications noting her generous donations of original paintings for important fundraisers, demonstrations and lectures for art leagues and special interest groups. A percentage of her art sales is given back to her community, helping to provide funds for many needs, including preserving farmland and our state and national parks.
mini series, 6 x 6, linen on panel
Golden Light - Water Lilies
22 x 54, oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Ruby Sunset on the Lily Pond
18 x 72, oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Water Lilies IV
18 x 36, oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Storm Brewing over the Blue Ridge
5 x 6.75, watercolor on arches paper
Storm is Brewing
5 x 7.25, watercolor on arches paper
Moonlight on the Garden
36 x 12, oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Bet has a great sense of humor, but tell her a joke and she gets a blank look and says, “I don’t get it”, then laughs ten minutes later when she does. This is similar to her entry into the art world.
Having taught digital imaging, website development, and desktop publishing, her progression into photography was a given. So naturally, she began her artistic career as a photographer of realistic images. Her favorite subjects depicted her love of the mountains, lakes, and culture of Western North Carolina.
Wanting to take her photography to another level, she began incorporating her images into encaustic paintings. “I love the scent of the beeswax, the surprises similar to water colors, and the many ways I can use images in this ancient medium which is now so popular.”
“What I like about my new abstracts and monotypes is the way others interpret them. They see things in the pieces I never saw before. “
Bet tends to work with geometrics in her paintings, though she has once again begun to include images—printed on tea bags.
“I have always said that it isn’t what I intended to say in the paintings, but how it makes the viewer feel and what they see.”
Bet is the director of Encaustic Classes at River’s Edge. She has no reservations about sharing her knowledge of encaustic with students. “I love it when students come to class with their own ideas. They inspire me and I hope I have given them a start on their own artistic path.”
A native of Western North Carolina, Ramsey works in the areas of drawing, painting, and mixed media. She is also a published writer and performance poet who extends her work onto visual journals and altered books. Her thought provoking work, which frequently incorporates images of people, aims to engage the viewer on multiple levels. She did undergraduate work at UNC-Asheville and received a Master's degree from Western Carolina University. She teaches Visual Journaling techniques at 310 ART.
"First of all, I paint because I must... It's as much a part of me as breathing. If life gets in the way, and I don't have time to paint, I soon feel out of sorts and disconnected. So I paint and then I feel whole once more.
I am a self taught artist who learned much by trial and error. Because I had to work through problems while creating, it helped me to understand what new students go through, so I am better equipped to help them. Next to creating my own work, I enjoy teaching others. What a joy it is to see that sparkle of understanding in their eyes! I'm proud to say that in 25 years of teaching art, I have never had a failure!!
As a side note, I was also nominated 5 years in a row for the prestigious "Friends of the Arts Award" in the arts education category. A highlight of my career was to have a piece accepted for an exhibit in Nagano, Japan during the Winter Olympics, which then was part of a traveling exhibit for 6 months.
I enjoy all aspects of the painting process, no matter the subject or medium, but it pleases me most to paint portraits of people and animals. My goal is to capture that innate spirit that makes up the personality of each individual. I truly believe that the eyes are the pathway to the soul. Get that right and the rest is easy!!"
Lorelle Bacon is lead teacher in our Studio program and frequently teaches workshops in all subjects and mediums. See the class descriptions for details of current classes.
“Creativity is my voice. Each medium of expression is a language of its own. Curiosity inspires me to seek depth in my creativity. Exploration of alternate mediums is the ultimate journey. Abstracted art through mixed media is the alchemy of my artful expression. I have a love affair with art and all things art.”
As an artist, Terri creates abstracted expressive works using Encaustics or Cold Wax/Oil, most of which include mixed media. Her most recent work involves transforming found objects into light sculptures using a variety of mediums.
Her artwork is derived from the natural beauty around her. The macro world opens up limitless perspectives and visual subject matter. Dreams of vivid color and elusive scenarios are fodder for her artwork. Sometimes just seeing the world through the eyes of her pets sparks hidden emotions to express in art.
Terri grew up in the wide open space of Wyoming, graced with monumental buttes and mesas. As a young girl she accompanied her Great Uncle, a lapidary, on sojourns to his secret hunting grounds excavating geodes, jade, agates and fossils. With an appetite for the unknown, her curiosity has been the motivator for travels and explorations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Living in the Netherlands and studying art for seven years altered her artistic path. She currently lives in Weaverville, NC and continues her studies in art, especially delving into unknown mediums.
Shirin is pronounced ‘Sure-reen’- it is Persian meaning “sweet, gentle and kind”... It is Heather’s middle name. Heather was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1975, and currently resides outside of Asheville, NC.
Heather works out of her home studio, having attained her BFA with honors in oil painting in 1997 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She went on to take additional design courses from the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. She teaches Art Nouveau Portraiture & Mixed Media Classes at the River’s Edge and 301 Art Gallery, in the River Arts District in Asheville NC.
The artists that have influenced her recent work include Felix Mas, Audrey Kawasaki, Manuel Nuñez, Mia Bergeron, Steven Daluz and Joan Dumouchel.
“I am interested in the relationships that women have with other women - the closeness between sisters, mothers, lovers and best friends. I capture the vulnerability, strength and romance that women share when together - using materials that define their beauty and presence... my portraits are reminiscent of Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha - as if those two were to collaborate”.
Heather’s work is represented the Updraft Gallery, and The 310 Art Gallery in Asheville NC. She has also been represented by Gallery Asheville, Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery, The Night Gallery, Seven Sisters Gallery and Woolworths Walk Fine Art Gallery.
She is also an active volunteer at the Asheville Area Arts Council and the Artery Gallery. She currently works for Artetude Gallery, in Asheville NC. She is currently preparing for her next solo show for 2014 at Delurk Gallery in Winston Salem.
"Her current pieces are a gorgeous amalgamation of her creative minds-eye and innovative use of mixed media and color, resulting in a fascinating display, capturing the warmth, charm and beauty of the feminine mystique." - Margie Brenner, Collector
"I paint with acrylics on canvas. My technique is to make a wash on the unprimed side of the canvas, and then superimpose a structure of some kind and various images. I love coming up with new visual experiments and puzzles.
I paint with a combination of geometric structures, organic images, as well as images found in the art of other cultures. My latest projects are purely geometric structures. This expresses my interest in architectural forms, symmetry and asymmetry, and positive/negative space.
My influences are studies and meditation on the religious art of various cultures.
The artists I most admire are Paul Klee and Charles Burchfield."
Born on Long Island, NY in 1932, Bob took up a brush and began painting at an early age.
After graduating high school, he attended Pratt Institute for a semester. In 1952, he entered the United States Army as an illustrator for the 6th Army. He painted training aides at Fort Ord, California, and at the Army Language School, Monterey, California.
After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1954, Bob worked as an apprentice for a Los Angeles based architectural illustration firm for six months. He then set out on his own to freelance in architectural delineation, a skillful art form he has mastered over the years and from which he retired three years ago.
His public work, still extant, includes a fresco secco mural for the Church of Religious Science, Las Vegas. He illustrated the book 'The Voice Celestial' by Dr. Ernest Holmes, Dodd-Mead, publisher, in 1960.
Bob began tailoring the Scottish kilt commercially in 1976 and began kilt research in 1980, both here and in Scotland. He authored a column "The Kiltmaker's Corner" for the Scottish American newspaper. His book All About Your Kilt (with CD-ROM) grew from these articles and was published in 2001 by Unicorn Books. He was elected a fellow of the former Scottish Tartan Society in 1983 and to the Guild of Tartan Scholars of the Scottish Tartan Authority in 1993. He continues to work as a consulting historian of the kilt, but retired as a kilt maker in 1998.
Bob has five children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and now lives in Candler, NC with his wife, Betty Carlson. He continues his painting in palette knife oils, sumi-e and sumi-e with watercolor. Along with regular shows of his work, Bob participates in 'Quick Draw' and 'Plein Air' Painting demonstrations, as well as at charity auctions and events.
Bob teaches Sumi-e painting and Palette Knife techniques and exhibits in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC at 310 Art Gallery/River’s Edge Studio, owned and operated by the artist Fleta Monaghan.
"I paint to please myself. I have nothing to prove with my painting, no theory to expound, no revolutionary ideas to give to the world. I give myself, using my talents to the best of my ability."
Following a many year career in Medical Technology with weaving as a hobby, Betty resigned from her final post as lab supervisor of a small hospital in the area to enroll in the weaving program at Haywood Technical College’s School of Craft. She graduated from Haywood to eventually become a juried member in fiber of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in 1989 and later of the Piedmont Craftman’s Guild.
After a short career as a professional weaver, Betty recently sold her weaving studio and began to work in encaustics, using natural items as well as wax, collage and handmade paper. She exhibits at 310 Art Gallery in the River arts district in Asheville, NC.
Betty is married to Bob Martin, a painter in Sumi-e and oils, and they make their home in Candler, NC.
Copper and Black Bamboo
Ginko in the Sky
The Bug in My Eye
Landscape painter Anne K. Allen, relocated to North Carolina from Florida following a career in education and the performing arts. The lure of seasonal changes, blue rimmed mountains and a vibrant arts community drew her family to retire in Western North Carolina.
Since childhood Anne has had a reverence for nature and has always loved to paint outdoors. She has made three trips to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico to paint en plein air in the high desert. She has enrolled in classes and workshops at the Art League of Bonita Springs, FL, and most recently participates in professional studio critiques at the River’s Edge Studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
Allen is a member of the Appalachian Pastel Society and a former member of the Pastel Society of Southwest Florida. Her work has been displayed in Asheville, NC; Bonita Springs, FL; Tryon, NC; Hendersonville, NC and in the Sheldon Art Gallery, Fifth Avenue South, Naples FL. Her paintings are currently displayed in 310 Art, River Arts District, Asheville, NC.
"I was an architect for more than 30 years and have a lot of experience with design and presentation. For that reason I feel comfortable doing cityscapes, buildings, landscapes, and those subjects which also entail the use of light, shade, shadow, and color. I try to have an unusual angle of view in my work if possible. I mostly approach painting in a contemporary, even abstract way. I believe a good painting will attract your interest often. I hope mine do that."