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April Issue 2010

Echo Gallery in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Jen Swearington, Libby & Jim Mijanovich, Barbara Zaretsky, and Emily Reason

Echo Gallery at Biltmore Park in Asheville, NC, will present the exhibit, Threads, featuring new work by fiber artists Jen Swearington, Libby & Jim Mijanovich ("Mija") and Barbara Zaretsky, as well as ceramic pieces by Emily Reason, on view from Apr. 16 through May 30, 2010.     

Working with recycled vintage clothing for raw material, the Mijanovich's transform simple, plain, nondescript fabrics into intricate and involved works of art. Swearington uses gesso, shellac and ink to draw, paint and stitch on recycled bed sheets, illustrating stories "that have yet to be written".  Zaretsky is the director of Cloth Fiber Workshop in Asheville.  She incorporates organic and sustainable materials in her line of home furnishings and wearable accessories. Reason's porcelain pottery is thrown on the potter's wheel, altered and trimmed, then carved, decorated and glazed on the surface.

In addition to these guest artists, there will be new work from member artists including painters Genie Maples, Barbara Fisher, Susan Finer and Cindy Walton; ceramic artist Lori Theriault, photo artist Laurie McCarriar, textile artist Susan Webb Lee and ceramic sculptor Anna Koloseike.  

The first art gallery to open in Town Square, the gallery is a co-op run by its members. Founded on goals that include the support of local art as well as connection to community, Echo donates 5% of all sales to MANNA Food Bank. 

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/687-7761 or visit (www.echoasheville.com).

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