Asheville Gallery of Art’s August show, “Layers,” will feature the work of Jane Molinelli. “The name of the show comes most literally from my process of working in layers of paint, but also from the more abstract sense that my work contains different layers of meaning for each viewer,” says the artist. Molinelli describes herself as a contemporary expressive painter. “Rather than capturing a scene or object, I use color and line to convey an emotional connection found in shared places, memories, and experiences.”
Molinelli works both in oils and acrylics to create work that is bold, energetic, colorful, and thought provoking. She says she discovered her “art tribe” early. “Even at a young age, I gravitated to the modern section of any art museum I visited, and was always attracted to the abstract expressionists.” She believes color and line are powerful tools that can speak to us on a deep emotional level in a universal language we all share.
The artist began her work as a fiber artist. She settled in Asheville after attending Penland School of Crafts where she studied weaving. “I spent years as a craft book editor, but realized my heart belonged back with the visual arts. Once I started painting, I knew I was truly home.” Molinelli lives in Asheville with her husband, Jim LaFerla. Her work is found both in private collections and corporate settings and can be found at Asheville Gallery of Art in downtown Asheville and at 310 Art in the River Arts District.
“Layers” runs from August1 through 31. The public is cordially invited to a reception on Friday, August 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Jane’s work and that of the other 30 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.
September will feature the work of pastel artist Everett Schmidt. His expressive landscapes strive to bring to the viewer the sense of emotion he feels when painting his subjects.