Gallery 86 presents 'Contemporary Traditions'
The Haywood County Arts Council announces a new exhibition, "Contemporary Traditions," featuring the works of local artists.
This new exhibit is open to the public through Saturday, Sept. 28. The featured artists in this exhibit work in several mediums including glass, clay, fabric and painting.
Tadashi Torii is a seasoned glass blower who relocated to Western North Carolina in 2011. Born in Osaka, Japan, Tadashi moved to the United States and began studying business atGeorgia Southern in Americus, Georgia. Taking a class in the schools glass blowing studio changed his life.
Norma Bradley who creates fiber “Art Quilts” was born in New York City to parents who emigrated from Russia. She says, “I first learned to paint from my father and to appreciate needlework from my mother who taught me to sew, embroider, and knit.”
At Empire State College located in NYC she focused her studies in American art. In later years, as she did residencies in schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centers she became aware of the healing aspects of the creative process and how it helped to enrich and change people’s lives.
Fleta Monaghan is the Founder and Director of River’s Edge Studio and 310 Art Gallery located in a wonderful timeworn 100 year old warehouse in the River Arts District of Asheville. In recent years, Fleta has been working with oil and wax, oil pastels and painting with heated beeswax.
Glass blower Roger Parramore attended Western Carolina University and taught at the University for five years leaving in 1995 to become a studio artist. Known for his decanter and goblet sets, lidded urns and broad-lipped compotes, Parramore’s vessels are precise and thin.
Bob Martin is a father, grandfather, a great grandfather and an artist living in Candler. He is also a retired kilt maker and continues as a consulting historian of the kilt. Martin began painting at an early age and now paints using a technique developed in East Asia known as “Sumi-e” or ink wash painting.
Born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, Robert Gardner has worked in the arts since he was a teen, when he apprenticed to a jewelry maker. Moving from jewelry to film production, Gardner finally relocated to North Carolina near the Penland School of Crafts where he began another apprenticeship. This time his focus turned to glass.
Akira Sataki was born in Osaka, Japan and moved to the U.S. in 1983. In 2003 he relocated to Swannanoa and currently has a studio and gallery in the River Arts District, Asheville. Sataki says his ceramics “are collaboration between him, the clay and the fire.”
The fire is the random part of the collaborative equation as it transforms the clay. Akira Sataki’s ceramics can be found at the newly opened Gallery Mugen located in Cotton Mill Studios in the River Arts District, Asheville.
Corina Pia Torii, artist and yogini, was born near Frankfort, Germany and relocated to the U.S. in 1988. Over the past 20 years Corina has worked in the art world of Atlantaas an artist, graphics designer and yoga instructor.
Between 2003 and 2011, she assisted at five Cirque Du Soleil shows. Moving, with her husband glass blower Tadashi Torii, to Western NC in 2011 Corina continues to create her art and to teach yoga. Special thanks to Corina for using her talents to design the poster for this Gallery 86 exhibit.