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.

Reflection and Interpretation

Asheville Gallery of Art’s November show, “Reflection and Interpretation,” features the work of Michael Robinson with his landscapes of mountains and coast as well as pen and ink sketches from world travels.The show runs November 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 artist will be held November 1, 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, 82 Patton Avenue.

"French Broad Hominy" Michael Robinson

“Beyond the pure tactile and creative pleasure of smearing oil paint on canvas, I try to find ways to convey the unique sensory experience of being in a special place, “ Michael says. “In the mountains, these experiences can encompass crossing high shadowed peaks and grassy balds or walking along bouldered streams with swirling eddies. In the Low Country, it may be the color of the ocean under passing clouds, a tideline at sunrise, or a rippled tidal creek under a full moon.” 

"Mt. Mitchell view" Michael Robinson

Michael grew up in Mitchell County, North Carolina, where he sketched and painted from an early age. In college, he set aside art to make room for architecture at the NC State University School of Design. Being drafted into the army sidelined his career. When he returned home, he studied photography and printmaking at the Penland School of Craft before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at UNC Greensboro. He was a practicing architect for more than 30 years. 

"Footlog" Michael Robinson

Michael's drawings from his sketchbooks include scenes of China, Morocco, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. “Over the years, I’ve learned to artfully linger behind and steal what's important with just a few strokes of the pen.The challenge is not to record every detail, but to look into the human experience of the moment and bring it to life.”

"Big Sky Pawleys" Michael Robinson

The featured works by Michael Robinson, as well as the paintings of the other 30 gallery members will be on display and for sale through the month of November. 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.

"Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Spain"

Michael Robinson

"Black Balsam Ridge" Michael Robinson
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