In addition to the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walks that occur on the First Friday of April through December, Woolworth Walk also has our own art events regularly.
On the First Friday of every month, there is an Opening Reception for the Featured Artist in the F.W. Gallery. Woolworth Walk also has extended hours during the summer season, a Seconds Sale in February and occasionally hosts a private party.
For the month of August, local artists Julie Calhoun-Roepnack and Paul Moberg will be featured in the F. W. Gallery at Woolworth Walk.
Paying homage to the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, Julie designs a distinctive mid-range (cone 6), lead-free, fully functional pottery collection inspired by the beauty and flora of Western North Carolina. Tall pines, shrubbery, rolling landscape and open sky are all individually hand-carved to create a balanced and soothing nature-scape on each piece; an image that is both familiar and indicative of the stunning scenery and terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
Paul’s journey to the arts is deeply linked to his need to build, create and manipulate his environment. At a young age he was drawn to sculpture, carving, and ceramics, later transitioning to woodwork, photography, drawing and even gardening. As a draftsman in several companies, he developed the skills to both express an idea through drawings, and then build the design. Photography, a welcome diversion from the 3 dimensional realm, became a process of seeing less and capturing more; this led to digital imaging. Along the way he studied massage therapy and became a successful therapist working at a resort spa. In 2010 Paul’s life changed as a movement disorder began to affect his balance, walking, and fine motor skills. No longer able to work in his usual capacity, he turned to his unique mix of skills and chose to follow his lifelong dream to pursue the arts. As the changes unfolded it became apparent that creating art was therapy. The physical act of painting, cutting materials by hand, and using the computer were tasks that benefit his disorder by challenging the nervous system. He now works in a new studio that is a light and music filled geodesic dome nestled in the gardens. While Paul is essentially self-taught, each of the techniques that he uses has been studied and repeated to master the limitations of the materials and tools that he employs. His current work is a mixed-media collage of acrylic paint, mulberry fiber paper, and archival inkjet prints. The paint is textured, sanded, and repeatedly layered with many thin glazes to build up the depth and color. The beauty and texture of the fine art paper is both exposed and absorbed into the gel mediums. The paper is too thin to be run through a large format printer and so a multi-step hand process is employed. The printed images have been deliberately stripped of all background detail through a unique shooting technique and unconventional editing. The layers are built up on birch ply panels that he constructs himself. Paul shares his art with the hope that it brings you a sense of peace that is found when one goes out into nature to explore the mountains around us.
Come meet Julie and Paul at the opening reception on Friday, August 4th from 5-7p.m. and enjoy the corresponding art walk.
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