Junaluskans dinner meeting will feature artist Luke Allsbrook

Sep 11, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Luke Allsbrook and his wife Renee, left, live in Waynesville with their four children. Allsbrook has a long list of artistic achievements including serving as the tour artist for HRH the Prince of Wales on his visit to the United States in 2005.

A dinner meeting of the Junaluskans will feature a program on the art of Luke Allsbrook, a resident of Waynesville. The public is invited to the Junaluskans dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Lambuth Inn, located at 55 Lambuth Drive in Lake Junaluska. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska.

Allsbrook was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and received a BFA in painting from Indiana University (Bloomington) and an MFA from The New York Academy of Art. Allsbrook's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and is included in the Forbes collection, Mercedes Benz, the U.S. Department of State and in the collection of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

In November 2005, Allsbrook served as “tour artist” for HRH the Prince of Wales on his visit to the United States. The prince has traditionally taken an artist along on state tours as a way to support the arts and to document his trips. Allsbrook was recommended for the position by a British artist he met on a painting trip in Normandy, France. As tour artist, Allsbrook traveled with the prince’s staff executing painting and drawing sketches over a five- day period in the San Francisco area.

The recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundations Grant and two-time Posey Scholar, Allsbrook has taught drawing and painting at the New York Academy of Art, The Lyme Academy of Art, William Paterson University, UNC-Asheville and in Italy with the University of Georgia Cortona Program. He now resides in Waynesville with his wife, Renee, and their four children.

Art critics have said Allsbrook's paintings transcend the pictorial because they suggest not only an exterior vision and a heightened reality, but an interior soul-catching, spiritual journey. They are simultaneously landscape and inscape, pervasive with the warm atmosphere of devout feeling as well as radiant phenomena, the light behind the eye as well as in front of it.