Skyuka Fine Art show ‘Women of Western North Carolina’

Published 8:31 am Monday, August 1, 2011

Skyuka Fine Art announces its next show “Women of Western North Carolina” featuring three artists; Linda Cheek, Shelia Wood Hancock and Kelly Phipps. Their work features oils that depict sunsets at dusk, pastoral scenes in greens and blues and cityscapes of Asheville and Marshall. Pastel works have been completed for this exhibit as well.
Linda Cheek has made a career of landscape painting since 1990 when she gave up her job as an illustrator for Lockheed and moved to the Marshall area, near Asheville. Cheek is one of the founding members of the Western North Carolina Plein-Air Painters.
“When possible, I prefer to paint en plein-air, on the spot, because I feel the mood of the place and my reaction to the surroundings are of vital importance to the production of a good painting. I believe that if I spend a lifetime seriously and humbly studying the beauty of the spots of color made by objects as they come together, it cannot but react on me as part of God’s creation and by the time I have painted my 1,000 and one paintings, I’ll begin to have a glimmer of what beauty is,” said Cheek.
Sheila Wood Hancock specializes in landscapes inspired by her travels in Europe and her love of the southern United States. Hancock paints in oil in an impressionistic style. She is a member of oil painters of America, Mountain Arts Association and the Atlanta Artists Center.
Hancock said, “Painting is my passion. I look forward to getting out there and having a conversation with my canvas as I try to weave a story using paint. When I get lost in a painting, I know I have a good painting and hope that the viewer can see the story and the mystery also.”
Kelly Phipps’ work blends classical realism and impressionism. Phipps is a member of the Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters.
Phipps said, “Painting from life is a joyous and fulfilling process. When one can let go and simply see the subject, one realizes that everything is there already, laid out and generously given to those who care to stop and see. It’s a humbling and wondrous feeling that life gives so freely… all I have to do as an artist is let go of all my presumptions about a subject and say ‘yes’ to all that my subject offers.”
“Women of Western North Carolina” will run at Skyuka Fine Art from July 30 – Sept. 1. There will be an opening reception on July 30 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Skyuka Fine Art is located at 133 N. Trade St. in downtown Tryon. Email or call 828-817-3783 for more information.
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