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Nature Highlighted in Showcase Gallery at Blue Spiral 1

Vicki Grant and Suzanne Stryk are among the talented artists whose work is on display as Blue Spiral 1 celebrates spring in Western North Carolina in its large, light-filled gallery. A number of new exhibitions continue through Friday, April 28.

Grant exhibits her latest Windows to the Earth ceramic tiles in the Showcase Gallery. Trained as an architect, she constructs each work using organic items and her pieces are often collected in sets for dramatic impact.

“I transform clay using gifts from nature,” says Grant. “Porcupine quills, fossils, stones, feathers, wood and shells are the basic building blocks that are incorporated in this series. I have always felt that the most amazing forms, structures, colors and textures are found within nature and that exposure to these elements has been my inspiration and teacher.”

Also using elements from the natural world, Stryk creates avian-inspired paintings that highlight the beauty of form. The written word sometimes is incorporated as an additional facet of her beguiling work.

“My paintings are about nature, yes, but they’re equally about our own experience of life,” Stryk says. “In many of the works, I’ve sculpted nests or attached actual plants on the wood panel. The juxtaposition of these rough textures with the more refined painted imagery really appeals to me—both visually and in the way it relates to qualities I see in the natural world.”

The third artist featured in the Showcase Gallery is Bryant Holsenbeck, who creates three-dimensional animals. These whimsical forms are made from mixed media, including found objects.

Other featured works on the main floor (Gallery Two) include glass by Alex Bernstein, acrylic wall pieces by Carrie McGee, ceramics by Donald Penny, landscape painting by David Skinner and painting by Scott Upton. Thrown and altered ceramic forms by Nicholas Joerling will be shown in the Small Format Gallery. Gallery One features new works from Luke Allsbrook (painting), Eleanor Annand (original prints), and Brad Sells (wood) along with others.

Blue Spiral 1 Gallery is located at 38 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 12–5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call 828.251.0202 

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