It’s a rare occasion when an artist is given the opportunity to hear, first-hand, how much their art means to the individual observer. It’s all the more powerful when that observer is a cancer patient whose experience of art has contributed substantially to their overall wellbeing during the treatment process.
On Monday, March 13, at 5:30 pm on WLOS 13, we’re given the chance to eavesdrop on the conversation when Pam McLaughlin, a patient of the Pardee Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hendersonville, meets local artist Kelly G. Chelena to express her appreciation for the art on display in the new cancer treatment facility.
Ms. McLaughlin spends as much as six hours at a time in treatment and has become intimately acquainted with the original paintings, sculpture and photography exhibited throughout the corridors and examination rooms of the Cancer Center. In Monday’s “Windows of Beauty” episode of the WLOS 13 “Carolina Moments” program, she offers a highly personal view of her engagement with the art, eloquently illustrating the power of art to offer inspiration and solace during difficult and stressful times.
Kelly G. Chelena is one of ten artists whose work is exhibited throughout the Cancer Center, and provides the artist’s perspective on what it means to be included in this significant collection of work. Speaking for all the artists, she underscores the humbling gratification to be found by extending an uplifting hand of support to the patients, friends, family and staff embraced by the artwork each day.
Please join WLOS 13 reporter John Le as he brings together the artist and the art lover – collaborators on the path of life and color.
Click here for a sneak peek at Monday's segment.
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!
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 People’s 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.
Artists' Reception for the WNC Design Guide Show
Thursday, May 12th from 6-8pm
Please join us for a celebratory evening with the artists of the WNC Design Guide Show. As the show concludes, this will be your chance to meet the artists while enjoying light refreshments. Hope to see you there!
The Studios at Flat Rock welcome the talented artists of the WNC Design Guide to talk about their compelling work. Join us for an informal afternoon of creative discovery. Questions are encouraged! If you haven't seen the show yet, this is the perfect time to come.
Save the date:
Closing Reception for the WNC Design Guide Show
Thursday, May 12th 6-8pm
Light refreshments and great conversation!
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce that Tara laTraverse is the winner of the Fall Foliage Contest. Her image will be printed on archival paper and displayed in the studio for the month of December.
Thanks to all who submitted entries to the contest. There were many compelling images to choose from and judges, Julie Mallett and Chris Shook (owners of Julie Mallett Photography and Artistic Framing, respectively) had their work cut out for them!
We have added an ornament workshop for December just in time to decorate your tree or to give as gifts (see description below)!
The ever so popular Beginner's Alcohol Ink Workshop is being offered again on January 9th and a new Intermediate Alcohol Ink Workshop on February 7th. Please check the website for a description.
The 2016 Winter Schedule will be posted on our website soon, but things to look forward to are workshops in paper lampshade making, iPhone photography, watercolor/gouache resist, and Korean dumpling making.
Shop local and handmade!
The Holiday Pop-Up Market is just around the corner! We are excited to introduce some incredible artists and designers from other markets to our gallery for the holiday season.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook for highlights on each artist as well as updates on these two special shopping events we are having (see flyers below).
We are incredibly thankful to all of the artists and patrons who have enthusiastically supported the gallery and gift store. How quickly time flies as we have just passed our 6 month mark since opening. We have some GREAT programs in the works for 2016, so I hope you continue to check in with us.
Wishing you a joyous 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
Thank you, Janet Orselli, for taking photographs at the opening. WE had a nice turn out and some great feedback.
Fall Salon Show. October 9 -December 30, 2015
Artists' Reception Friday, October 9, 5-8pm.
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:
- LaRue Downing - Downing Fine Woodworking
- Lynn Nordt - Watercolor Paintings
- Carole Norris - Silk Luminares
- Phyllis Peterson - Encaustic Mixed Media Painting
- Kathleen Weir-West - Handwoven Fine Art Wearables
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 email@example.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!
Please join us
for some or all
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!
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.
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.