Painting, clay, photography shows open at Upstairs Artspace

Published 10:12 am Friday, August 19, 2011

“Spring Pasture,” color photograph by Norm Powers. (photo submitted)

Three exhibits open at the Upstairs Artspace on Aug. 19 and run through Oct. 1. A public reception is Saturday, Aug. 20, 5 to 8 p.m. This is preceded at 4 p.m. by “Walk & Talk,” an informal tour of the art led by exhibiting artists. Everyone is invited to the free program. “Curvature and Color” presents new work by landscape painter Dale McEntire of Saluda and abstract artist Kenn Kotara of Asheville. The two artists share a fondness for vivid colors and curved lines; visitors will immediately notice how they complement each other in spite of different styles. Ranking among the best-known artists in the Southeast, McEntire and Kotara exhibit in selective galleries and museums. McEntire is also an accomplished sculptor. “Carolina the Beautiful: Seven Photographers” is a photography exhibit of scenic views and vistas ranging from breathtakingly lovely to reflective and quirky. Most of the images are color and measure small to super-large. The artists are Chris Bartol and Norm Powers, both of Tryon; Jeff Miller of Asheville; John Smith and Rimas Zailskas, both of Hendersonville; John Moore of Charleston; and Mark Olencki of Spartanburg. Some of the photographers will participate in a panel discussion about taking classic landscape pictures on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. “Souls of Clay” introduces Cassie Ryalls, a rising figurative clay artist from Asheville. Her three-dimensional sculpture is simple, colorful, elegant and, yes, full of soul. The opening reception takes place during the Tryon Gallery Trot. The Upstairs is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact 828-859-2828 or visit – article submitted by Nancy Holmes

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