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  • Thanks, WLOS!

    Momentum is on the move!
    by Karen Groce

    We'd like to thank our local Asheviile ABC news affiliate, WLOS, for taking the time to interview owner/director Jordan Ahlers, regarding our upcoming move to 52 Broadway. We are so excited about what this will mean for our artists, clients, and community. We will continue to represent the best makers in the region and having more gallery space will allow us to bring in nationally known artists to help define Asheville as an arts destination. 

     

    Thank you so much for your support!

  • The BIG News: Momentum on Broadway

    Momentum Gallery to Continue Its Growth and Impact
    by Liz Rabban
    52 Broadway, Photo Credit: James Harrison, 2018
    52 Broadway, Photo Credit: James Harrison, 2018

    Jordan Ahlers is thrilled to announce the acquisition of a 21,000 square foot building in the heart of downtown Asheville, located at 52 Broadway, for the permanent home of his newest venture, Momentum Gallery. Momentum initially opened at 24 N Lexington Avenue and will remain in that location as well as on Broadway through the end of 2018. Momentum’s early success came as a direct result of the relationships he developed as a fourth generation Ashevillian and local art insider for two decades.

     

    Momentum Gallery opened at 24 N Lexington Avenue in October 2017, Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson 

     

    Momentum Gallery opened in October 2017 and immediately took the art world by storm. Within its first 4 months, Momentum attended three international art fairs, acquiring clients from across the United States and placing artwork worldwide. Owner/Director Jordan Ahlers has credited his excellent staff for supporting him in building a reputation for Momentum Gallery as a world class gallery in the tiny town of Asheville. Tourists and locals alike often can be overheard discussing how much Momentum Gallery has improved the local arts scene and raised the bar for galleries within the region. Karen Groce, Art Consultant at Momentum Gallery, recently commented “the most frequent compliment we hear is ‘this gallery doesn’t look anything like other Asheville galleries. The quality is more in line with New York City.’”

     

    Shifra Ahlers, Business Manager, attributes all the praise to her husband, Jordan, who has been an often sought after opinion on the fine arts. Shifra continued “Jordan opened Momentum with a combination of artists whose careers he had been deeply committed to for many years as well as some emerging artists that are just beginning to earn recognition and other more established artists that are new to showing in Asheville. I am so proud of who he is and what he has accomplished – but I am just thrilled for the future of our artists, our gallery, our family, and our community. Jordan has been a workhorse for the development of the fine arts community here in Asheville and I am honored to help him fulfill his vision and commitment.”

     

    We asked one of Momentum’s clients what was different about this gallery. Susan’s response included “Jordan. Everybody loves Jordan. He helped educate me for the past ten or so years. His eye is extraordinary. He gets me. Of course, he has the best artists in the region at Momentum but I also love how he has integrated new artists from around the country. In particular, I am happy to have the exposure to artists who he thinks are worthy of showing in his space. I already bought multiple pieces from people who I had never heard of before Momentum opened. And I love them.”

    Jordan and his represented artist partners, Oct 2017, Credit: Laurie Johnson

     

    Mariella Bisson, a landscape painter that had previously never shown her work in the south, spoke enthusiastically about her relationship with Momentum Gallery, offering that she has been a professional artist for many years with a lot of success but has never sold multiple large paintings through a gallery in her first few weeks with them. “I show my work in top galleries across the country and I am thrilled to be represented now by Jordan Ahlers in Asheville. My paintings are about the force and beauty of nature. Jordan has a finely-honed sense for choosing artwork to energize interiors large and small, balancing art, architecture and the outdoor landscape. When I am planning a painting for Momentum, it has to be the best, most ambitious work I can make, because everything about this gallery is on the highest level. There is a unique bond between artist and gallerist. It must transcend business into realms of friendship. We have to share trust and mutual creative growth. The professionalism and kindness that imbues Momentum Gallery inspires my practice.”

     

    Jordan Ahlers knew from a young age he would have a career in the arts. Though he was a part of the gifted program in elementary and middle school, his creativity and talent propelled him to an art magnet high school during which time he also began working at the renowned J.B. Speed Art Museum. He continued on to the lofty Kansas City Art Institute with a scholarship, where he developed talent in multiple forms of media. He acquired an affinity for glass and began representing artists nationwide as a means of generating extra income. By the time he began working at a gallery in Florida in the mid 1990s, he was quickly promoted to gallery director within a year. He developed an eye for what was both interesting and marketable. He further honed his craft during an 18 year tenure at Blue Spiral, a large southeastern craft gallery in western North Carolina. He easily developed relationships with artists and clients who appreciated his kindness and candor. His intuitive aesthetic became so refined that he became an advisor to corporate and individual clients on a daily basis. He became invaluable in the world of art and design. Upon opening a gallery of his own, Jordan reflected, “it was always part of my plan. My former boss and I had discussed it for years. I am creating my destiny. I am fulfilling the vision that I have held for the last decade and it feels awesome to have such support from my partners, my family, my artists, my clients, my community, and the larger art world. I am grateful.”

    Ann and John Campbell are partners with Jordan Ahlers in Momentum Gallery, Credit: Laurie Johnson

     

    For additional coverage regarding Momentum's big news, check out the following:

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/04/20/historic-52-broadway-longtime-asheville-nc-retail-building-sold-4-75-m/536586002/

    Mountain Xpress

    https://mountainx.com/blogwire/52-broadway-building-changes-hands-to-host-momentum-gallery/

  • Broadway Cultural Festival - May 5th, 3-9PM

    How cool is this? Hope to see you there!
    by Jordan Ahlers

    Momentum Gallery in downtown will be taking its place in a new and permanent location at 52 Broadway in the coming months. Momentum Gallery, along with new neighbors the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Black Mountain College Museum, Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR), Mora, and The Satellite Gallery join to create the Cultural Gateway to the City of Asheville through the Broadway Arts District. This creative corridor to the city of Asheville welcomes visitors and residents alike to the vast array of community partners pioneering to create a sustainable and culturally-rich downtown. Welcoming all forms of the arts through local public radio, museums, galleries, jewelers, and committed citizens, the Broadway Arts District is defining the downtown landscape through its collective undertaking to increase awareness for the arts in Western North Carolina.

     

    Saturday, May 5th, Creative Intervention will be taking place! Here is a link to the Facebook event:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/178461079471954/

     

     

    Press release from MountainTrue: 

    Have you ever experienced the gritty charm of downtown Asheville’s largely undiscovered Carolina Lane? Perhaps you are more familiar with its more famous cousin, Chicken Alley? On May 5, these alleyways and nearby streets will host a Creative Intervention – that is, a one-day event that prototypes design interventions and art-based solutions that shift how the public interacts with urban spaces.

    The event is free and open to the public. It is one component of the Broadway Cultural Gateway project, an effort to transform Broadway Street into a central artery for a vibrant arts and cultural district stretching from its intersection with Woodfin Street to the cultural attractions of Pack Place.

    Saturday, May 5
    3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Creative Intervention Event
    Broadway Cultural Gateway Study Area:
    Broadway Street to N. Lexington, Walnut Street to Woodfin

    The Asheville Design Center (ADC), the Center for Craft, UNC Asheville students and faculty, UNCA STEAM Studio, Asheville Downtown Association, and League of Creative Interventionists, among others, will activate the study area to engage the public around what’s possible. For example, the Center for Craft will host a pop-up makerspace and ‘repair cafe’ in its Carolina Lane-facing basement, along with a temporary parklet in front of the Broadway Street entrance.

    “We believe that Asheville’s future is largely dependent on the health of our creative sector and its relationship to the built environment,” says Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft. “We are thrilled to be working with the such a strong team of community partners, including ADC, to prototype potential future scenarios on May 5th. The event is an opportunity to creatively engage the community for input and ideas, which will inform a broader community vision for the neighborhood,” says Moore.

    Activities include:
         • art installations and live performances by UNC-Asheville students and faculty Temporary Pop-up Makerspace & ‘Repair Cafe’ at the Center for Craft, including interactive activities offered by Center for Craft, Penland School of Crafts, UNCA STEAM Studio, Horse & Hero, Roots & Wings, Asheville Makers, Diamond Brand, Echoview Fiber Mill.

    • “Ghost Signs” Historic Tour with Jack Thomson of the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County

    • LEAF Easel Rider Van
         • Blue Ridge Public Radio pop-up cafe
         • Buchi Kombucha
         • Asheville Buskers Collective
         • American Myth Center

    The May 5 Creative Intervention Event is an opportunity for the public to experience the potential of a “creative intervention” to transform difficult and unexpected public spaces. ADC’s team of design and planning experts will collect community feedback and data from the event to inform both a long-term implementation plan for the Broadway Cultural Gateway project.

    “As part of this design experiment, we’re keeping Carolina Lane open to cars and trucks. The alley is used for parking, to access private garages and by delivery drivers and garbage trucks,” explains Chris Joyell, director of the Asheville Design Center (a program of MountainTrue). “That’s not going to change, so it’s important for us to test how pedestrians and vehicles can safely share the same place.”

     

    https://mountaintrue.org/event/creative-intervention-event/

  • Artist Reception with Mariella Bisson

    Friday, April 27th, 4-7pm
    by Shifra Ahlers

    Mariella Bisson, Waterfall Panorama, Mixed media on linen, 34 x 74 x 2 inches

    Mariella Bisson, Waterfall Panorama, Oil and mixed media on linen, 34 x 74 x 2 inches

     

    Momentum Gallery is pleased to host an Artist Reception with landscape painter, Mariella Bisson, on Friday, April 27th, from 4-7pm. This is a rare opportunity to meet Mariella and see some of her recent works, as she visits from New York. Wine and light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. 

     

    You can learn more about Mariella Bisson here: https://momentumgallery.com/artists/34-mariella-bisson/overview/

     Mariella Bisson and Jordan Ahlers, Momentum Gallery, October 2017

    Mariella Bisson and Jordan Ahlers, Momentum Gallery, October 2017

     

    “My mixed media paintings read as landscape, rock and water. They dissolve into abstraction and geometry. I begin with a field painting created outdoors on site. I avoid the use of photography, preferring to base my compositions on drawing and field painting having the immediacy and power of landscape in its rocky reality.

    "I move between abstraction and figuration making images of primal forces -- gravity, light and darkness, endless geological time. Collage satisfies my need to improvise, to work quickly, using accidental and impromptu marks, drawing and painting freely across a textured surface of paper fragments. Layers of paper replicate geological layers of rock under pressure. Small flickering fragments of paper communicate the effects of sunlight and moving shadows.” – Mariella Bisson

    Mariella Bisson, Trees, Morning Mist, Smoky Mountains, Oil and mixed media on linen 38 x 50 x 2 inches
    Mariella Bisson, 
    Tress, Morning Mist, Smoky Mountains, Oil and mixed media on linen, 38 x 50 x 2 inches

     

    Born and raised in Northern Vermont, Mariella Bisson earned a BFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1978. Her work has won many awards including three years of support from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (1990 and 2014-15) and a 2012 NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowship in Painting. She has been awarded grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg’s CHANGE Foundation, the Artists Fellowship, The Dutka Foundation and others. Her travels have included more than 25 residencies, such as Byrdcliffe, The Hambidge Center, The Banff Centre, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Santa Fe Art Institute. 

    Her paintings can be found in corporate collections including Philip Morris, Pfizer, White & Case LLP, Wedge Capital Management, Albemarle Corporation, Talisman, Dun and Bradstreet, Standard & Poors, and many others. Her paintings are also in several hospital collections including Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC and New Jersey, The Mayo Clinic, The North Georgia Health Service Hospital at Braselton, Ga., Fletcher Allen Hospital in Vermont, and Orange County Regional Medical Center in N.Y.

    Mariella Bisson, Waterfall, Time and the Forest, Oil and mixed media on linen 40 x 30 x 2 inches

     

    Mariella Bisson, Waterfall, Time and Forest. Oil and mixed media on linen, 40 x 30 x 2 inches
  • Opening Reception Sunday, May 6th, 5-8pm

    New Works by Michael Barringer, Jeannine Marchand & Michael Enn Sirvet
    by Shifra Ahlers

    We are so excited to open a new exhibition of recent works by gallery artists, Michael Barringer and Jeannine Marchand, and to introduce the works of sculptor Michael Enn Sirvet on Sunday, May 6th, from 5-8pm. All three artists will be in attendance for the opening reception. Vibrant works by abstract painter Michael Barringer complement the sensuous, anthropomorphic sculptures by ceramicist Jeannine Marchand and architectonic works by sculptor Michael Enn Sirvet. This show opens May 6th and runs through June 23, 2018.

     

    Michael Barringer, GB No. 7, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

    Michael Barringer, GB No. 7, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

     

    Michael Barringer's dynamic abstract paintings, draw inspiration from a multitude of sources including poetry, archaeology, astronomy, music, literature, and art history. Michael channels sensations, emotions, and ideas through his work mixing gestural, intuitive mark-making with organic forms, building layer upon layer of gesso, charcoal, pastel, acrylic paints and waxy oil pigment to make complex works that reflect the history of his process.

     

     Michael Barringer, Bloomstone (Burnt Norton), mixed media on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

     Michael Barringer, Bloomstone (Burnt Norton), mixed media on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

     

    Jeannine Marchand, Folds XCV, unglazed ceramic in steel frame, 50 x 50 x 2 inches

     

    Sculptor Jeannine Marchand's sublime artistry makes unglazed white clay appear like draped fabric nestled within a steel frame. Marchand's freestanding and wall-mounted sculptures are minimalist and modern, yet remain visually engaging and accessible. Their allure comes through smooth, sensual folds thoughtfully arranged in cascading compositions which gently explore interplay of light and shadow.

     

    Jeannine Marchand, Folds LXXVIII, unglazed ceramic in steel frame, 36 x 24 x 2 inches

     Jeannine Marchand, Folds LXXVIII, unglazed ceramic in steel frame, 36 x 24 x 2 inches

     

    Michael Enn Sirvet, Kasha-Katuwe, powder-coated aluminum, 19 x 22 x 11 inches

     Michael Enn Sirvet, Kasha-Katuwe, powder-coated aluminum, 19 x 22 x 11 inches

     

    This exhibition marks the Asheville debut of Michael Enn Sirvet's sculpture, which can be found in major collections throughout the world. Many of his works feature organic and complex patterns formed from subtractive methods which balance negative and positive space. The artist hopes, "the simple intricacies of my abstracted, purified forms and assemblages will invoke recognition and impart the wonder I feel for nature." Michael's previous career as a structural engineer is evident in his multi-faceted architectural metal, stone, and wood sculptures.

     

    Michael Enn Sirvet, Rousseau Rain Mirror, aluminum, 26 x 44 x 1 inches

     Michael Enn Sirvet, Rousseau Rain Mirror, aluminum, 26 x 44 x 1 inches

     

    An artist reception for this exhibition takes place at Momentum Gallery, located at 24 North Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville, on Sunday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Opening Reception Sunday, March 11, 5-8pm

    Pairing of Gallery Artists: Bill Hall | Maltby Sykes & Christian Burchard | Drew Galloway
    by Jordan Ahlers
    Opening Reception Sunday, March 11, 5-8pm

    Sunday, March 11th, from 5-8pm, Momentum Gallery, in downtown Asheville, opens two new exhibitions pairing gallery artists. Local printmaker Bill Hall makes his Asheville gallery debut in a show that plays his graphic works off those of the late Maltby Sykes (1911-1992), while landscape paintings on found metal by Drew Galloway are presented with works by renowned wood sculptor, Christian Burchard. These two Duos run through April 28, 2018.


    Master printer Bill Hall worked with several well-known artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, and Chuck Close during his 30-year career with Pace Editions in New York. Hall’s recent original prints combine aquatint with collage in graphic, minimalist compositions that play with the viewer’s perception of depth, while nuanced surfaces created from organically scratched copper plates provide visual interest to the work.

     

     

    Bill Hall, Flipped, Aquatint etching with dry point, collage 14 5/8 x 24 5/8 inches

     

    Hall’s prints complement vintage lithographs and mezzotints from the 1950s and 60s by Modernist Maltby Sykes (1911-1992). Revered by generations of students, Sykes was Professor Emeritus of Printmaking at Auburn University, where he taught for many years. Having trained with John Sloan in New York, Diego Rivera in Mexico, and André Lhote and Fernand Léger in Paris, Sykes conquered diverse printmaking techniques and sophisticated subject matter inspired by his travels, mythology, and world events during his lifetime.

     

     

    Maltby Skyes (1911-1992), Caterpillar, Mezzotint, 8 x 18

     

    Drew Galloway creates his signature painterly works on asymmetrical applied sheets of metal. This unique canvas provides patina and texture, adding depth to his masterful ability to paint reflections of light, trees and sky in pools of rippling water. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Galloway attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Memphis Academy of Art and received his BFA at the Atlanta College of Art in 1987.

     

     

    Drew Galloway, September Song, Oil on tin, 36 x 48 inches

     

    Nationally recognized for his artistic achievements, Galloway has exhibited extensively throughout the Southeast, where his works are in numerous public, private and corporate collections. Complementing the natural movement in Galloway’s paintings, is the work of Christian Burchard, a master wood sculptor born in Hamburg, Germany, now living and working in Oregon. 

     

     

    Christian Burchard, Baskets 18 parts, Pacific madrone burl

     

    Burchard uses green, unpredictable wood from the Pacific Madrone burl, which naturally warps and twists, changing shape as it dries, making his final forms unique and nearly impossible to replicate. His works can be found in the permanent collections of over 30 prestigious museums across the country.

     

    An artist reception for both Duo exhibitions (Hall/Sykes & Burchard/Galloway) takes place at Momentum Gallery on Sunday, March 11 from 5-8 p.m. In keeping with the duo theme, the refreshments at the reception will include thoughtful pairings of craft beer/wine and cheese. This event is free and open to the public.

     

     

     

  • Artist Profile: Michael Barringer

    The Georgia artist creates works as part of a series, often inspired by art history, archaeology, anthropology and literature
    by Shifra Ahlers
    Painter Michael Barringer with Momentum Gallery Director Jordan Ahlers
    Painter Michael Barringer with Momentum Gallery Director Jordan Ahlers

    Momentum Gallery (MG) Michael, thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to join us today. We appreciate it! Michael, tell us. What led you to becoming an artist?

    Michael Barringer (MB)  Well, my mom is an avid reader and my dad was a true nature lover - I think those two influences definitely show up in how and why I do my work.

     

    In fact, I come from a line of artisans; my maternal grandfather was  a quarryman who made his own tools and took a huge interest in crafting. My paternal grandfather was a blacksmith and a railway man who helped to build steam engines. He made things out of wrought iron, he painted watercolours, he made his own wine, grew vegetables.  In the midst of this creative gene pool, I seem to have inherited some of that.

     

    Artistically, literature was my first love. I enjoyed thinking creatively and drawing and so I completed a graduate level painting and drawing program, after my undergraduate degree in English. It seems I found my calling and here I am!

     

    MG Your pieces incorporate themes such as spirituality, history and religion. How do you incorporate those themes within your work? What form does it take usually?


    MB  I think it goes back to the original poetic impulse we all have  - that drive to make things. Basic impulses haven’t actually changed that much. We’re all searching for something. If you go back through history and study behaviour, people have always had that impulse. In fact, in the Blombos Caves, off the Southern Cape coastline in South Africa, archaeologists have discovered artifacts one hundred thousand years old - seashells, beads, string and ground pigments. It’s really like an ancient paint factory.  

     

    Bloomstone (Orchestral Palimpsest), mixed media on panel, 32 x 41 inches

     
    MG You talk about your work being layered, of accumulation. What prompted that way of working?

     

    MB If you look at TS Eliot’s work, Four Quartets, it talks of an evolving spiritual nature, where things mix together and then go back again.  I like that idea of new cultures being born, then changing to create a new layer, one after another, and snippets remain.  In the physicality of layering - form follows the function. The function is to suggest our accumulated history.   

     

    MG  Poets are a big influence on your work. Who are you inspired by?  

    MB TS Eliot again and Wallace Stevens from the early 20th century. He was a champion of the human imagination - he felt that it would replace religion in a way, that we would be generating everything from within and would live by that instinct.

     

    Another inspiration is Walt Whitman - he tends to get back to primal urges and breaks through cultural differences. He shows that we’re all similar, that we all have these animal instincts. He encourages us to get back with nature and be part of it. It’s very interesting.

     

    Kenneth Rexroth was part of the San Francisco Renaissance, a founding father of the Beat Generation.  He took all this knowledge, systems, arts, mixes them all together and writes poems about the subjects in a really well-informed way. His writing is really rounded with direct, stripped-down language. He’s always around somewhere for me.


    MG Similarly, quilting is an inspiration. What can we learn from the original quilters throughout history?


    MB Southern USA - I grew up with folks who made these real traditional-looking quilts. The designs were predictable and followed a pattern. Then I discovered the quilts made by the ladies of Gee’s Bend, a small, remote, black community in Alabama. For over 120 years, these African American ladies have been creating these  spectacular quilts which are so modern - like something from Matisse for example. None of these ladies would have ever been exposed to Modernism but these quilts are so bold and minimal. When you see them for the first time, it’s shocking. There is no explanation as to how they look so contemporary. It comes from within; a natural design sense. Their exhibition has toured the US - I had the good fortune to see them in Atlanta. Quilting pulls together old items with their own history and creates a new, current thing. That’s interesting to me.

     

    Blombos Cave (Quilt), mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 inches


    MG Your pieces range in terms of budget. Was that a conscious decision to hit different price points?


    MB  My enjoyment comes from working with different sizes and different material. When I’m working on paper, it’s more like a diary in a way. They’re almost studies for the larger pieces. When you price, you’re using parameters, of course, as you need a benchmark.

    MG Can you tell us about your working day? How do you balance family life with that of an artist?


    MB That’s always the trick! It’s getting a little easier; my  oldest child is a senior now in high school, then come the twins who are 14. They’re a bit more self-sufficient and don’t need so much day to day care. I try to keep regular hours and not work at night - that’s family time.

     

    You know my family are great at giving me feedback! They’re honest and direct. That opens up possibilities. My wife Mindy is a artist too, a graphic artist.  She is a good sounding board when I need it.

    MG Has there been a stand-out moment for you, so far, in your career? What have you been most proud of?

    MB  I enjoy submitting work to the large survey shows. Responding to a call for artists, and being judged blind by different curators, then being accepted is a really good feeling.

    MG What inspires you?

    MB  I tend to have the feeling that any finished piece isn’t quite what I wanted. I’m always coming back at it. I think artists always try to improve upon what came before, so that it’s more in line with your imagination. If you lose that, perhaps it’s time to rethink being a maker of things. That’s the drive of an artist. To become a little prouder each time.


    MG Do you have any advice you'd like to share for budding artists?

    MB It’s hard work! You have to work through some rough patches to get to the good bits. Be regular and consistent with the work and level of output. Some days I’ll come to the studio, clean up - that kind of activity is just as important as the days when i’m getting work done. Oh and stick with it. Good things will come.


    MG As a gallery, we are thrilled to have you join our opening roster at such an exciting time for Momentum and the Asheville art scene as a whole, today. What's exciting you the most right now?

    MB  I’ve known Jordan for many years, 17/18 years I think. He’s always been a real champion of my work. When he started his own gallery - I felt I should move with him. I’m excited about the number of artists too - it’s smaller which means it can be more focused. Jordan understands and appreciate the process, the making of a piece and what went into the finished result. From an artist’s point of view, it matters that it’s understood.

     

    Asheville is such a vibrant city, with the university being here especially. It’s always been a place for fine craft in the region which is exciting. It’s getting a lot of national and international attention. It’s a beautiful place too and the people are honest, accessible, open. It’s pretty progressive.

     

    Bloomstone (Curio Cabinet), mixed media on panel, 42 x 48 inches

     

    MG Michael, as ever, thank you for being part of the Momentum Gallery family. We look forward to a wonderful year ahead together.

     

    Michael will be one of the artists represented in Momentum Gallery's booth at Art Wynwood, February 15-19. His work can also be viewed at the gallery or by visiting https://momentumgallery.com/artists/35-michael-barringer/works/

  • How To Buy Art For Your Home

    Art consultant Steven Goldstein shares what makes a great collection
    by Shifra Ahlers
    How To Buy Art For Your Home

    Today, we’re speaking with Steven Goldstein, architect, art consultant, and Asheville local. Steven will be sharing with us his professional insights on buying art for a home, what makes a great piece and how to put a collection together (and how not to!).

     

    Momentum Gallery (MG): Steven, thanks for spending some time with us today. Please tell us, how did your career as an arts consultant come to be?

     

    Steven Goldstein (SG): That’s no problem, pleasure to be talking with you today. So, to answer your question, I used to run an architectural practice, specializing in private homes and high-end residential properties.

     

    After successfully completing these projects, my clients started to ask me to work on other types of buildings, such as their offices, medical buildings, hotels etc.

     

    Since 1969, I’d started to build my own art collection, and so when my clients came to visit my home office, they saw this for themselves, and understood how it related to the space which housed it. If they were new to collecting art, or their own collections perhaps were not so well thought-out, they would, from time to time, ask me to assist in putting together a collection for them. I’d worked with some of these clients for more than 20 years, so we already had a good working relationship and understanding.

     

    MG: That’s fantastic; an interesting career switch to make. So in terms of helping your clients to choose a piece, as we all know, art is so subjective... from a collector’s point of view, should you simply buy the art you love or are there any ‘rules’ to follow?

     

    SG: It really depends on whether or not you are new to the game. If you are experienced, then buying what you love and only what you love is probably the right advice. If you are inexperienced, buying what you love could land you with a whole lot of stuff you think is ordinary or weak later on.

     

    When I start working with a client, I recommend they visit lots of different galleries to experience the differences. Some galleries are only interested in what sells; they’re more commercial and the work can be overpriced. When you dig deeper, you realize it's actually quite ordinary. Once the client has seen these variations, they should be starting to get an understanding of what are they drawn to. Non-representational work being a good example - if a client really doesn’t like that genre, there is no point in sending them to a gallery that specializes in that type of art. Then we move on to exploring what is good in the genres they like.

     

    When we get to the point where there is an artist whose work stands out to them, I then like to teach the client to delve into the artist’s background. Knowing where they were trained for example, will help them understand and see the characteristics of that particular school coming through the work. We look at what this artist has done across their whole career, which with a mid-career artist would be a 10-15 year period. Only at that point will you understand who that artist truly is, and the nature of their work, and then you are equipped to pick the best piece for you.

     

     

    Steven Goldstein speaking with artist Jeannine Marchand in front of her work 

     

    MG: Thank you. So in terms of the purchase, should collectors have a space in mind or a predetermined idea of where it will live?

     

    SG: It’s fine to have a spot for which you are looking. Sooner or later, though, most collectors end up buying pieces they don't want to live without and find a place to put them.

     

    MG: Time to buy a bigger house, I guess! Steven, in your opinion, is it better to buy a bigger piece by a lesser-known artist or go for a smaller piece by a tried and tested ‘name?’

     

    SG: Budget is important, although the second part of this question has little to do with the first. I advise people to know how much they are comfortable spending at any given time. The balance between bigger unknowns and smaller knowns makes no sense to me at all. If the process required for an unknown artist to produce a small piece is complex or costly, it may cost more than a large one by another unknown or even someone known.

     

    And you know, this is where a gallery owner becomes a really important part of your life. They will help you not to buy purely on a visceral response ,but help you find what’s going to be magic in your life from an aesthetic point of view.

     

    Clients get a sense and feeling about whether the owner is just pushing to sell a piece. When I work with Jordan for example, I know he’s not pushing. He shares lots of information, clients can ask his opinion, learn more about the process - how a piece was made, and what went into it.

     

    Above all, I think art should not be looked at as purely an investment. Instead, see it as a joy - that’s the motivating factor. Of course, if you’re one of the very few people in the world who are spending a minimum of six figures on a piece, then you probably shouldn’t be doing that unassisted. A good art consultant will be adept in knowing what’s happening in the market and current values.

     

    MG: How does one know if the art ‘goes’ in the room - should the piece blend, or stand out?

     

    SG: I never recommend trying to tailor art selections to the decor of a room. Most of my collectors end up with eclectic collections. The important thing is that pieces be displayed in a manner where they aren't competing. For example, I discourage loading a space with very colorful pieces. It is good to flank something with lots of color with muted or monochromatic pieces. Contrast is critical to even noticing the art.

     

     Hoss Haley, Large Tessellation (Cyan), steel, automotive paint, 48 x 43-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hoss Haley, Large Tessellation (Cyan), steel, automotive paint, 48 x 43-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches

     

    One other thing that’s important to try to do is don’t leave pieces hanging in the same spot forever. That just breeds familiarity! You get so accustomed to seeing a piece you don’t actually ‘see’ it any more. Small and medium pieces can be rotated and moved so that visually, they look fresh again.

     

    MG: Great tip! Similarly, in terms of the colour palette of the room - match or contrast?


    SG: Contrast as a rule, but there are no rules.


    MG: Proportion is everything in interior design. What advice can you give in terms of sizing/hanging?

     

    SG: Hanging art on a wall requires analysis of a couple of qualities. The critical one is the amount of detail in the piece and the distance from which it must be seen to be appreciated. This is tougher with smaller highly-rendered/detailed pieces. You need to be close to really appreciate them so they may be in hallways, small rooms where you are circulating around the perimeter, and in bathrooms. If so, I advise finding the central focus of the piece and placing that center at eye level for the average adult viewer. Since people's heights vary a lot, this usually means around 5'3- 5'6 above floor level. If you have clients who are really tall or really short, you have to vary that so they can enjoy the works since they are the ones who will be viewing them every day. I find the biggest mistakes are in mounting height.

     

    MG: What lighting considerations should be made?

     

    SG: This is hard. Most homes are ill-suited to art display in terms of lighting. Most art is best seen with very pointed specific light coming from over the shoulder of the viewer, but certainly out of his/her viewline. Large pieces may require more than one light source and/or accenting certain areas of the piece. Employ outside interior design talent to help you with this.

     

    MG: Finally, any tips for housekeeping (how to protect your art)?

     

    SG: Invest in feather dusters and compressed air containers that don't spray any oil or liquid with the air. Be sure that any piece that is under Museum Glass is cleaned only with products that won't streak or harm the surface. Usually cleaners made for fragile computer screens will work on Museum Glass. Oddly enough, oil paints and acrylics are the most forgiving, but they still should be treated with some delicacy.

     

    I also urge everyone who collects fine art to insure it. Collectors do not buy work to have it sitting in a vault. We like to see it and let our friends experience it as well. A good art policy, in addition to your homeowners insurance makes it easy to live with one’s art and not worry every time you serve someone a glass of red wine.

     

    MG: Steven, thank you very much for your expert advice and insights! As you know, Jordan, Momentum Gallery’s owner has enjoyed spending time with you over the years as a client, art consultant, and friend.

     

    Should you wish any additional information about Steven Goldstein and the services he provides, please feel free to contact him through Momentum Gallery at email@momentumgallery.com  or 828-505-8550. 

     

     

     

  • Art Wynwood, Here We Come!

    For complimentary tickets to this Miami Art Fair, please contact Momentum Gallery!
    by Shifra Ahlers
    Art Wynwood, Here We Come!

    We are so proud to be returning to south Florida for Art Wynwood, Presidents Day Weekend, February 15 - 19, 2018. This is our third art fair in the four months since we opened; we're not called Momentum for nothing! Building upon the relationships we have been establishing, we can't wait to showcase even more of our artists and their work in Miami's dynamic and cosmopolitan art market.

     

    Thor & Jennifer Bueno, Terra Firma, blown glass, 48 x 48 inches

     

    If you'd like to join us at the fair, please contact the gallery for complimentary tickets! Momentum Gallery is located at Booth #AW222.

     

    Jeannine Marchand, Folds LXXXIII, Clay, wood, steel, 36 x 12 x 5 inches

     

    We are thrilled that Hoss Haley's Low Shoulder Erratics were selected to be presented in Wynwood's Art in Public Spaces! Additionally, Michael Barringer's Bloomstone (Newgrange IX) was selected as the cover feature image for Artsy's Art Wynwood microsite! Congratulations to both of these incredible artists for getting such well-deserved recognition!

     

    Hoss Haley, Low Shoulder Erratics

     

    From artwynwood.com:

    Since its inception in 2012, Art Wynwood has become the premier winter destination contemporary and modern art fair in South Florida, and offers the most diverse, affluent and culturally savvy international audience in the United States. Produced by Art Miami, the Art Wynwood fair will debut its seventh edition during Presidents Day Weekend, February 15 - 19, 2018, at the former Miami Herald site, which also is the new home of Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami, and welcomed 80,000 visitors during Miami Art Week 2017...

    Art Wynwood will continue to showcase a dynamic array of works, featuring emerging talent from the contemporary market, mid-career artists, blue chip contemporary, post-war and modern masters.

    Nestled between the Venetian Causeway and MacArthur Causeway, and just east of Biscayne Boulevard, Art Wynwood will offer an unprecedented level of convenience to and from Miami Beach while being located in the heart of the cultural epicenter of Miami. The new location will offer a renewed connectivity to the 29th annual Miami International Boat Show where the "World's Most Expensive Yachts are on display for acquisition", with complimentary shuttle service between the two daily.

     

    Original works by the following artists will be featured in Momentum Gallery's booth:

     

    Michael Barringer

    Thor & Jennifer Bueno

    Christian Burchard

    David Ellsworth

    Drew Galloway

    Amy Gross

    Hoss Haley

    Ron Isaacs

    Anne Lemanski

    Jeannine Marchand

    Maltby Sykes (1911-1992)

     

    David Ellsworth, Line Ascending #10, Black ash burl, 37 x 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

  • ANDY FARKAS: ARTIST TALK & DEMONSTRATION

    Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2PM
    by Shifra Ahlers
    ANDY FARKAS: ARTIST TALK & DEMONSTRATION

    Sunday, February 11th, at 2pm, Momentum Gallery hosts an artist talk and demonstration with beloved local printmaker, Andy Farkas. Andy will discuss his creative process followed by the specific process of woodcut printmaking in the Japanese style of moku hanga, beginning with his carving technique and followed by his printing technique. He will demonstrate each (carving, then printing) and then participants may try printing under his guidance! 

     

    Letting all questions fall away revealed the beauty of the moment-and his bliss, moku hanga


    A 2017 documentary on Andy will also be shown. This opportunity to meet the artist and learn more about his work takes place at Momentum Gallery, 24 N Lexington Avenue, Sunday, February 11th, from 2-4pm. This event is free and open to all ages and abilities.

    It came to her. She didn't ask for it, but neither did she push it away, wood engraving

    Continuing through February 24th, an exhibition of Andy Farkas’ magical work occupies Momentum’s Feature Gallery. His wood engravings and moku hanga (Japanese watercolor woodcut) prints consistently delight young and old with their narrative depictions of personified animals combined with poignant original sayings in handset letterpress type. Come see a selection of Andy’s recent works, including the newest print, “Where I Go.”

     

     Seeing, they were bound to it-to follow it, what would they become, moku hanga

     

  • Join us for a New Year's Eve Party

    New Year's Eve Opening Reception December 31st, 2017, 5-8pm
    by Jordan Ahlers
    New Year's Eve Reception 5-8pm. Free & Open to the Public.
    New Year's Eve Reception 5-8pm. Free & Open to the Public.
    Momentum Gallery is hosting a New Year's Eve Opening Reception for two new shows. Small Works/Big Impact and Andy Farkas open on December 31st, from 5-8pm. We will have live music by Byrdie & the Mutts, light refreshments, and a festive atmosphere. This family friendly event is free & open to the public. Hope to see you then! Wishing you a fantastic new year! 
     
     
    Andy Farkas is appearing in our Feature Gallery. His original wood engravings and moku-hanga prints integrate animal imagery and poignant expressions in handset type. 

    Small Works/Big Impact: Experience and expressions concentrated in a collection of intimately-scaled works by multiple artists including Michael Barringer, Samantha Bates, Mariella Bisson, Thor & Jennifer Bueno, Christian Bruchard, Lisa Clague, David Ellsworth, Vicki Grant, Crystal Gregory, Amy Gross, Hoss Haley, Ron Isaacs, Jeannine Marchand, Maltby Sykes, and Lawrence Tarpey.

     

  • by Jordan Ahlers
    Happy Holidays!

    Happy holidays from Momentum Gallery! We hope this season brings you the gifts of contentment, joy, peace, and love. We are grateful to our staff, artists, clients, and friends for the immense support and look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. 

     

    Our holiday hours are:

    Sunday,    December 24         12pm - 4pm

     

    Monday,   December 25         CLOSED, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

     

    Sunday,    December 31          12pm - 8pm, New Year's Eve Opening 5pm-8pm

     

    Monday.   January 1                 12pm - 6pm, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

     

     

  • Artist Profile: Andy Farkas

    Ashville's expert in the exquisite Japanese art of mokuhanga
    by Liz Rabban
    Artist Andy Farkas
    Artist Andy Farkas

    Today, we are joined by one of Momentum Gallery's treasured artists: Asheville resident Andy Farkas. Andy shares his journey with us, discussing what concepts inspire his work and his thoughts on the thriving North Carolina art scene.

  • by Liz Rabban
    Left to right: Lisa Clague, ceramics; Jennifer Bueno, glass; Hoss Haley, metal; Ron Isaacs, painting; Mariella Bisson, painting; Michael Barringer, painting; Jeannine Marchand, ceramics; David Ellsworth, wood; Andy Farkas, printmaking; Vicki Grant, ceramics; Jordan Ahlers, Owner/Director
    Left to right: Lisa Clague, ceramics; Jennifer Bueno, glass; Hoss Haley, metal; Ron Isaacs, painting; Mariella Bisson, painting; Michael Barringer, painting; Jeannine Marchand, ceramics; David Ellsworth, wood; Andy Farkas, printmaking; Vicki Grant, ceramics; Jordan Ahlers, Owner/Director

    "Momentum Gallery has something for everyone. We carry unique works that are museum quality pieces for the discerning collector and we are also passionate about cultivating new art enthusiasts. People often ask me what art to buy as the best investment. I always say: 'buy the work you love.'"

  • On The Road

    Momentum Gallery shows in Chicago and Miami
    by Shifra Ahlers
    Momentum Gallery at SOFA Chicago
    Momentum Gallery at SOFA Chicago

    The past two months has seen Momentum venture outside of North Carolina, exhibiting at two of the most exciting fairs in the art world: SOFA Chicago and newcomer on the block, FORM Miami during Art Basel.