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August Issue 2008

North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Luke Allsbrook

The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Our Precious Land: Visions and Scenes of North Carolina, featuring works by internationally known artist, Luke Allsbrook, on view in the Baker Exhibit Center, through Sept. 21, 2008. The exhibit presents oil paintings on canvas that reflect the beauty of farmland across the mountain region and other natural and created landscapes.

Working from his Waynesville, NC, studio, Allsbrook combines naturalism and romanticism techniques to create actual representations of his surroundings as well as imagined scenes.

University of Georgia professor of art James A. Herbert says, "These paintings transcend the pictorial because they suggest not only an exterior vision, a heightened reality, but an interior soul-catching spiritual journey."

Beyond its visual appeal, the exhibit also brings awareness to the value of land resources, loss of farmland and the need for conservation in NC. Several works were painted on site from the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center near Asheville, and new paintings of the Arboretum landscape will be included in the exhibit.

Allsbrook received an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US and is included in the Forbes collection, The US Department of State, and in the collection of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. Allsbrook served as official tour artist for Prince Charles on his 2005 state tour of organic farms in the US, painting scenes of each location visited.

The recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundations Grant and two-time Posey Scholar, Allsbrook has taught drawing and painting at the New York Academy of Art, the Lyme Academy of Art, William Paterson University, UNC-Asheville, and in Italy with the University of Georgia Cortona Program. Most recently, he was designated as the 2008 artist in residence at Balsam Mountain Preserve and was featured in the Jan., 2008 issue of Southern Living magazine.

Allsbrook's exhibit is made possible by funding from the Arboretum's Community Partners Star 104.3 FM, and McGuire, Wood and Bissette, P.A.

For further information check our NC Institutional gallery listings, call the Arboretum at 828/665-2492 or visit (www.ncarboretum.org).

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