Featured Artist for June
Asheville Gallery of Art will feature the work of Al Junek during the month of June. His show, titled “Recent Works,” will feature Junek’s focus on the atmospheric landscape of mist, fog, or colorful skies so typical of the weather systems found in our mountain area. “I try to share the beauty of a particular place or moment in a way that will transport viewers to that spot so they can experience much the same sights or feelings that moved me to stop and take it in,” says Junek.
The artist is fascinated by light and its resulting values, which are captured in many of his works. Junek attributes his affinity for painting atmospheric effects to having lived in coastal areas over the years and now living in the Blue Ridge. Most of the works in the show will be watercolor or pastel on paper along with some pencil drawings. Also included in the exhibit will be a sprinkling of experimental watercolors on canvas and birch panel.
A native of Texas, Junek began painting in 1989 after formal training at the Baton Rouge Fine Arts Academy. He has continued his studies in workshops taught by nationally known artists. His works hang in numerous private and corporate collections as well as in museums. Junek resides in Hendersonville, having moved to the area in 2000 after retiring from a career in engineering.
The show will run June 1 through 30. The public is invited to the opening reception on June 5, 5 to 8 p.m., where they can view Junek’s work as well as the works of the 27 other gallery artists. Asheville Gallery of Art is located at 16 College Street, across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. You can contact the gallery at 828-251-5796, or visit their website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com.
Asheville Gallery of Art’s July show, “Simple Moment,” features the work of Sahar Fakhoury. The show runs July 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. A reception for the artist will be held August 2, from 5-8 at the gallery, 82 Patton Avenue.
Sahar's body of work is cautiously manipulated layer upon layer in order to create a work of art as equivalent as possible to the complexity of real life. They are an attempt to depict the expression of the human condition at that moment, and strike a pleasing balance between the classical and the contemporary.
"Beautiful Morning" Sahar Fakhoury
"I am interested and fascinated by the human figure. Images of everyday life as I see them,
and tweak them to fit my composition, records the history of the moment. In this series of
new works, I am exploring the art of portrait with a twist, but still maintaining the likeness
and essence of the subjects that I paint, infusing the paintings with vivid light and color. I take my subjects out of the original content, leaving a lot of room for viewer’s interpretations and imaginations to where and why this took place.
Some of the figures are portrayed in motion, others are in a simple position. The figures in
motion to me represents the instability of our life. We are always changing directions, or
moving to another city or country, or changing jobs, or a sudden change in our health, are
just some examples. Some of us, put several hats on, daily."
"At the Window" Sahar Fakhoury
"Shadows" Sahar Fakhoury
The majority of Sahar’s subjects are from people she encounters on the street or by
chance. “Sometimes I look for people with a certain idea in mind, and other times I see a person, who lights up an idea for a painting”.
Sahar Fakhoury is a resident of the Asheville Area for the past 29 years. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNC Asheville. She exhibited her work in solo and group shows in several states and abroad, for over 30 years. Her work hangs in both public and private collections around the world.
In addition to the Human figure, Sahar paints landscapes, and still lives, as well as
ceramic sculpture. She does commissions of all subjects including painting in live wedding and live events. In her studio in the river arts district she teaches oil painting classes.