News & Events
February 28, 2011
UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery presents "Intimacy and Contemplation," a new exhibit of fiber art using unique approaches that invite the viewer to share the artists' quiet contemplative space. The exhibit, featuring works by Norma Bradley and Vicki Essig, opens March 7 and will remain on view through April 2. There will be a closing reception with the artists 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in Blowers Gallery.
Bradley incorporates photography and digital processes into her fiber art, contrasting handwork with technology. Essig weaves natural elements and small found objects into her works, playing with light and translucency, and the dichotomy between fragility and strength. The works are very distinct, but both artists incorporate elements of time, nature and contemplation.
Bradley, who relocated to North Carolina from her native New York City more than three decades ago, is Director of Education for HandMade in America and is a teaching artist in the North Carolina State Visiting Artist Program. Her works hang in private and corporate collections. Essig grew up in the Rocky Mountains but now lives and maintains a studio in Asheville. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, is a founding member of Ariel Contemporary Craft Gallery, and has taught at Penland School of Craft. Her works are on exhibit at Blue Spiral 1 in downtown Asheville.
Blowers Gallery, located in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library, is free and open to the public, and is usually open 7 days a week. For gallery hours and more information, call 828/251-6436, or visit the gallery Web site.