By Natasha Anderson
In celebration of Earth Month, Blue Spiral 1 (BS1) hosts Organic Form: Works Inspired by Nature, on display through Friday, April 27, in the gallery’s main level. The show features ten artists, all of whom express their appreciation for the natural world in a unique way.
“We asked each one to make new works for the exhibit,” says BS1 marketing and communications coordinator Ali Whitman. “We did not know what the final pieces would look like or if they would even be cohesive, but the result has created a warm, inviting exhibition with an interesting and diverse use of materials.”
Exhibiting artists are Alice R. Ballard, Christina Brinkman, Hillary Waters Fayle, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Kristin LeVier, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, Dian Magie, Suzanne Stryk and Alison Sigethy. The works on display include wooden botanical carvings, textured outdoor environments, ceramic seed pods and oceanic core samples made from glass.
“I hope to inspire a shifted perspective on the way we view the natural world,” says Waters Fayle, who is showing a selection of pieces made of actual leaves that she has stitched and embroidered by hand. “To explore and appreciate what is so often overlooked and to realize the potential for existence in balance with nature.”
Stryk, who will show work ranging from small, intimate pieces on wood to seven-foot canvases, states, “I’m awed by evolution’s variety and how we insert ourselves into its story. My goal is to convey a fascination with the living world and an understanding of our role as observers within it.” Her subject matter includes bird nests, feathers and other natural fragments arranged in interesting compositions with striking color and detail.
“This show brings together artists that our viewers have been familiar with over the years along with new artists that we’ve never shown before,” says Whitman. It is a wonderful introduction to the spring season, as well as a celebration of our planet.”
In addition to Organic Form, BS1 will also host three other exhibitions throughout the month, including Still Life, a collection of turned-wood bowls by Philip and Matt Moulthrop, photography by John Dickson and new works by Dana Brown. In conjunction with all exhibitions and Earth Month, BS1 will host a free and public art talk with Philip and Matt Moulthrop on Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m.
Blue Spiral 1 is located at 38 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit bluespiral1.com or call 828.251.0202.