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February 2014

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Offers Works by Lissa Friedman

The Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, will present Blue Ridge Palette Impressions, featuring works by Lissa Friedman, on view from Feb. 1 - 28, 2014. A reception will be held on Feb. 7, from 5-8pm.

The exhibition depicts Friedman’s palette-knife-produced oil paintings of the North Carolina landscape. 

“I began studying art in New York City at the Art Students League where I had several years of formal training in the Old Masters style,” says Friedman. “My work is moving and sensitive and reflects a spiritual connection to my subjects, capturing light and dark in the most natural sense. My work is in many private collections and is represented by several galleries.”

“While I have shown my work throughout the country, in recent years I have presented mostly in Florida, North Carolina, and California. My painting Grazing at Sunset appeared in the Salon International 2006, and Orange Light appeared in the Salon International in 2012; a juried show at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX. I also won two finalist awards for landscapes in the Artists Magazine. In 2007 I was featured in a show at the Ponte Vedra Inn. I have been in several group shows at the Corse gallery in Jacksonville, and Stellers in Ponte Vedra, FL. I have also had several shows at Hector’s Gallery in Gainesville, FL, and I was a part of a few groups shows in the Bay Area in CA.”

“I won an award for my painting of the Itchetucknee, River in Motion, in a competition put on by the International Artists Magazine,” adds Friedman. “The magazine requested to feature my work in an 8-page article in Feb. of 2010. Most recently I won first place in the annual juried show at the Red House in Black Mountain, NC.”

“When realistic art is done well it is done as an abstraction, where the pattern of shapes, relationships of forms, and lights and darks inform the object. One must be able to see without distortion, without the intellect or memory getting in the way of reality. One must learn to be quiet inside so that the process of seeing is not disturbed by the thinking of the mind,” says Friedman.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/251-5796 or visit (www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com).

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