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In addition to the Downtown Asheville Art District Walks that occur on the First Fridays, 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, fall and holiday seasons, a Seconds Sale in February and occasionally hosts a private party.

Woolworth Walk is pleased to announce the following Featured Artist Shows:

April 1–29, 2024MariLou Solares

Local artist MariLou Solares is the April Featured Artist at Woolworth Walk with her show entitled "Art Remedies the Body, the Soul & Spirit".

"During moments of inspiration I travel back in time and reminisce the pleasure of living: good and bad times, the Earth, love, gratitude, deception, faith and courage. Each piece of my work is simply a gift from my soul to the recipient." - MariLou Solares

MariLou Solares was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957. Her art education began in Puerto Rico with Argentinian professor Antonio Gantes. Artist Jorge Rechani was her teacher and mentor in her middle and high school years. MariLou attended The Art Student's League in Old San Juan, and Casa Candina Ceramics Studio in Condado, Puerto Rico. Her Associates in Art degree is from MDCC College in Miami, FL and her Bachelor in Fine Arts is from Southampton College of Long Island University. From 1979 to 2013, she lived in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Florida, where she worked with my family and raised two children, Luly and Manny. Throughout this period she participated in several Plein Air Competitions at Deering Estate, FL achieving First Place and Honorable Mention. MariLou created a series of 12 religious acrylic paintings for Sr. Richards Chapel at Palmetto Bay, FL. Through the years, she has created large oil paintings, portraits, botanicals and landscapes which are now in collector's homes throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. MariLou moved to Asheville in 2014, where she pursues her Professional Artist life. She paints wooden bird houses while enjoying the outdoors. She is a faithful person and loves exploring the diverse religions, for the past several years has become fascinated with Buddhism and takes delight in Yoga practice. She created a series of oil and watercolor paintings for Asheville Community Yoga in Woodfin, NC. She exhibited her oil paintings in 2018 and 2019 at the Asheville Regional Airport. In May of 2018 and 2019, she also participatedat the Montford Music & Arts festival. In 2018, she was a part of the 46th Annual Biltmore Village Arts and Crafts festival. In late 2018 to early 2019, her Buddha-inspired art was exhibited at "Works of the Heart" in Unity of The Blue Ridge. Since 2019, MariLou spends her time giving private art lessons and enjoying various ceramic sessions at Odyssey Clayworks. She says, "What motivates me: faith, fine arts and crafts, music, theater, yoga, dancing, the ocean, our mountains, swimming, fishing, sailing, lots of reading, puzzles and travels to the National Parks."

Please come meet MariLou at her First Friday opening reception, April 5, from 4-6pm.

May 1–30, 2024Spring in the Mountains

During the month of May, Woolworth Walk will feature Casi Fordham's "Spring in the Mountains" in the FW Gallery.

Casi Fordham is a long time resident of Asheville. She is a self taught artist, inspired by the natural world around her. Her process involves sketching and layering watercolor paints. She most often paints from photographs she’s taken in nature. Casi’s landscape paintings are i nspired from regional hikes taken throughout the year in Western North Carolina, and based off of her own photography. Her young son, Wilder, has a strong influence on her work, constantly reminding her to slow down and look at all the color that surrounds her life. These little scenes often turned into a painting. Wilder and Casi have recently started a nature journal. This excitement for spring and new growth has inspired this show, “Spring in the Mountains”.

Please come meet Casi at her First Friday opening reception, May 3, from 4-6pm.

Gallery 828-254-9234 | Soda Fountain 828-254-9210

25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
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