Galleries Visual Arts

Energy and Life at Asheville Gallery of Art

Little Musicians. Kari Swanson, artist

Asheville Gallery of Art will host a joint show in December, Energy and Life, featuring the work of Sun Sohovich and Kari Swanson. Sohovich is a self-taught oil painter who identifies Quang Ho, Laura Robb and Phil Starke as some of her most influential inspirations. “Oil paints are very versatile and forgiving,” she says. “The colors are superior to acrylic and it blends and mixes colors beautifully.” Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Sohovich has lived in the US since 1985 and is best known for her still lifes, seascapes and landscapes. She is affiliated with the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, WNC Plein Air Painters, Asheville Urban Landscape Painters and Haywood County Arts Council. Her depictions of daily life provide a stark contrast to Swanson’s work. “Kari’s work is more abstract and represents energy, while mine is more traditional and represents daily life,” she says.

Swanson studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Academy of Cincinnati before graduating from the art program at Miami University of Ohio. The artist says she is inspired by vibrancy: both from the landscape and people. She works primarily in acrylics, but also experiments with chalk, ink and oil pastels. “My media all allow me to create the images I see with color and line,” she says. “I hope that viewers will come away from seeing my work with a personal connection with the art, and that it will stir their imagination.” The gallery will host a public reception for the artists on Friday, December 7, from 5–8 p.m.

Asheville Gallery of Art is located at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, across from Pritchard Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more, call 828.251.5796, visit or follow the gallery’s Facebook page.

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