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November 2019 Rapid River Magazine

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RAD ART Exhibit

RAD ART Exhibit showcases Asheville artists’s diverse interpretation of the figure BY STAFF REPORTS • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE The Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery will host an exhibition of Asheville artists’ diverse approaches to the figure in “Larger Than Life.” Over a dozen artists will take on the wide-open and wonderful subjectivity of the “larger than life” theme, using a variety of media. The show is sure to elicit surprise, amusement, and contemplation from viewers as they drink in these works’ expansive interpretations. The freedom within the “larger than life” premise allows the artists to break away from more literal and traditional figurative studies. The very phrase conjures countless subjective associations that accompany life’s rich moments, both mundane and momentous: · A satisfying, true belly laugh · Falling in love · Momentary intense joy · A single clear memory · Authentic self expression “Larger Than Life,” by Deb Williams The group of local artists whose works constitute Larger Than Life prove that, since life enpasses limitless thoughts, feelings, and experiences, the concept of approaching the figure artistically is equally immeasurable. Bettis intentionally curated an array of works that capture the senses but spur interactive engagement as well – and with that, provoke the viewer’s emotional investment. “To be or experience something ‘larger than life’ isn’t just one thing, feeling, or person; we’ve all internalized different, but equally meaningful moments and this reality gives the show special power,” says Bettis. Larger Than Life will debut with an opening reception from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on November 9th, 2019 at Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, located at 123 Roberts Street in the River Arts District’s historic WEDGE building. All the works on display will be offered for sale. The reception will give guests the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists about their creative processes, learn what shapes and fuels their work, and ask questions. Refreshments and light hors d’ouevres will be served. 12 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 23, NO. 3 NOVEMBER 2019 Artists in Show: Mark Bettis, Deb Williams, Rand Kramer, Joyce Thornburg, Angela Cunningham, Ray Fawley, René Roberts, Jesse Jason,

RAD ART Rosa Friedrichs Photo by Nick LaFone “Strength,” Mark Bettis “Flora Fauna,” Ben Hamburger, 78x30 Christopher Peterson, Melanie Norris Dulaney, Duane Potosky, Anna Koloseike, Ben Hamburger and Bruno Lenze About Mark Bettis: Though his home base is now Asheville, Mark Bettis is a Chicago native and later attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. His educational and professional history includes experience with computer animation and advertising, but it’s his love of fine art that he decided to fully pursue. One of the most intentional steps in his journey as an artist was his move to the creative mecca of Asheville. Bettis’ work is known for its stylistic eclecticism, bold energy, rich color, and texture augmented with natural materials. Bettis himself is recognized as an enthusiastic teacher who shares his knowledge and processes – like using cold wax in the art making process – during his studio workshop classes. As an active member of the community-at-large, and a proponent of local artists, he has created a connected and energetic community of peers. Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery Larger Than Life will be on view from November 9-25, Monday-Saturday, 10-5pm. For more information on the exhibition and the Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, please visit www.markbettisgallery. com or contact Bettis at (941) 587-9502 or email: IF YOU GO VOL. 23, NO. 3 — NOVEMBER 2019 | RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | 13