Blue Spiral 1 Opens to the Public


Dates: July 3rd – August 28th, 2020

OPENING WEEKEND RECEPTION: All Weekend we will be open from 12-5pm for the opening of these 4 new shows!

Main Gallery: Tools of the Trade: Reinterpreting Women’s Work  (Image: Coke Girl)

In celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, ‘Tools of the Trade’ is the first of two all women shows the gallery is hosting in 2020. This exhibition will include ceramics, glass, weavings, sculpture, furniture and more, which reference and pay homage to the tradition of “women’s work” in the contemporary realm.
Artists: Sasha Baskin, Jen Blazina, Elizabeth Brim, Martha Clippinger, Annie Evelyn, Amber Jensen, Maggie Jaszczak, Melissa Zexter

Small Format Gallery: Alberto Ortega – Cul de Sac     (Image: House)

Paintings in ‘Cul de Sac’ explore the American suburban landscape with mundane, often voyeuristic, depictions of homes and neighborhoods. Ortega combines his European training, influenced by Baroque tradition, with narrative themes born of American literary and visual representations found in the works of artists and writers such as Raymond Carver, Richard Ford and Edward Hopper.

Lower Level Gallery: Hyperrealism, Deception and Blurred Media   (Zexter- woman + texture)

This exhibition presents the work of 13 artists who demonstrate a high degree of technical virtuosity. These artists entice viewers to become immersed in the act of looking, drawing them in with the optical tricks and deception traditional in trompe l’oeil work.

Artists: Kenneth Baskin, Lisa Belsky, Scott Belville, Michael Fitts, Matthew Hebert, Jackson Martin, Teagan McClarnan, Harvey Meyer, Ward Nichols, Thomas Pfannerstill, Paul Rousso, Eric Serritella, Suzanne Sidebottom

Showcase Gallery: Ralph Burns – A Time Before: Asheville and Beyond, 1975-1999 

Acclaimed documentary photographer and Asheville local, Ralph Burns, presents a body of work exploring the Asheville-area during the late 20th century. The images he captured during that time speak of an aging city and population, on the verge of becoming obsolete, with little indication of the growth to come.