From abstract oils on canvas to more realistic oils focused on views of the sky, as well as vibrant and bold aviation photography and clay pot sculptures of expressive and active figures, the eighteenth Art in the Airport exhibit at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has officially opened and will run through August 31, 2013.
Four western North Carolina artists are highlighted in the exhibit. Nels Arnold, pottery sculptor, has explored clay for most of her life. She helped begin the first Arts Festival in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and in the early 90s began exhibiting her pottery and bronze cast work throughout western North Carolina. The faces and figures of women in movement remain her most challenging interest.
Barbara Sammons is an award-winning photographer with more than 40 years behind the camera. Her favorite subjects are classic cars, junkyard cars, trucks and old buildings, and mother nature. Her work in this exhibit focuses solely on aviation, and several of the photographs were taken at AVL. Her post-processing techniques transform the photographed images into fine art and even pop art.
James Sanders is a painter who has exhibited throughout the United States and in The Netherlands, and abstract oils on canvas are highlighted in this exhibit. His understanding of a subject, color and form are a foundation on which his experiences are then translated into visual expressions.
Finally, Myriah Strivelli, a native of western North Carolina, began her art-making at a very young age. She has studied extensively, and holds a B.A. in painting and drawing from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and a B.F.A. in printmaking from Western Carolina University. She is inspired by the natural world, and intertwines nature, culture and spirituality into her artwork.
"The Art in the Airport program is a wonderful way for the airport to highlight regional artists," said Tina Kinsey, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at AVL. "The culture of our region is steeped deeply in the arts, and the airport is often the first impression of our region to incoming travelers. How exciting it is that we are able to share and celebrate art from the talented artists in western North Carolina with our visitors, and also with the thousands of local residents who travel through the airport each week."
Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL's primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. An advisory committee, made up of regional artists, participates in the selection process. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport's website at flyavl.com.