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Nov 15

2016

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Katie Walker’s Notes to Myself Opens Thursday, November 17th

img_4748cropHey all, its me, Jessica Fields. I’m an artist here at Art & Light, but I also get to write for the blog. Which includes getting to interview amazing artists like Katie Walker. 

Have you ever made a pros and cons list? Or if you’re real neurotic like me, an excel spreadsheet, Venn diagram and brainstorming web in order to figure out where to go for dinner? The ways we try to map out and navigate our lives (the big decisions and the little encounters) become beautiful, quirky abstractions in the mind of Katie Walker. In her new show here at Art & Light, Notes to Myself, Walker shares with us the process of translating reality and memory into visual maps for reference and reflection.

Like a stenographer she has a shorthand of shapes and colors that perform like players on a stage. They act out a tense conversation or a hilarious dinner party. Before looking to the title for hints at a meaning you are struck by the movement and energy of each painting. These are stories. I mean, they are her stories and we’re not going to get a whole lot of details from that rectangle or those lines, but she still perfectly conveys the feeling.

Walker’s work is a synthesis of pure energy and detailed construction. Like Helen Frankenthaler’s work, the canvases record her movement. This fluid and organic part of the process speaks to the living part of memory. It changes, it twists and is never static. But as she builds upon this foundation, she is constructing how she chooses to define that memory and how it will affect her. Some imagery gets completely blacked out or maybe just obscured by 200 precisely drawn charcoal lines. Others are highlighted, encircled and notated. The end work may not be a concrete plan, but it is a blueprint to reference going forward.

We are going to kick this show off this Thursday, November 17th from 6 – 8pm. Come to decipher and decode or bring your own story or simply sit back and bask in the brilliant colors at play. Katie Walker’s new works are sure to speak to you.

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Oct 03

2016

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Marty Epp-Carter’s show A Loud Whisper opening October 13th

We love artists that play in the studio and Marty Epp-Carter embraces that mentality whole-heartedly. The work that emerges has a lyrical weightlessness that speaks to the dancing and games of chance that brought it to fruition. On October 13th we are going to have all fresh work from this amazing artist in her show entitled: A Loud Whisper.

martystudio2sqsmWe’re not joking about the games. Epp-Carter has incorporated a system of chance and unpredictability in her work that stems from the Dadaist quest for the unexpected. Part of Epp-Carter’s drive in her art is to be surprised. If she is intrigued, the more likely the viewer will be intrigued. (And we are!) So to surprise herself she plays games. Spin the paints! Choose a card! She is beholden to fate. As John Cage once said, “A ‘mistake’ is beside the point, for once anything happens it authentically is.” And then Epp-Carter goes about the business of realizing the full potential of what just authentically happened. Read more →

Aug 21

2016

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Annie Koelle & Anniversary Celebration, Thursday August 25th

Its official. Art and Light has been making spirits bright for 10 years now. We are celebrating this Thursday, August 25th with another new beginning, the opening of Annie Koelle’s breathtaking show “Bring Me Into A Spacious Place.” We are so excited to celebrate with Annie, who has been with us since the beginning. Our pursuits have flourished together. As always, it is our relationships that build us up. Help us raise our glasses to this exciting mile marker and toast to new art and old friends.

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Aug 15

2016

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Meet Artists Jan Swanson and Heather LaHaise Saturday August 20th

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Art and Light has always been about putting people’s art into people’s homes. So we love it when our people come to visit. This Saturday our friends, Heather LaHaise and Jan Swanson, are coming up from Columbia to spend the day with us here in the gallery and talk about their new work. Read more →

Aug 09

2016

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Eva Magill-Oliver & Laura Cooke Trunk Show, August 13th

If you’ve been to see us lately you have probably already fallen in love with Eva Magill-Oliver’s striking paintings and Laura Cooke’s charming ceramic works. Now we are so excited to have both these Asheville artists here IN THE GALLERY August 13th to premiere their new collaboration.

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Aug 01

2016

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Jessica Fields brings the color.

Are you in need of a little color? Like just over there in the corner. Brighten the place up a bit. We’ve been working with local artist Jessica Fields to bring some of that saturated sunlight into your home.

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Jul 26

2016

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Introducing Cheyenne Trunell

This midsummer heat and whirlwind of activity have us spinning. Luckily we have a new artist to introduce with the capability to clear our heads and center our souls.

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We are delighted to be bringing the ethereal landscapes of Asheville artist Cheyenne Trunell to Greenville beginning July 20th.

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Feb 11

2015

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We’re Crushin’. Kilgore-Condon, Ambler & The Grushovenkos

Valentine’s greetings friends and collectors!  We’ve got you covered for the holiday of love and we’re crushin’ on some very special artists this week.   Read more →

Feb 06

2015

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Bringin’ the Love

Hello friends!  We’ve got you covered with artsy gifts for your Valentine.  Come see us in our new digs on Aiken Street – We’re not only open today, but tonight as well for First Friday (6-9).  Many of your Village of West Greenville friends will be open, so come on out!
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Jan 28

2015

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Neighborhood Gem. Clay Artist Darin Gehrke

Greetings friends and collectors!  One of the features of the A&L blog this year will be to highlight working artists and small businesses  in the Village of West Greenville.  The talent in this little artsy neighborhood is second to none and it’s all within a several walking blocks!  This Saturday, Jan. 31st,  Art & Light will host Circa Doughnuts, another excellent and delicious locally owned business that has taken Greenville by storm.  Along with Circa, we’re pouring hot coffee from the neighborhood’s newest and hottest coffee shop, The Village Grind. AND to top it off we’re doing a mug giveaway – gorgeous clay mugs from neighbor, Darin Gehrke.

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