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.
• 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.”
Opens June 27th 5-8pm
Give Me Wood is a mind-blowing collection of contemporary painting, sculpture, and studio furniture unlike anything Asheville has seen. Central to the identity and creation of all the extraordinary two- and three-dimensional works in the exhibition is the common material of wood. The exhibition celebrates the Asheville debut of several innovative artists. Please join us for the Opening Reception of Give Me Wood on Thursday, June 27th, from 5-8pm at our downtown Asheville art gallery located at 24 N Lexington Avenue. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
Give Me Wood includes three works from Wendy Maruyama’s recent EO9066 series. The series refers to Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry. It also led to the establishment of internment camps that housed 120,000 US citizens forced to remain there until the end of WWII. Sadly, some of these same internment camps are now being reinstated for migrant children.
The exhibition also introduces renowned furniture maker and American Craft Fellow, Garry Knox Bennett. It’s been said Bennett, “combines enormous talent for sculptural form with unique genius for finding beauty in unconventional objects.” Bennett’s innovative work exhibits meticulous craftsmanship and articulates the artist’s sense of humor and robust spirit.
Other notable works in Give Me Wood include Gil Bruvel’s dynamic sculptures of faces formed of painted sticks, Tom Eckert’s marvelous, veiled trompe l’oeil sculptures, Michael Alm’s constructions depicting woodland animal cross-sections, Sylvie Rosenthal’s wood skull and marbled stop watch, and exciting new works by Momentum Artist Partners Christian Burchard, David Ellsworth, and Ron Layport. The exhibition continues through Labor Day at our Lexington Avenue location.
Opening June 27th 5-8pm
Mariella Bisson’s tranquil and dynamic oil-over-collage paintings feature built-up texture, suggesting the complex surface of stone and tree bark, lichen, and moss. Mariella will be at Momentum Gallery for the opening of her show as we welcome a dozen never-before-shown paintings, all of which were inspired by local waterfalls and landscapes from the area, including scenes from Pisgah National Forest to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Let’s celebrate the region’s beauty with a refreshing take on contemporary landscape paintings!
In addition to Bisson’s solo show, her brand-new book, Setting Shapes is available for sale for $25.
Highlighting recent works in addition to significant paintings created over the past decade, Setting Shapes examines the behind-the-scenes of each piece, providing insight into the inspiration and process. With studio shots, drawings, and history lessons, the book allows you to experience the paintings to their fullest extent and appreciate the energy and contemplation behind them.
Summer Exhibitions Open at Momentum Gallery
Thursday, June 27, from 5-8 pm Momentum Gallery, located at 24 N Lexington Avenue, hosts an Opening Reception for the following new collections, coming in for the summer: Mariella Bisson, Setting Shapes; New Work by Lisa Clague & Paul Sattler, and the sensational invitational Give Me Wood, featuring stimulating, contemporary sculpture and paintings that share wood as the central material. These exhibitions continue at 24 N Lexington Avenue, our downtown Asheville art gallery, through the end of August. More details to follow in our next newsletter!
Mariella Bisson deftly delineates the sculptural planes of regional waterfalls and sylvan scenes creating refreshingly contemporary landscape paintings. Her oil-over-collage paintings feature built-up texture, suggesting the complex surface of stone and tree bark, lichen, and moss. Bisson's paintings demonstrate a strong understanding of formal composition and reflect a sensibility honed from time she's spent immersed in the outdoors. Of note, Bisson is a two-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in painting.
Lisa Clague is an internationally known sculptor. She has been the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and the Virginia Groot Foundation Grant. Clague’s dreamlike ceramic and mixed media figures are elegant and mysterious. While a psychological component is evident, many of Clague’s works suggest the relationship between mankind and the natural world.
An accomplished oil painter, Paul Sattler was a recipient of the John R. Solomon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 2004, he was selected to exhibit at the 179th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the National Academy of Design in New York, where he received the Wallace Truman Prize. Dramatic narratives unfold in his charged and enigmatic oil paintings which reference historic and literary sources. Sattler comments, “A diverse population of animals are enmeshed in my works’ human-inhabited environments, theatrical locales, and domestic dramas.”
Give Me Wood is an imaginative and evocative collection of contemporary painting and wood sculpture. Central to the identity and creation of all the extraordinary two- and three-dimensional works in the exhibition is the common material of wood. The participating artists defy logic, explore space (both real and imagined), carve, bend, turn, and otherwise construct some truly amazing and innovative work! Featuring Garry Knox Bennett, Gil Bruvel, Christian Burchard, Tom Eckert, David Ellsworth, Ron Layport, Wendy Maruyama, Jason Middlebrook, Sylvie Rosenthal, Dan Webb, and more.
Selected as Finalist for 2019 Southern Prize
Please join us in congratulating Momentum Gallery inaugural artist Amy Gross as the finalist (second place) for the prestigious 2019 Southern Prize, a fellowship which recognizes and celebrates the highest quality artwork being created in the American South! Based on the sole criterion of artistic brilliance, Amy was chosen as the finalist from a pool of more than 800 applicants by a national jury. Her imaginative and refined, hand-embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures "suggest not only what can be seen, but also what cannot: the early alterations of time, the first suggestions of disintegration." More can be read about Amy's work and the fellowship here.
Imagine our delight when we saw Bryce Lafferty's work featured in Hi-Fructose Magazine! We were so pleased that they included a number of works currently appearing in our In the Landscape and Of the Landscape exhibition (March/April 2019). Lafferty's elaborate drawings in watercolor and gouache take us on a journey of discovery, eluding to the story behind the geology and inner connections within the landscape.
International glass survey during Venice Biennale
We are excited to announce that Momentum Gallery artist, Tim Tate, has been selected to participate in the sixth edition of GLASSTRESS, an international collateral event of the Venice Biennale investigating the relationship between contemporary art and glass. Each artist was invited to explore ‘how glass redefines our perception of space’, which, for those of you who are familiar with Tim’s work, describes his groundbreaking and conceptual glass pieces perfectly. Other artists invited to participate include Ai Weiwei, Tony Cragg and Thomas Schütte. Debuting in 2009, GLASSTRESS aims to revive the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing by creating new unions with internationally renowned artists. It has since become an unmatched platform demonstrating innovative and cutting-edge works in glass. Representing the United States, Tate's contribution to this prestigious exhibition is Endless Cycle, an infinity mirror Momentum Gallery was honored to show. Referencing gun violence, this provocative piece will surely garner a lot of attention worldwide. To read further, please visit the Washington Glass School’s website here. Congratulations Tim Tate! We are so proud of you!
Best of WNC – Mountain Xpress Poll
We hope you agree that Momentum Gallery is the Best Local Art Gallery in Asheville! Vote here! You must register and vote in 30 categories in order for your vote to count, so here are some suggestions. We appreciate your support!
M O M E N T U M G A L L E R Y
✔Local Art Gallery
✔Store that Represents the Spirit of Asheville
✔Business that Represents the Spirit of Asheville
✔Best Customer Service
✔Craft Oriented Gallery
✔Local Asheville attraction
✔Place to take Your Eccentric Friends
Some other suggestions for local artists:
✍Best Ceramic Artist: Lisa Clague or Jeannine Marchand
✍Best Metalsmith: Hoss Haley
✍Best Woodworker: David Ellsworth
✍Best Painter/Illustrator: Andy Farkas
In the Landscape and Of the LandscapeWilliam Henry Price, The Dawn Chorus, Acrylic on panel, 20 x 16 inches
Please join us for an
Artist Talk and Reception
In the Landscape and Of the Landscape
Jennifer Bueno | Bryce Lafferty | William Henry Price
Sunday, March 31 st,
3:00–5:00 pm (Artist Talks begin at 3:30 pm)Jennifer Bueno, Air Pollution Over China, Watercolor, hot-sculpted glass, copper, wood,60 x 96 x 8 inches
We hope you will join us this Sunday afternoon for a special reception and informal artist panel, offered in conjunction with The Collider's Climate City Expo. Meet the three artists featured in the current exhibition: In the Landscape and Of the Landscape at Momentum Gallery, 24 N Lexington Avenue in Downtown Asheville. Each artist will speak individually about their work, followed by an open discussion citing shared influences and overlapping themes they explore, and an opportunity for Q&A. Beverages and light refreshments are offered. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Bryce Lafferty, Megaflora, Watercolor and gouache, 40 x 51 inches
Featured in the Laurel of Asheville Magazine
Thanks to the Laurel of Asheville for featuring Momentum Gallery artist, Jennifer Bueno, in the March issue of the magazine. Check out this article on Jennifer - and then come and see her work in our current exhibition, In the Landscape and Of the Landscape, up at Momentum Gallery in Downtown Asheville through April 27th, 2019.
Jennifer also appears on an Artist Panel at a Gallery Reception on Sunday, March 31st, from 3-5pm, at 24 N Lexingotn Avenue. Come meet the artist and enjoy a drink with us! We look forward to seeing you!
At 24 N Lexington Avenue
Bryce Lafferty, West (The Tree of LIfe), watercolor & gouache, 46 x 94 inches
On Thursday, February 28th, Momentum Gallery opened two new exhibitions with three artists featured in each show. In the Landscape and Of the Landscape and Vernacular both feature regional artists whose work is influenced by the world around them.
Jennifer Bueno, Mississippi and Kazakstan in the Same Time, glass, 24 x 60 inches
In the Landscape and Of the Landscape
Jennifer Bueno | Bryce Lafferty | William Henry Price
Three regional artists draw inspiration from nature, creating imaginative and intuitive works that respond to environmental conditions, explore unseen interconnections, and incite investigation.
William Henry Price, Astarte, 42 x 52 inches
Three artists convey their wonderment with the natural world and allude to its unseen, inner workings. Through abstract expression, imaginative cross-sections, and works that depict satellite views of our planet, they take viewers on a journey of discovery and introspection. Dimensional blown glass and mixed media works, emotive paintings, and original drawings attempt to reveal the impermanent and transient nature of things as well as the consequence of Man’s presence in the landscape.
Phil Blank | David C. Robinson | Sasha Schilbrack-Cole
Narrative paintings, original prints, and ceramic sculpture by three regional artists reference subjects such as faith, race, and identity in the South.
Phil Blank, The Bean Kings, watercolor, gouache, ink
Sasha Schilbrack-Cole, Comforted, but not for long, etching, 8 x 6 inches
David C. Robinson comments, “I hope to encourage the viewer to reflect on the not-so-distant past and to perhaps invite a reexamination or reevaluation of one’s own prejudices and assumptions associated with race, religion, and cultural differences. There is something almost mythical about the deep south that is every bit as dark, powerful and timeless as a Greek tragedy or as absurd, complex, and ironic as a Shakespearean comedy.”
David C. Robinson, Question of Faith, ceramic
featured in WNC Magazine
Image courtesy of WNC Magazine
The sensual curves of Jeannine Marchand's unglazed ceramic Folds Series have delighted visitors to Momentum Gallery since we opened our doors in October 2017. Since then, the gallery has taken Marchand's distictive work to art fairs in Chicago and Miami placing pieces in several major collections. WNC Magazine recently caught up with the ceramist to discuss her process and inspiration. The full article can be seen here.
Jeannine Marchand is one of Momentum Gallery's original artist partners. Her understated and elegant works–framed (and unframed) wall sculptures, vessels, and dramatic free-standing sculptures can always be seen at Momentum Gallery. We are proud to work with some of the region's most talented makers!
featured in Asheville Made
Image courtesy of Asheville Made
Anne Lemanski is one of the local makers profiled in the current (February 2019) issue of Asheville Made magazine. One of Momentum Gallery's original artist partners, Lemanski was one of six artists the gallery represented at CONTEXT Art Miami last December. For CONTEXT, Lemanski made one of her most ambitious pieces to date, a life-size tiger standing on a 32 inch diameter ball! The sculpture, Tigress T1, was named after a tiger in India that made news while Lemanski was working on it. Tigress T1 features an impressive "skin" composed of kaleidoscopic photographs of plastic drinking straws. Lemanski quite deftly hand-stitched adjoining panels ensuring continuity to the mosaic pattern over the surface of the multi-faceted piece. An image of Tigress T1 and the Asheville Made article can be seen here.
Lemanski's tiger, a blue shark, and a rabbit may be seen along with the artist's prints at Momentum Gallery's Lexington Avenue location. We hope you'll stop by to see this amazing artist's work!
featured in Asheville Made
Image courtesy of Asheville Made
It is a privilege to work with such amazing artists! Asheville Made magazine recently featured local superstar, Cristina Córdova, on their cover! Cordova's work can be seen at a number of museums including Charlotte, NC's Mint Museum and the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI.
From Racine Art Museum's website... "Córdova has become nationally known for her large-scale figurative sculptures. Because they are representational, her works suggest to viewers some form of narrative or a literal story. However, upon closer examination, her figures express a wide range of emotions for they are much more personal in meaning and open to multiple interpretations.
"Córdova was a dancer throughout her youth and her figures demonstrate an understanding of stance, gesture, and body language that is almost theatrical. The artist remembers studying statues of saints in Catholic church, while attending services with her family as a child. She was struck by the emotions expressed by these figures but also their hand gestures, body positions, and the drape of their robes. Some of Córdova's sculptures recall the openness of devotional statuary as their glistening eyes and open faces invite one's gaze. At the same time, her works challenge the viewer, as if the subject has been interrupted in a moment of thought or reflection.
"Córdova was born in Boston to parents who were studying in medical school, but spent her childhood in their native Puerto Rico once her parents had completed their studies. She received her BA degree at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 1998 and her MFA in Ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2002. In 2003, she entered a three-year residency at the Penland School of Art in North Carolina and has remained in the community since then."
Cristina Córdova's two-headed piece "Arco" received a lot of attention in Momentum Gallery's latest installment of Small Works | Big Impact, an annual exhibition of smaller scaled pieces by visiting and represented artists. You can read the Asheville Made article here.
Friday, February 1st, at 5PM at 24 N Lexington Avenue
Pam Longobardi’s Drifters Project, an exhibition of photography and installations made from ocean plastic, draws to a close at 24 N Lexington Avenue at the end of this month. It has been a real privilege to share her work with you, and we’re excited to welcome Longobardi for a closing reception/gallery talk/book signing on Friday, February 1st, at 5PM. This event is free and open to the public. The artist will talk about her experiences with refugees in the Mediterranean and her work that addresses the environment, climate change, and humanitarian issues. Light refreshments will be served during this Artist Reception and Book Signing. We hope to see you there.
Longobardi’s artwork involves painting, photography, and installation to address the psychological relationship of humans to the natural world. She has exhibited her artwork across the US and in Greece, Monaco, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Costa Rica and Poland. She currently lives and works in Atlanta and is Professor of Art at Georgia State University. Presently she drifts with the ongoing Drifters Project, following the world ocean currents. With the Drifters Project, she collects, documents and transforms oceanic plastic into installations and photography. The work provides a visual statement about the engine of global consumption and the vast amounts of plastic objects and their impact on the world’s most remote places and its creatures. Longobardi’s work is framed within a conversation about globalism and conservation. Longobardi participated in the 2013 GYRE expedition to remote coastal areas of Alaska and created project-specific works for the exhibition at the Anchorage Museum February 2014. Longobardi was featured in a National Geographic film on the GYRE expedition and her Drifters Project was featured in National Geographic magazine. Also in 2013, Longobardi created a site-specific installation for a special project of the Venice cultural association Ministero di Beni Culturali (MiBAC) and the Ministry of Culture of Rome for the 55th Venice Biennale, on the Island of San Francesco del Deserto in the Venetian Lagoon, a work made from plastic water bottles, mirrors and a satellite dish that signaled an apology to St. Francis across the lagoon to the island of Burano. She exhibited photography in Seescape at George Adams Gallery in New York, and won the prestigious Hudgens Prize (2013), one of the largest single prizes given to an artist in North America. She has an ongoing collaboration supported by the Ionion Center for Art and Culture in Metaxata, Kefalonia, Greece. In 2014, Longobardi was awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor, and has been named Oceanic Society’s Artist-In-Nature.
About Drifters Project, Longobardi comments:
“In 2006, after discovering the mountainous piles of plastic debris the ocean was depositing on the remote shores of Hawaii, I began collecting and utilizing this plastic as my primary material in my project called Drifters. Since then, I have made scores of interventions, cleaning beaches and making collections from all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situating it within the cultural context for examination. These collection missions were originally done solo, as part of my process, but soon grew to encompass thousands of people in hundreds of global sites. I approach the sites as a forensic scientist, examining and documenting the deposition as it lay, collecting and identifying the evidence of the crime.
Plastic objects are the cultural archeology of our time. These objects I see as a portrait of global late-capitalist consumer society, mirroring our desires, wishes, hubris and ingenuity. These are objects with unintended consequences that become transformed as they leave the quotidian world and collide with nature to be transformed, transported and regurgitated out of the shifting oceans. The ocean is communicating with us through the materials of our own making. The plastic elements initially seem attractive and innocuous, like toys, some with an eerie familiarity and some totally alien. At first, the plastic seems innocent and fun, but it is not. It is dangerous. We are remaking the world in plastic.
In keeping with the movement of drift of these material artifacts, I prefer using them in a transitive form as installation. All of the work can be dismantled, reconfigured but nearly impossibly recycled. The objects are presented as specimens on steel pins or wired together to form larger structures. I am a conceptual artist with a strong affinity to materials and process. I was trained as a painter and printmaker, and continue this in my studio practice, but have always worked in varying mediums from photography to painting and collage to installation, allowing the ideas to dictate the materials I work with. I am interested in the collision between nature and global consumer culture. Ocean plastic is a material that can unleash unpredictable dynamics. I am interested in it in particular, as opposed to all garbage in general, because of what it reveals about us as a global culture and what it reveals about the ocean as a type of cultural space, as well as a giant dynamic engine of life and change. As a product of culture that exhibits visibly the attempts of nature to reabsorb and regurgitate this invader, ocean plastic has profound stories to tell.”
Celebrate with Us: Thursday, November 15th, 6-9pm
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new space, Momentum on Broadway! On Thursday, November 15th, from 6-9pm, join us for grand opening! Located at 52 Broadway Street, the opening of our new downtown Asheville art gallery brings more of the intriguing work you have come to love! New artists, new works, and a brand new space will all be highlighted during this celebration! All are welcome! Please join us!
Momentum Gallery hosts a special reception to celebrate the highly-anticipated opening of its new space located at 52 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville, Momentum on Broadway, on Thursday, November 15th, 6-9pm. A number of Momentum’s Artist Partners plan to be in attendance. The reception is free and open to the public.
Ron Isaacs, Couple, No. 17, acrylic on birch plywood construction, 8 x 8 x 1 inches.
This event marks the official unveiling of the first phase of renovation, for a 4000-square-foot space on the ground floor of the historic, three-story building Momentum acquired earlier this year. Clean lines and a brighter, more open venue await visitors who were familiar with the space previously occupied by Stuf Antiques. Momentum Gallery intends to continue upfitting additional square footage in the building over the coming months while maintaining locations on both North Lexington Avenue and Broadway Street.
Kate MacDowell. Memento Mori 2, Slip cast and hand built porcelain, glaze, 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.
Select works by Momentum Gallery artists occupy the new space along with two exhibitions which also open November 15th, Small Works, Big Impact and Casey Roberts – Cyanotype Paintings. The former is an annual curated collection of paintings, sculpture, and mixed media works by gallery artists and special guests. Emotive ceramics, surreal painting, intricate glass curiosities, embroidered foliage, and memento mori come together in a provocative collection of intimately-scaled works by familiar and new gallery artists. Although small in size, these works are nonetheless powerful, conveying the vision and prowess of their accomplished makers and taking on themes of mortality, natural phenomena, and discovery. The exhibition features new works by Samantha Bates, Cristina Córdova, Amber Cowan, David Ellsworth, Hillary Waters Fayle, Amy Gross, Alli Hoag, Ron Isaacs, Kate MacDowell, Kit Paulson, Lawrence Tarpey, and more.
Casey Roberts, Moon Lit (River Without End), Cyanotype on paper w/ collage, 37 x 47 inches.
The gallery is thrilled to announce the Asheville debut of Casey Roberts with a one-person exhibition to open the new space on Broadway. Dreamy and contemplative – Roberts’ large-scale cyanotype paintings on paper depict a variety of domestic and wilderness subjects which evoke a still and wonderous world. Subjects the artist often revisits include trees, water, animals, and sky. About these works, the artist comments, “there is an intuitive wisdom in nature.” Through his thoughtful use of silhouettes and selective color, Roberts’ ethereal works, profound in their simplicity, tap into our longing for connection through nature.
Jordan Ahlers is fulfilling his vision of two decades to elevate the Asheville art scene with the opening of Momentum on Broadway. Already a cornerstone in the downtown gallery district, Momentum Gallery (and now Momentum on Broadway) add to the expanding cultural offerings Asheville is currently enjoying. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 15th! Have a drink with us - beer, wine, champagne, and craft cocktails by Troy & Sons will be provided!
What an honor!
Check out Amy Gross' interview on Colossal! Amy creates hand-embroidered and beaded sculptures that are beautiful and full of life - and yet they are created from all man-made materials, so there is no decay!"I do not collaborate with the nature that fascinates me, the myriad of visible and invisible interactions that lie at the heart of every insect, bacteria, tree, and spore. I collaborate with manufacturing. I use no found objects, nothing was ever alive." - Amy Gross
Exhibition at 24 N Lexington Ave through January 31, 2019Pam Longobardi, ONE WORLD OCEAN (ANTHROPOCENE HYPEROBJECT)Ocean plastic recovered from international waters, 99 x 88 inches
Pam Longobardi's The Drifter's Project, was recently installed at Momentum Gallery's 24 N Lexington Avenue location, as part of photo+sphere (November 7-11), an Asheville city-wide event focusing on how we see the environment and the role humans play in determining the future of our planet. This innovative festival features nationally known speakers, panelists, exhibitions, films, and special projects at venues throughout Asheville, NC. (www.photoplusavl.com) The solo exhibition is a powerful statement and will run though January 31, 2019.
Pam Longobardi, BROKEN BOATS, Archival pigment print , 27 x 40 inches
Longobardi's exhibition is an emotional response to her work cleaning plastic out of ocean waters worldwide. Her installations speak to the environmental devastation that plastic and other pollutants make on our world. As a scientist, Pam logs her excursions and photographs to catalog her experience. These photos are presented, in addition to her large scale art installations, to demonstrate her findings.
Pam Longobardi, SIGNAL FLAGS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE18 flags made from recovered life vests from Lesvos, Greece; thread and wood
Pam comments: "I was trained as a painter and printmaker, and continue this in my studio practice, but have always worked in varying mediums from photography to painting and collage to installation, allowing the ideas to dictate the materials I work with. I am interested in the collision between nature and global consumer culture. Ocean plastic is a material that can unleash unpredictable dynamics. I am interested in it in particular, as opposed to all garbage in general, because of what it reveals about us as a global culture and what it reveals about the ocean as a type of cultural space, as well as a giant dynamic engine of life and change."
Pam Longobardi, ISLAND REFUGE VII, Defunct & devalued currency collage and paint, 13 x 16 inches
Beloved Artist and Friend
October 20, 1964 – September 18, 2018
Jordan Ahlers with Drew Galloway, October 20, 2017 in front of Drew's painting, Still Life
We are mourning the loss of our dear friend, Andrew Kirklyn Galloway. It was an honor to represent Drew Galloway, open Momentum Gallery with him, have him join us for our debut event, and celebrate his birthday with him in Asheville last October. It was our privilege to present Drew’s work in Miami this past February at the international fair Art Wynwood and host his final exhibition, a pairing in the spring with wood sculptor, Christian Burchard. Drew was one of the first artists to join Momentum; he was excited to be a part of this new venture, and more recently about the new space we’re upfitting on Broadway.
Celebrating Drew Galloway's last birthday at Momentum Gallery, October 20, 2017
We had a number of conversations over the years about painting (his as well as other artists’ work), the business of art, and life in general. Drew appreciated connecting on a personal level. He always showed genuine interest and had thoughtful inquiries about my kids and our family’s traditions. He was an intellectual who didn’t lose sight of compassion and empathy. He was a special soul.
Drew was intrigued by nature and music. Although he was already a gifted painter, he had the gumption to immerse himself in the rich history of Giverny, where Monet found inspritation. He spent months learning, living, and painting in the same town as the impressionist. He absorbed the scenery of France and imbued it in his creations.
Drew Galloway, Across the Pond, Oil on metal, 36 x 48 inches
Drew earned a BFA from Atlanta College of Art. He held a lifelong fascination with the overlooked and often underappreciated charm he found in everyday places and things. “Championing ordinary beauty that we get immune to as adults,” he once said. Drew’s practice of late focused on landscapes rendered in oil on found sheets of metal. He’d incorporate the natural patina of the metal (rust, oxidation, etc.) and, in some cases, only a third or half of the painting’s surface was covered in paint at all! Intricately detailed renderings, Drew cropped in on reflections of trees or sky on the surface of water to the extent that they felt like abstract compositions, despite essentially being photo-realistic. Still, Drew said, “It’s not about being bogged down by details, but capturing feeling, memory, and the essence of a place or a person.”
He will be missed.
Drew Galloway, September Song, Oil on tin, 36 x 48 inches
We are asked daily about our upcoming move to Broadway. Curiousity often surrounds the timeline of the move and commentary includes how excited people are about our new space! We are grateful to our clients, supporters, and friends so interested in our plans and want to take this opportunity to share a quick update.
As many of you have heard, our new gallery space will unfold in several phases over the coming months. The current timeline includes an intial relocation this fall, to begin establishing Momentum Gallery's new and permanent home at 52 Broadway Street, next to Mellow Mushrooom. Contractors are working diligently to get us into the space as soon as possible. Partitions are up, and the space for Phase 1 has begun to take shape in the section of the historic building that previously housed Stuf Antiques. Clean lines define dramatic open areas as well as intimate spaces with work stations that are at once accessible and set back. Sheetrock is nearing completion and the space will be painted next week. The flooring and some other minor cosmetic work still need to be addressed, though we anticipate these items progressing quickly.
We will certainly announce (through our Facebook page and other social media) once we're in the space and begin to install artwork. Keep in touch with the most up-to-date information by liking Momentum Gallery Asheville on facebook, and stay tuned for unfolding details. Thank you for your interest and support!
Collages and Mixed media works availableRecent oil and mixed media works depicting scenic landscapes from Mariella Bisson have just arrived at Momentum Gallery! We are thrilled to work with Mariella and present her newest watercolors, oils on linen, and other collage based works to you! Mariella recently said, "oil painting is a classic time-honored technique requiring patience, color balancing, and the matching of my palette to the specific landscape I have studied. I transform my direct experience into art in order to bring the beauty and power of nature to my audience and collectors." Bisson's will be one of five featured artists in our upcoming group exhibition, Transformation: Earth, Water & Wood, opening Thursday, August 30th. Some of the work is available for pre-sale now.Mariella Bisson, Summer Falls Panorama, Oil and mixed media on linen, 34 x 74 inchesMariella Bisson visited North Carolina earlier this year on an expedition of inspiration for these paintings. She has spent time soaking up energy outdoors and actively engaged in the studio to complete new, dramatic works for our upcoming show. Of her work showing at Momentum, Mariella shared, "Asheville is evolving into a major destination for fine arts, for artists and collectors. This confluence of craft and art is bringing about a renaissance, creating a new vortex of discussion, debate and artistic achievement. I believe in the importance of art-making based in skill and thoughtful consideration. Asheville is surrounded by magnificent landscape destinations, superb hiking trails and thrilling waterfalls. I am very happy to be finding such a receptive audience for my paintings in Asheville." Visit the art gallery in downtown Asheville for a preview of Bisson's recent works on paper and her oil and mixed media paintings. All of Bisson's available work can be seen here: https://momentumgallery.
com/artists/34-mariella- bisson/works/Mariella Bisson, Big Bradley Falls, Oil and mixed media on linen, 38 x 50 inchesMariella deftly delineates the sculptural, geometric planes of her subjects. She has a strong sense for composition, and her take on the landscape is refreshing and contemporary. Stylized and highly textural, Bisson's works convey a thoughtful sensibility clearly developed from time the artist has spent immersed in nature. Her scenes of stone, water, and woods in her signature style has been captivating a new audience in North Carolina since Momentum opened last October. Of note, Mariella Bisson is a two time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in painting.Mariella Bisson,You Can't Step into the Same River Twice, Mixed media on paper, 12 x 16 inchesMomentum Gallery is incredibly honored to represent Mariella Bisson and are pleased to offer you a preview of her newest creations. Come by the gallery at 24 N Lexington Avenue!
Therman Statom's Vitreograph, Frankincense, ed. 25/50
Momentum Gallery is pleased to announce a fundraiser for the Center for Craft! We will be raffling an original vitreograph by glass pioneer, Therman Statom, titled "Frankincense" (signed and numbered by the artist, unframed) and all proceeds will benefit the Center for Craft, a non-profit committed to advancing the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States.
Therman Statom's "Frankincense" is a colorful vitreograph, a print made from etched glass plates, created with Harvey Littleton (known as the Father of Studio Glass) in Western North Carolina, at Littleton Studios. The print depicts various imagery, including a buddha, a heart, and a feather.
Tickets are on sale now through August 15th and may be purchased at our downtown Asheville art gallery, located at 24 N Lexington Avenue, or by telephone at 828-505-8550.
Ticket Prices are as follows:
$30/ 1 ticket
$50/ 2 tickets
Therman Statom, Frankincense, ed. 25/50. Vitreograph from glass plates, 30 x 24 inches. Signed, 1999.
All tickets will be labeled with the purchaser's name and entered in a sealed box. A representative from the Center for Craft will choose the winner on August 15th at 6pm. The winner need not be present at the time the name is selected. Once the winner is notified, the unframed print may be picked up or will be shipped as per the winner's request.
In conjunction with the Summer of Glass, Momentum Gallery, in downtown Asheville, is pleased to present a collection of works by contemporary glass pioneer, Therman Statom. Featured works include translucent shadow boxes constructed from sheet glass, screen-printed with various imagery and combined with found objects; a large-scale painting of two playing cards within a plate glass shadowbox with found objects entitled Summer Queens; a solid cast-glass house; and works on paper (vitreographs done at Harvey Littleton's studio in Western North Carolina). Frankincense is available for purchase at the gallery during this show, which runs through August 25th, 2018.
Therman Statom (b. 1953) is an artist whose primary medium is sheet glass. He cuts, paints, and assembles the glass - adding found and blown glass objects - to create three-dimensional sculptures. Many of these works are large in scale. He often utilizes sound and projected digital imagery as features in his work. He is best known for his painted ladders, houses, and chairs, and glass boxes.
Statom studied glass at Pilchuck Glass Center, received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and holds an MFA from Pratt Institute of Art and Design. He has taught at Pilchuck and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also received commissions for countless large-scale installations, including those at the Los Angeles Central Public Library and the Toledo Museum of Art.
Statom has also focused on the importance of educational programming within the arts. He regularly holds workshops for children and adults to create handmade art and to effect positive social change within the community.
Momentum Gallery will be selling tickets for this special unframed and matted print, edition 25/50, and the proceeds will benefit the Center for Craft. This fundraiser is open to all ages and we will not discriminate against any person. Momentum Gallery, the Center for Craft, and any other affiliates do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and/or marital status.
Some Glass Terminology
Our Summer of Glass shows, Reflections and GLASS PIONEERS: Therman Statom & Dale Chihuly, include works made utilizing a variety of techniques by contemporary glass sculptors across the country. We are thrilled to be exhibiting such incredible glass artists in our downotwn Asheville art gallery. Some have said "it is the best glass show Asheville has ever seen."
Everyone loves to see the exquisite work, but some people want to have a deeper understanding. In case you'd like to brush up on your glass vocabulary, the Corning Museum of Glass has an insightful list of terminology with pictures and definitions:
Jennifer's work will be shown in our upcoming show, Reflections, opening July 1st
Check out Jennifer Halvorson's work on This is Colossal! Momentum Gallery is thrilled to be showing Jennifer's work as part of our upcoming Summer of Glass Show, titled Reflections, opening July 1st, 2018.
Momentum Gallery is pleased to participate in the First Friday Gallery Art Walk in Downtown Asheville. The first friday of every month, Momentum hosts guests from 5-8pm with beer and wine and stimulating conversation. Stroll through the gallery, meet some of our artists, and enjoy your evening with us! We are thrilled to be a part of the downtown Asheville art gallery association!
Friday, June 8th, 4-7pm, Artist Talk at 6pm
Meet Sculptor Michael Enn Sirvet on Friday, June 8th, from 4-7pm at Momentum Gallery, 24 N Lexington Avenue, in Downtown Asheville. Michael will present an Artist Talk at 6pm. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. This event is presented in conjunction with a three person abstract exhibition at Momentum Gallery, including artists Michael Barringer, Jeannine Marchand, and Michael Enn Sirvet.
Michael Enn Sirvet, MAPLE GALE II, Maple hardwood & clear acrylic base, 28 x 29 x 5-1/4 inches
Michael graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in structural engineering and an overflowing fascination with science, the arts, nature, and the patterns that bind them together. Employed by one of the leading engineering firms in the world, Michael worked on such structures as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and the National Museum of American History.
Michael Enn Sirvet, RED SHADOW SPHERE, Powder-coated aluminum, 28 x 28 inches
For more than a decade, Michael has been producing sculptural artworks using metals,hardwoods, plastics, clay, stone, and paper. He continues to travel to the remote and fascinating places of the earth to immerse himself in the wonders of nature. Upon his return, he combines them in his studio with the science and mathematics which influences and shapes the artwork he creates. Michael Enn Sirvet is a highly accomplished sculptor whose work can be found in major collections throughout the world.
Michael Enn Sirvet, ROUSSEAU RAIN MIRROR, Aluminum, 26 x 44 x 1 inches
“I strive to capture the primitive beauty within familiar forms, to interpret their underlying architecture and their place in time and space, and construct a bridge between those simple icons and complex ideas. Inspired by the geometry inherent within the chaos of nature, and the technology and industry
which I use to mimic them, I create archetypal structures which are at once static and dynamic, organic and industrial, intricate yet tranquil.
“My hope is that the simple intricacies of my abstracted, purified forms and assemblages will invoke recognition and impart the wonder that I feel for nature. That I use industrial materials and methods to create enduring artworks that appear organic, delicate and ephemeral is an embedded irony when considering the effects of man's technological and industrial development upon nature and our environment. However, I feel that passion and the creative ability to turn the industrial and plain into beauty is a sign of the surest hope.”
– Michael Enn Sirvet
Michael Enn Sirvet, SUNSET OBSCURA, Powder-coated aluminum, 85 x 23 inches
How cool is this? Hope to see you there!
Pairing of Gallery Artists: Bill Hall | Maltby Sykes & Christian Burchard | Drew Galloway
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.
New Year's Eve Opening Reception December 31st, 2017, 5-8pmMomentum 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.
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!