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November Issue 2003

16 Patton in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Scott Lowrey and John Torina

16 Patton in Asheville, NC, invites the public to an art exhibition featuring two well-known regional artists, Scott Lowrey and John Torina, which will be on view through Nov. 28, 2003.

Scott Lowrey holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC. He states: "Much of my work is autobiographical. I began painting the landscape in 1985 but my introduction to the genre started when I was five. My father, a landscape painter and art professor, would take me with him on his painting excursions. When I was a bit older, I would help him setup his easel and paints, and then I would go off exploring for the day while he worked. These early experiences in the backcountry of Western North Carolina gave me an intuitive connection to nature that would historically be aligned with Romanticism, Transcendentalism and the Hudson River and Barbizon Schools. lam... currently concerned with a multitude of moments contained in a particular place... at revisited locations in the mountains and the low country where I have been going all my life."

Lowrey's work is included in many major corporate collections, including the Asheville Art Museum, Warren Wilson College, the Asheville School, American Express Corporation and the Biltmore Estate.

John Torina has been painting from life for the past 25 years and painting for him has become "...a moving meditation." He says of his work: "The divine presence in nature has been a pursuit of landscape painters dating back to the unknown Chinese artists. I've strived to achieve the synesthetic experience by immersing myself in nature. It is much more than reasoning and thinking, more than a series of prepared acts and formulas ...it is an orientation of the whole body, mind and spirit ...in silence, attention and adoration."

Torina has had many solo and group exhibitions nationally at major galleries and has also received numerous international commissions. His work is included in the corporate collections of Arthur Anderson, Holiday Inn Corporation Headquarters, Peabody Hotel, Citizens Bank, First Tennessee Bank and many others.

For more information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 828/236-2889.

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