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Jul 29

2017

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Sarah Mandell Fibers of the South August 5th

Hey, Greenville, you know Sarah Mandell, right? You’ve seen those amazing silhouetted necklaces and laser-cut leather bracelets. You know, Once Again Sam! Oh yeah, now it’s clicking. She is a Greenville staple. She is a crafting genius. And now she’s upping her game and releasing a new series of felted landscapes that we get to exhibit right here at Art and Light. Kudos to killing it and then challenging yourself to do something brand new.

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These landscapes are gorgeous and must be seen up close. Like the materials they are made from, you just want to be near them. They are cozy without being precious. Sublime, but earthy. Mandell has used her knowledge of felting and color to create saturated vistas that reflect her new home in the Carolinas. The layered wool intensifies the jewel tones and also establishes a flow to the work reminiscent of an O’Keeffe painting. The medium enhances the connection of nostalgia and place. And yet, in their window-like frames there is still a sense of yearning for the ethereal that Mandell has captured in these vignettes.

The show, Fibers of the South, will open from August 5th and end with a bang on August 19th. Because on Saturday, August 19th from 10am to 2pm we will get to enjoy a trunk show of Once Again Sam handmade jewelry. Please come join us for wistful gazing and maybe bring a coffee to hold and keep your hands busy because you are going to want to touch these gems, I promise you.

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Mar 29

2017

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Hard Edge/Soft Edge with Leder & Marburg April 8th

Art and Light is elated to present the continued friendship and camaraderie of Jeffrey Leder and Charles Marburg in their joint show, Hard Edge/Soft Edge. Our own resident artist, Jeffrey Leder showcases a series of graphic drawings and introduces us to New York painter, Charles Marburg. Both will be here for the opening, April 7th and artist talk April 8th.

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Leder hails from New York himself and is a recent transplant to Greenville. He brings with him an urban aesthetic and a wealth of knowledge about the art scene, having owned a gallery himself. One of the first artists he enlisted was Marburg. Leder was drawn to the raw emotion and curious use of space, in Marburg’s work. Eventually Leder even invited Marburg to curate his own show. And now here in Greenville, when asked to curate a show for Art + Light, Jeffrey has again turned to his old friend, Charlie.

Both artists work in abstract forms and ambiguous spaces but beyond that they could be a study in opposites. Leder’s work is bold and concise. His sharp edges and flat colors allow the viewer’s eyes to play in this two dimensional space. Sometimes zipping along and then disappearing behind an unexpected corner. The compositions tip toe between dissonance and harmony.

Marburg’s paintings are gentler. There is a softness to not only the brushstrokes, but the environment as well. The audience is pulled in by the artist’s use of positive and negative space and kept there by hints of recognition. An almost understanding.

Seeing the works together gives us unique insight into both of their processes and artistic strategies. But also reflects how we each seek peace and truth.

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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Jul 18

2016

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Laura Cooke and Eva Magill-Oliver Bring Collaboration to a New Level

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This spring we were introduced to the gorgeous ceramics of Laura Cooke by our friend Eva Magill-Oliver. Laura and Eva are killing it with these new collaborations that bring the world of painting and pottery so fluently together. Read more →