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.

The Wonder Of It All

Asheville Gallery of Art’s June show, “The Wonder Of It All,”

features the works of Anne McLaughlin and Sandra Brugh Moore, whose complementary painting styles capture the magic of experiencing the 

natural world. The show runs June 1-30 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. A reception for the artists will be June 7, from 5-8 at the gallery, 82 Patton Avenue.

"An Afternoon by the Stream" Anne Mclaughlin

"The Isle of Sky" Anne McLaughlin

Anne McLaughlin grew up in rural Kentucky where she learned to appreciate the beauty of the world. “I was endlessly fascinated by birds, flowers, and trees.” Though her life-long career was physical therapy, she continued to follow an interest in art and art history that evolved into learning to paint. She took classes at the Atlanta School of Art and also studied privately. Anne would spend time in art museums wherever she traveled, and studied photography and composition so she could continue spending time outdoors.

When Anne and her husband retired to Spring Creek in Madison County, she said the beauty of the area compelled her to try plein air painting. “I work primarily in oil and love capturing what I see when I sit by a stream or am out for a hike. I incorporate figures to tell a story, but leave room for the viewer to imagine their own. I am charmed and fascinated by the wonder of it all and love to share that with others.” 

"The Irish Sea" Anne McLaughlin

Sandra Brugh Moore believes wonder describes the area where we live. “Being sensitive to the landscape and trying to capture that feeling on paper is my artistic journey. Those special moments in time when the light reveals something extraordinary is why I paint.” Through experimentation, workshops, and studying books about watercolor she now says she has the confidence to put on paper what she sees and feels in nature.

"Place of Peace" Sandra Brugh Moore

The artist graduated from West Virginia University with BA in Art Education. Sandra paints with the Asheville Urban Landscape Painters and will be one of the demonstrators this summer. “Painting on location in plein air gives me the grounding I need in my work.” In the past five years, she has been adding pen and ink lines to some of her paintings. “This is a meditative process that takes what is old and turns it into something new; it’s my unique way of recycling.”

"Grove Park Inn View" Sandra Brugh Moore

The featured works by McLaughlin and Moore, as well as the paintings of the other 29 gallery members will be on display and for sale through the month of February. For further information about this show, 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.

"Evening Glow" Sandra Brugh Moore
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