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Asheville Gallery of Art’s July show, “Colors of Summer,” will feature the work of
Joyce Schlapkohl. The exhibit will showcase summer flowers, the Carolina
landscape, still life, and African animals. Schlapkohl describes her style as,
“painterly realism, with an emphasis on the focal point using light and shadow and
their interaction on a variety of subjects.”
Primarily known for her work in oil, the artist started as a watercolor artist, and
taught in that medium. Her permanent move to North Carolina changed the way she
worked. “The landscape seemed to call for the texture of oil. I found such freedom
with oils and love the buttery feel of applying each stroke. Oils are versatile and
forgiving and the texture can vary from thin to impasto using a palette
knife,” Schlapkohl said.
The artist says of her work, “I’m inspired by our beautiful nature and objects that
I find aesthetically beautiful. My paintings are to be uplifting and a pleasure for
the viewer to enjoy. It is my hope that my talent and acquired skill will provide
the viewer an emotional attachment to my painting.” Schlapkohl is a signature
member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and is Asheville Gallery of
Art, Seven Sister’s Gallery in Black Mountain, and The Cindy Saadeh Gallery of
Fine Art in Kingsport, Tennessee.
“Colors of Summer” runs from July1 through 31. The public is cordially invited to a
reception on Friday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Joyce’s work and that of the other 31
gallery members will be on display and for sale through the month during regular
hours, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The
gallery is located at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, across from Pritchard Park.
August will feature the work of expressive contemporary painter Jane Molinelli,
featuring abstract work that is bold, energetic, and colorful.