“Opening Up to Art” Show at Asheville Gallery of Art

“Egret On a Tin Roof” by Chris Bell.

Asheville – Asheville Gallery of Art’s November show, “Opening Up to Art,” is a multi-member show featuring each artist’s personal exploration into being part of this world during uneasy times. The show runs November 1–30 during gallery hours, which are 12–5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Visitors can also arrange for a private tour by emailing a request to

Among the many artist members exhibiting, a few share some insights on their works: Chris Bell, noted for custom portraits, also explores the natural world through her art. She often uses alcohol inks to create colorful and expressive interpretations of the wonder around us. Of her painting “Egret On a Tin Roof” Chris says, “It’s as if the egret is thinking, ‘I can feel it…coming in the air tonight.’”

Olga Dorenko says her painting “Winter Sun” reminds her of Russian winters. “I lived in Siberia for five years. And while the weather is cold with lots of snow, there are many magical scenes that are soft and peaceful.”

Bill George defines his work as realism or naturalism, a style of art that attempts to portray the subject as it actually appears in real life but stops short of looking like a photograph. He worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in his own graphic design firm on Madison Avenue, New York. 

Commenting on her painting “Opening,” Zoe Schumaker says, “These bright asters were photographed in a garden in Ashland, Oregon before COVID-19 and the recent devastating fires. I used a black background to ‘pop’ the flowers, giving the painting a more stylized, graphic feeling.”

For further information about this show, contact Asheville Gallery of Art at 828-251-5796 during open hours, email, visit the website at, or find them on Facebook. 

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