In addition to the five annual Art Walks that occur on the First Friday of April, June, August, October and December, Woolworth Walk also has other 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 March 2017, local artists Jennifer Barrineau and Marilou Solares will be showcased in the F. W. Gallery at Woolworth Walk.
Jennifer Barrineau grew up in Sarasota Florida where she received her BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. In the years following she worked for various companies in Florida and New Orleans illustrating concepts for product and package design. Barrineau has created designs approved and completed by Coca Cola, Budweiser, Gibson Guitars, Girl Scouts of America, and others. After having a child and moving to Asheville 12 years ago, she decided to focus on creating her own images. Mountain life has inspired this artist to develop a vibrant color driven style of painting to express her love of nature. The works in this show continue that path with portraits of birds, and our more domestic friends brought in close together in a whimsical manner.
Marilou Solares was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957. Her art education began in Puerto Rico at age 10 with Argentinian Professor Antonio Gantes, artist Jorge Rechani was her teacher and mentor during Middle & High School years. She attended The Art Student’s League in Old San Juan, and Casa Candina Ceramics Studio in Condado, Puerto Rico. She received an Associates in Art degree from MDCC College at Miami, Fl., and a Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree from Southampton College of Long Island University. She had the opportunity to live in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Florida. Throughout this period she participated in several Plein Air Competitions at Deering Estate, Fl. where she achieved first place & honorable mention. She created a series of 12 Religious acrylic paintings for Sr. Richards Chapel at Palmetto Bay Florida. During the years she has created large oil paintings, being portraits, botanicals and landscapes. Marilou moved to Asheville in 2014, where she is now pursuing her professional Artist life. She paints wooden bird houses while enjoying the outdoors. Last year she explored Buddhism and Yoga practice. She created a series of Oil and Watercolor Paintings which she donated to Asheville Community Yoga in Woodfin, to help raise funds for their expansion. She continues to create Yoga themed watercolors and have incorporated them along with: “The Flight & Stay Asheville” Bird homes Series 1 and 2 at Woolworth Walk Gallery. Her personal Interests are: faith, fine arts and crafts, music, theatre, yoga, the ocean, mountains, swimming, fishing, sailing, tubing, reading, doing puzzles, travels to The National Parks and a few Caribbean Islands. This is her testimonial: “During moments of inspiration I travel back in time and reminiscence past good and bad situations, The Earth, feelings of love, gratitude, deception, faith and courage. Each piece of my work is simply a gift from my soul to the recipient.”
Come meet Jennifer and Marilou at the opening reception on First Friday, March 3rd from 4-6 p.m.
For the month of April, local artists Molly Courcelle and Jessica Hall will be showcased in the F. W. Gallery at Woolworth Walk.
Asheville artist Molly Courcelle grew up surrounded by art—her mother, artist Bee Sieburg, encouraged her from an early age to view the world with an artist’s eye. They spent time drawing and painting outdoors noticing colors, forms, and compositions found in nature. They also loved to visit art galleries and museums where Molly gained a love of art history at an early age. Molly attended Wake Forest University, receiving Bachelor of Arts with a focus in painting. Upon graduating she became involved in floral design while living in Cambridge, MA and Providence, RI. After moving to Asheville in 1997, Molly and her mother opened The Gardener’s Cottage, a floral and antiques shop in Asheville’s Biltmore Village. They sold the business in 2004 upon the arrival of her first son, William. She has since had another son, Andrew, born in 2006. The family welcomed Martha Grace into the family by way of adoption in August of 2014. When describing her work, Molly says, “I am fascinated by the shape, pattern, and movement that I see in nature. That is where I find my visual inspiration: the contour of a leaf, the color of a petal, the softness of a shadow, the line of a stem. Yet this is just where the painting begins. Shapes and composition are formed, lines and colors are added and taken away. The process is spontaneous and just as much reactionary. The result is a painting that is layered and painterly, generally abstract yet essentially organic.” Molly’s Christian faith plays an important role in the artwork and many of her titles have Biblical references. “Bringing my faith into the work gives purpose and excitement to the act of painting. While my visual vocabulary is directly linked to nature, the subject of my work is mainly scriptural. Not only do my pieces become about what the Lord is teaching me but they can communicate something meaningful and personal to the viewer. I just love that!”
Jessica Hall has been experimenting with jewelry for 30 + years. First starting out at a young age working in beading and stringing, then about 13 years ago working with a torch and learning more advanced techniques. After completing a Jewelry Technician Course in San Francisco in 2010 she opened her own studio and thus was the beginning of Bluebird Designs. Her love of enamel and the colors it produced fascinated her and led to the now diverse line of whimsical and happy pieces that fill the “Bluebird” line. With a new lost wax casting set-up in her studio in the River Arts District she is working towards the launch of a new high-end line, Plume Fine Jewelry, consisting of gemstones, gold, enamel, and sterling silver. You will see some of those first pieces at the Woolworth gallery exhibit this April as well as some of her classic yet unique pieces from Bluebird Design.
Come meet artists Molly and Jessica at the opening reception on First Friday, April 7th from 5-7p.m. and enjoy the corresponding first Art Walk of the year.
Gallery 828-254-9234 | Soda Fountain 828-254-9210
25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
©2017 Woolworth Walk, LLC.