Friday, October 29, 2010

Haunted: Photography by Sebastian Collett

These images are ambassadors from my ever-growing ocean of images;

they form the tip of an iceberg of perceptions, thoughts and feelings about the world.

Emissaries from the unseen, they are cresting now for just a moment before their inevitable disappearance. ~ S. Collett.

It's been a few years since photographer Sebastian Collett has exhibited his photographs in Asheville. For the month of November his photos will once again be on display at The Chase Gallery located in the NC Stage Company lobby, 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville.

His show,
Haunted is an installation of images he has taken across the country and in Europe.

Says Collett: "I am haunted by these photographs, as I am by the times they represent.They simultaneously reveal and conceal me. Some depict places literally haunted – by what's happened or by the anticipation of what's to come."

Opening Reception is Saturday October 30
6 - 7 pm

The show hangs thru November 30th.

To see more of Collett's work visit

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ladylike: art imitates life

"Exploring the dark side of female relationships" is the theme of Ladylike, a group art show currently on display at Satellite Gallery in downtown Asheville. Guest curator Alli Good came up with the idea when she found a box full of letters passed between her friends in high school, and realized that women's relationships with each other aren't as sugar and spice as they appear to be.

What I find most interesting about the Ladylike exhibit are the thoughtful collaborations that ensued between artists. Gallery owner, Bill Thompson really did a great job hanging the work by allowing each art piece to speak for itself and compliment neighboring pieces.

As a participant, I am honored to exhibit my paintings in conjunction with the amazing work of 10 other female Asheville artists. It was a pleasure -- and admittedly awkward at times -- to get together with this group for planning sessions. I would go to to the meetings with the theme of the show front and center in my mind -- amused and self conscious of my own behavior with these women. In this case life was imitating art that imitates life.

Ladylike will be on display until November 21st at Satellite Gallery located at 55 Broadway.
Read more about the show: Frenemies Like These, written by Alli Marshall for The Mountain Xpress.

Installation by Alli Good. Drawing by Kreh Mellick

Detail of note created by Alli Good

R. Brooke Priddy and Kreh Mellick collaboration

Ceramic figurines by Sarah Danforth. Paintings by Ursula Gullow

Video by Megan McKissack. Photography by Drea Jackson

Mixed media piece by Sarah Cavalieri

Collaborations by Nicole McConville, Julie Armbruster, Alli Good and R. Brooke Priddy

Detail of installation by Tara Jensen

Photograph by Meg Reilley

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ceramic Sculptures by JoAnna Fireman

"The sculptures I create focus on many aspects of our wild instinctual psyche as articulated through animal and human forms. Stripped down to their bare bones, these creatures exhibit a primitive life force, both fierce and vulnerable."

"I approach the clay as I would an unknown animal, with my senses fully open."

"A creature may emerge in a recognizable form speaking of its plight or its magnificence."

"More often the form appears mysterious, inviting me to wonder about its nature, our nature, and our relationship."

See more of JoAnna Fireman's sculptures at
Or visit Odyssey Clay Center to see the work in person.