Featured Artist for June

"Recent Works"


Al Junek


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.

Energy and Life

Asheville Gallery of Art’s December show, “Energy and Life” features the works of Sun Sohovich and Kari Swanson. Their complementary blend of impressionistic and abstract styles creates glimpses of everyday life filled with vitality and color. The show runs December 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11-4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery, located at 82 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville across from Pritchard Park, will host a reception for the artists on Friday, December 7, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

"Sunflowers on the Walk" Sun Sohovich

Sun Sohovich is an oil painter working in many genres who is best known for her landscapes, seascapes, figures, and still lives. Sun taught herself painting through trial and experimentation, guided by her favorite master artists Quang Ho, Laura Robb, and Phil Starke. She enjoys depicting a strong sense of light and shadow and balancing hard and soft lines to create depth. “This show is about everyday life, what I see, what I feel, what is happening around me. Finding joy and happiness in life and expressing them through my paintings is what I love to do."

"Ballerina Getting Ready" Sun Sohovich

Sun is originally from Seoul, Korea, and has lived in the United States since 1985. She resides in Waynesville, NC, with her husband and two dogs.

She is affiliated with the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, WNC Plein Air Painters, Asheville Urban Landscape Painters, and Haywood County Arts Council.

"Two Dogs Walking on the Beach"  Sun Sohovich

Kari Swanson says of her work, “The intensity of the colors and vibrancy of Asheville and the surrounding area are a constant inspiration to me, and

I try to incorporate all of these images into my paintings.” Kari primarily uses acrylic paint, but also likes to experiment with chalk, ink, and oil pastels. She uses texture and color to reflect the image and its movement to create a feeling and mood. For this show, Kari seeks to, “inspire my viewers with their own stories and interpretations of what they see in the work and make a personal connection with each piece.” 

"Come Together" Kari Swanson

Kari studied at the Art Institute of Chicago as a young artist, and continued her education later in life at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She completed her studies in the art program at Miami University of Ohio. She has been represented in galleries in Beaufort and Charleston, SC, and was also a gallery owner and exhibitor at the Low Country Artist Gallery, Ltd. in Charleston, SC.

"Changing" Kari Swanson

The work of the two artists, as well as the work of the other 29 gallery members, will be on display and for sale through the month of December. For further information about this show, you can contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or go to the gallery Facebook page

"Exuberance" Kari Swanson

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