A Very Special Gallery Hop this Friday!

Our last gallery hop of the year is tomorrow, Friday, December 16th from 11am - 8pm and we have two very special events!


3pm   Tea Ceremony with Emiko Suzuki

Take a break from the hectic season and enjoy the peaceful tradition of Japanese tea ceremony.  Emiko Suzuki, owner of the WNC Japanese Cultural Center, will be doing a 30 minute demonstration on the wabi sabi art for all to enjoy.

5pm   Award Ceremony for GFR artist Lucy Clark
Recipient of the Betty Taylor Award for Emerging Artist

We are so pleased for gallery artist, Lucy Clark, who is the first recipient of the Betty Taylor Award for Emerging Artists given by the Arts Council of Henderson County in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Henderson County.  
"Lucy Clark is a clay artist who plans to attend a three week workshop to study under master potter, Clarence Cruz, at the Georgia O’Keefe Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. The grant award will support her attendance at the workshop in early January, and afterward, the construction of a kiln." - Patty Smyers, ACofHC.
Come join us in this very special celebration of one of Western North Carolina's finest artist!

Thank you, Bold Life, for the colorful article on our first Art in Bloom!


Still Life, Awakened

Ikebana sculpture by Laura Felt; painting by Karen Paquette.

As far as we know, no one has yet tried the experiment with Monet’s Water Lilies — although, if we’re wrong, we’d love to see any attempt that’s out there. However, the local manifestation of the national Art in Bloom event isn’t about replicating the Masters, anyway: the idea is to elevate floral design to the level of any other artistic medium. When bloom experts interpret various works of visual art, they bring attention to their own passion.

It’s possible that flower arranging doesn’t always garner the same respect as a painted canvas. But in this case, with the reciprocal works set side by side, the horticultural endeavor comes out on top. The flowers’ ephemeral nature, the very poignancy of their not-lasting-ness, adds philosophical oomph. Art-in-the-moment, art-where-you-find-it, art-that’s-for-everyone — all these ideas begin to flourish.

Locally, the Gallery at Flat Rock (formerly the Studios at Flat Rock) will host its own branch of the concept this weekend. Owner Suzanne Camarata Ball talks about the “perfect” timing of having it Memorial Day Weekend … “since the town is in full celebration with Garden Jubilee.”

She notes that the Museum of Fine Art in Boston started Art in Bloom. “It was something that I enjoyed going to while living there. Even if the weather didn’t always reflect it, it marked the beginning of spring and an awakening in the city. Art in Bloom has been adopted in so many places, and I was keen to try one here in Flat Rock, especially knowing how many talented floral art forms or floral designers are in the area.”

Twenty artists are juried to participate in Art in Bloom, with works interpreted by floral artists from the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Sponsored by Advocates for the Arts of Henderson County and coordinated with Pam Hedstrom of the Hendersonville Flower Market, the event “creates awareness of our talented communities of fine artists and floral artists,” she says.

A preview gala for Art in Bloom on May 27, 5-8pm, will feature live music, refreshments, and the all-important vote for the Peoples Choice Award. $25/ticket, $40/pair. 2702-A Greenville Highway.    Proceeds will benefit Open Studio Tour of Henderson County taking place in September. Call 828-698-7000,  or visit studiosflatrock.com for more information.

You're My Cup of Tea

What better way to express your love for someone then letting them know, "You're my cup of tea."  We were thrilled when Red Cat Studio presented us with their newest design just in time for Valentine's Day.  Available as a card or a special order print.

©Red Cat Studio

©Red Cat Studio


Here are some other ways to let your special someone know they are loved!


Lastly, we are so excited to reveal some new tunics that Kathleen Weir-West has been working on for the trunk show this Saturday!  She will be accompanied by her very talented seamstress, Linda Handel, to help custom fit an order for you.

A Season of Thanksgiving

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  
Isaiah 55:12

Celebrating Fall at Chimney Rock                

Fall Foliage Photo Contest
This has been a spectacular season for fall colors and we want to see what you've photographed!  Email us your best shot of the fall foliage to info@studiosflatrock.com and the winner will receive an archival print of their image to be displayed in the gallery for the month of December.  The submission deadline is November 15th and the winner will be announced in the December newsletter.


Fall Salon Show

We have gotten great feedback about the Fall Salon Show that opened on October 9th, featuring the work of ten prominent local and national artists in a variety of mediums.  The show continues until December 30th.  We hope to see you soon!

Rusty Woodlands by Kate Thayer    

Rusty Woodlands by Kate Thayer



Holiday Workshops

We have some great workshops in store for you that requires no experience.  Bring a friend and your holiday spirit and you can expect to have a great time. To find out more, click here.

October Events

 Fall Salon Show. October 9 -December 30, 2015

Artists' Reception Friday, October 9, 5-8pm. 

                                                 Rope Out                                                                                                                                                                                                             ©Mitch Dobrowner

                                                 Rope Out                                                                                                                                                                                                             ©Mitch Dobrowner


Ten artists will be featured in the show: Larry Calkins, Walt Cottingham, Alan Daigre, Mitch Dobrowner, Anna Johnson, Christine Kosiba, Janet Orselli, Kate Thayer, Kate Thompson, and David Voorhees.  Each of these artists draw from the natural world around them and recognize the beauty of creation in all forms.  For more information about the show, click here.


Artist Talk: Alan Daigre October 19, 5-7pm



Alan Daigre had the vision of taking an iconic piece of furniture, the rocking chair, and update it to a stylish post and rung rope/wood block chair that combines impeccable craftsmanship and comfort.

Join us for a conversation about Alan’s creative process for his signature rocking chair, his collaboration with renowned wood sculptor, Michael Bauermeister, and his projects for the future.

More of Alan’s work can be see on his website, www.alandaigredesigns.com


Welcome to our newest studio members: 

These artists have selected works at the studio. They will change their representative pieces periodically, so take every opportunity to visit us! For more information on joining the studio, please contact us at 828-698-7000 or by email at info@studiosflatrock.com. 


Our first workshops were a success and the studio thanks Miriam Hughes and Flowers by Larry for their fun and informative classes!  There are a few more spots in the iPhone Photography class on October 20, however, both of the Alcohol Inks workshops have filled.  Not to worry, we have added another date in January.  

Click here for information on all the workshops offered.

We will be adding a wreath decorating class with Flowers by Larry in November so please stay tuned!

September Happenings

Please join us
for some or all
September Happenings
The Studios at Flat Rock.


We are so pleased to have Barbara Remensnyder and Linda Hendricks as guests of The Studios at Flat Rock for the open studio tour.  They are working hard to prepare for the weekend and WOW you with their new works!

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There has been a great response to the workshop series that will start in a couple of weeks!  We still have spots left in some of the September classes.  However, Playing with Alcohol Inks, is full so Barbara Remensnyder has agreed to teach another class in October.  Thank you, Barbara!  

Click here for the list of classes.

SAVE THE DATE for the next gallery opening on October 9, 5-8pm.    


Ladies Lunch at The Studios at Flat Rock

The Studios at Flat Rock hosted their very first luncheon that turned out wonderfully!  The guests enjoyed a summer menu of fresh ingredients presented by Chef Michael's Catering, a local family business focused on innovative, creative menu items with exceptional service.  The flowers were picked at Poppins Posies in Mills River and arranged at the studio.  Let us be your venue for an intimate affair.