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February 2020 Issue

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Works of art defining the contemporary age in WNC. Cover: ‘Downtown,’ 24x24, by Mark Bettis

Asheville’s Longest

Asheville’s Longest Established Fine Art Gallery with 31 Regional Artists Asheville Gallery of Art 's February Artists “Spring Awakening” for February at Asheville Gallery of Art BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE “Travel and art share a powerful partnership in my life,” says artist Terrilynn Dubreuil. “I have a passion for exploring new places and creating art that expresses strong emotions and spiritual sensitivity. I use color, light, and texture to convey a balance between Impressionism and Realism. All things are connected.” Dubreuil has taught various media and art techniques for 30 years. In 2020 she will be teaching at the Asheville Art Museum. Lisa Natasha Sousa, with roots in both the East and West of the US, is influenced by the flora of these disparate regions. “I primarily work in oils, slowly building up layers of saturated color, avoiding the use of solvents and mediums. My process entails focused attention, building patience, and fostering appreciation.” Sousa came to painting from working in community media and film in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Capturing the nuances and shifting light of landscapes in pastel or oils, is always an exhilarating and challenging experience,” says Alison Webb. “Much like Renaissance old masters painted a window in their compositions, I’ve framed my paintings of iconic images of familiar landscapes to evoke windows that look at the outside world.” Webb was a design forecaster and color expert for major corporations in the international textile industry. IF YOU GO Asheville Gallery of Art For further information about this show, Clockwise: “Bowl of Succulents,” by Lisa Natasha Sousa; “Pemaquid Awash,” by Terrilynn Dubreuil; “Meadow Pond,” by Alison Webb contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, visit the gallery website at: www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or their Facebook page. Asheville Gallery of Art’s February show, “Spring Awakening,” features diverse, visually rich works by three new members, Terrilynn Dubreuil, Lisa Sousa, and Alison Webb. The show runs February 1-29 during gallery hours, 11-6 pm Monday through Saturday and 11-4 pm. Sunday. A reception for the artists will be held on February 7, 5-8 pm at the gallery, 82 Patton Avenue. 14 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 23, NO. 6 — FEBRUARY 2020

February's Cover artist Mark Bettis Clockwise: Mark Bettis, (photo by Matt Rose); Victoria Pinney; Cason Rankin; “Rolling Sunset,” by Mark Bettis; “Leave a Light In,” 40 x 40, by Victoria Pinney; Inside the Mark Bettis Studio and Gallery Two new artists are now at Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery BY STAFF REPORTS • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, located in the heart of the River Arts District, at 123 Roberts Street, offers contemporary art from emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery is easily accessible on the street-level. His mission is to provide thought-provoking, museum-quality, beautiful art to the public. Featuring exceptional paintings, original prints, and innovative glass and metal sculptures, Mark’s gallery also has art openings throughout the year, check out his website at www.markbettisgallery. com for more information. This year Mark is welcoming two new artists to his studio/gallery at 123 Roberts Street in the WEDGE Building. Joining painter Mark Bettis, glass artist Deb Williams, sculptor, and painter David Sheldon and collage artist Grant Penny are Victoria Pinney and Cason Rankin. Victoria Pinney’s brightly colored abstractions have been shown in galleries from coast to coast and are in private collections across the country. Art Galleries and Artists of the South recently identified Victoria as an “emerging artist”. Pinney says, “I’ve always been moved by color and texture. With the elements I use in my painting - oils, wax, and sand - I build up layers and layers of ‘history’ which I scratch through and then build up again until the image reveals itself. To me, my paintings feel ancient, as though they contain all of history. They allow peeks at the past through erosion of the present - each layer partially visible through the next. The textured surface is as essential in appreciating the painting as color or shape.” Cason Rankin creates paintings of figures and faces. This can be either people or wildlife. The emotional impact of a portrait is just as essential as the image. The painting is exactly right when it’s as if the essence of that person or animal has entered the room. She conveys the intensity of what the person or animal is feeling in a single moment in time. Rankin has participated in numerous national and international shows, including the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition, the International Miniature Art Society, and the World Federation of Miniature Art. She was also included in the National Watercolor Society traveling exhibition and have been fortunate to have received awards in numerous national and state shows. IF YOU GO Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery 123 Roberts St., Asheville (941) 587-9502 www.markbettisgallery.com VOL. 23, NO. 6 — FEBRUARY 2020 | RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | 15