Discovering Art in Asheville: Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center

I’ve heard much about Black Mountain College over the years, and often wondered about its current status. So, on a recent visit to Asheville NC, I was on a quest. What I found was a wonderful little storefront museum in the Downtown Arts District that celebrates Black Mountain College (BMC). For almost 30 years, the […]

Discovering Art in Asheville: The Asheville Art Museum

Western North Carolina is all about stunning layered mountain views, Blue Ridge hiking, the Biltmore estate … and art. Turns out that Asheville is an art town, boasting two separate studio & gallery districts, numerous art and craft-related museums and historic houses … and the recently expanded Asheville Art Museum. The River Arts District is […]

Clyde Butcher: Wild and Natural Places, Solitude and Wonder

A perfect pairing … Ansel Adams and Clyde Butcher!  Whether seen individually or exhibited together, the black and white photographic images of both men underscore that this land is unique and glorious, inspiring us to believe in the importance of preserving nature’s places of spiritual sanctuary. Two exhibitions, mounted together, CLYDE BUTCHER: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL […]

High Dynamic in Atlanta

Today’s High Museum of Art would be unrecognizable to the foresightful patrons who founded the Atlanta Art Association in 1905, when the population of the city numbered roughly 100,000. The High now serves 6MM Atlanta metro-area residents — plus an untold number of domestic and international visitors — and the collections and physical plant have […]

Cutting Corners with Patrick Dougherty

For 30 years Patrick Dougherty’s enchanting Stickwork sculptures have been sprouting up at museums, botanical gardens, and public spaces around the world. Amazing what you can do with 30,000 pounds of willow! Until recently I’d never seen one, but whenever I’ve read about a Dougherty Stickwork I’ve been tantalized. So it was a delight to […]

Art in Context: Peter Paul Rubens’ Altarpiece, The Descent From the Cross

It is a testament to Rubens’ extraordinary skill that he could convey such tenderness and devotion without any hint of sentimentality. The Descent from the Cross shows the artist moving away from his exuberant Baroque compositions to a more Classical approach. […]

Art in Context: Peter Paul Rubens’ Altarpiece, The Raising of the Cross

With this sensational painting, Rubens introduced the Baroque into Northern European art. In composition, iconography and size (15’ x 20’) it is resplendent with the artistic ideals of the Counter-Reformation. Imagine the effect this must have had when it was unveiled in 1610! […]