Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paris of the South? Show opens at BlackBird Frame & Art

Asheville Dream Series by Lisa Ringelspaugh-Irvine

Opening Reception on Friday, July 9th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at BlackBird Frame & Art

Show dates: July 8th –July 24th

If you have lived in Asheville for any length of time you have most likely heard Asheville compared to Paris. Who knows? Maybe there is something to it... after all, Asheville is a very romantic place, and there is no lack of culture, diversity and nightlife. Our city has played muse to many notable artists, crafters, poets, and writers. Recently, we even had our own art heist just like the famous museums of Paris.

Lisa Ringelspaugh is a longtime resident and professional painter known for her lively watercolor interpretations of local landmarks. Inspired by turn-of-the-century Paris, Lisa asked herself, “If those artists visited Asheville, then what would happen?” Her new “Dream Series” answers with a touch of whimsy, a healthy dose of imagination and plenty of artistic license. Through Lisa’s brush, Matisse, Gauguin, Chagall and Dali have finally come to visit our fair city and have reinterpreted their favorite works in a new southern Appalachian light.

“Paris of the South?” is a fun, artistic romp through the city of Asheville, from Kim’s Wig Shop to the S&W Cafeteria, and certain to bring a smile to your face. Join Lisa on Friday evening for a special night of wine, refreshments, and stimulating conversation.

BlackBird’s gallery located at 365 Merrimon Avenue features the work of 25 local painters and artisans in diverse media and styles. Gallery manager Phil DeAngelo says, “Lisa is a serious painter, and in this case, she’s also shown us how seriously funny she can be.”

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