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ART SHOW Aaron Siskind: A Painter’s photography and works on paper BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE This exhibition of vintage photographs by Aaron Siskind reveals his elegant approach to abstraction through photography. Siskind taught photography at BMC during the summer of 1951 (along with Harry Callahan, Arthur Siegel, and Hazel Larsen Archer). As the only photographer accepted as an equal by the abstract expressionist painters, Siskind’s work remains as powerful today as it was in the 1950s. The exhibition also includes selected works on paper by BMC artists Aaron Siskind, Chicago 1949 John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem de Kooning, Ray Johnson, and Jack Tworkov from private collections. IF YOU GO BMCM+AC February 1 - March 18 120 College Street | Asheville, NC www.blackmountaincollege.org 8 |RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019

310 ART COVER STORY “Moon Shadow” ink, 18x24, by Fleta Monaghan “The Three Muses” ink, 18x20, by Fleta Monaghan Fleta Monaghan’s diverse work has pushed her to new levels of creativity BY STAFF REPORTS • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE “I started in oil paint as a teen and during those years also did explorations in many materials from papermaking to marbling with oil paints,” says Fleta Monaghan. “I was fascinated with the properties of materials and how color worked in visual art,” she continues. “I have got degrees, but most of my education was self-teaching, learning how different pigments worked, how to put things together in sculpture and even how I could collect useless things like the old screws and metal bits that once littered the grounds in the district into something beautiful and meaningful.” She now explores with encaustic mixed media, oils and ink paintings and a frequent comment Monaghan hears is her work is very diverse. But, at the heart of all her work, there is a common thread both visually and in meaning. “In everything, I do there is a reference to our place in nature. Landscapes are always present. Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019 Color is always a key component to the work. An attempt to understand the passage of time and the vastness of the universe never leaves my thinking when making art. I think that knowing everything is so much bigger than I am allowed me to take chances with new ideas without fear of being judged or making mistakes. And there is so much diversity all around us.” Monaghan founded 310 ART in 2006 in a oneroom studio. In 2009 she began expanding the space and started a gallery that has grown in the past ten years, now with five resident artist spaces and 13 exhibitors. She has seen the district emerge into a vital arts scene and all along the way she has explored new methods, materials, and imagery in art. As distressed old buildings have been repurposed into comfortable and eclectic studios and artists have flocked to the district, Monaghan has constantly allowed her art to evolve. “Just like art making is a process, the growth of the studio has magically happened. The district has transformed from a collection of old mostly abandoned buildings into a vital arts community. I think it is rather parallel to living the life of an artist and making art. “There is constant transformation, growth and making something out of the most basic materials and things that are abandoned or consider common. Just think, paints started as dirt, rock and plant materials bound in something easy to find such as plant oil or beeswax. I think this connection to the most basic and earthy materials allows me the freedom to explore and always be trying new things. It is sort of like making grownup mud pies or sand castles.” IF YOU GO 310 Art See the work of Fleta Monaghan at 310 ART, 191 Lyman St, #310, Asheville, NC 28801. M-Sun 12-4 and by appointment. Gallery@310art.com, 310art.com RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE | 9