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 March show, “Fresh Air,” will feature the work of Sue Dolamore whose plein air paintings show her love both of the process and the natural environment. The show runs March 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery, located at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, across from Pritchard Park, will host a reception for the artist on Friday, March 1, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to stop by.
"By the Peaceful Pond" Sue Dolamore
The artist took up painting in 2014 by signing up for a class at A-B Tech. “I was willing to take risks, experiment with various media and techniques, and trust my instincts.” She heeded the advice of local masters and committed to regular practice. “It takes sincere desire to achieve this level of skill in plein air painting,” says Dolamore. “You have to love the process of painting as well as the natural environment, both of which can present many challenges.”
"Beau Catcher's View" Sue Dolamore
Sue’s studio is the wide-open world. Much of her work is painted en plein air within a 30-mile radius of Asheville. “I find the landscape deeply affecting and am fascinated with the diversity of mountains, skies, forests, farms, and fields that are unique to the region.” The artist brings her personality onto the canvas. “I can be impulsive, though most know me as a generous woman with a practical mind and energetic spirit. Yet, there has always been a bit of the wild in me.” Her well-structured compositions, rendered in a harmonious color palette with playful yet deliberate brushstrokes, reaffirms this combination of traits.
"Golden Afternoon" Sue Dolamore
Sue Dolamore is the director of the Asheville Urban Landscape Painters, one of the most active and largest plein air painting groups in the Southeast. She is also a member of WNC Carolina Plein Air Painters (WNCPAP) and North Carolina Plein Air Painters (NCPAP). She lives with her husband, youngest daughter, and two cats on a ridge above the Ivy River. “My impressionistic paintings of the landscape strive to tap into our longing for a sense of place and the desire for a deeper understanding of the world around us.”
"Leicester Farm" Sue Dolamore
Dolamore’s work, as well as the paintings of the other 30 gallery members, will be on display and for sale through the month of March. 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.