Joyce Schlapkohl Featured Artist of the Month

Jul 23, 2014
Joyce Schlapkohl

Joyce Schlapkohl will be Asheville Gallery of Art featured artist for August.

Her show, "Reflections of Summer," will run from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31.  A reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 and the public is invited.

"For many years, I studied, taught and painted in watercolor," said Schlapkohl, who is a past president of the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society and a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. "After a while, I felt a strong desire to switch to oils and have been painting almost exclusively in oils for the past nine years."

"Reflections of Summer" will feature a range of subject matter, including landscapes, flowers, still-life, and animals.

"I try to transform ordinary images into reflections of color and light," said Schlapkohl. "A wonderful thing about painting is that you never stop learning, never stop developing your eye. I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate the process. Often, clear value patterns of light and shade draw me to a particular subject. Then I strive for strong design and color harmony. The changing mountain landscape, animals grazing, and flowers blooming are generally my subjects, as well as my inspiration. Painting is a solitary, nonverbal form of expressiveness that enriches my life and brings me joy.”

Schlapkohl's studio is in Waynesville, where she continues to teach oil painting.

The gallery is located at 16 College Street in downtown Asheville, across from Pritchard Park. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 251-5796 or visit