+“Bringing in the Light” opens December 31st at the Asheville Gallery of Art, ringing in the new year with optimism and vigor. The show will feature artwork from four new gallery members: Olga Dorenko, Rebecca Gottesman, Donny Luke, and Susan Voorhees. Olga Dorenko is a familiar name in the Asheville art scene, having run her own fine art gallery since 2008 as well as maintaining a local studio space. Her vivid landscape paintings are meticulously executed and often dreamlike in their composition. Dorenko’s travels through her birthplace in the former Soviet Union inspired the love of nature evident in her work. Rebecca Gottesman is a new painter to Asheville, having traded her home of 30 years in the Vermont mountains for the calling of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her oil paintings take inspiration from the beauty of the natural world, depicting sweeping landscapes and delicate florals with a bright, lively palette. Gottesman often treats the act of painting as a kind of meditation, conveying a sense of reverence for both the paint and the subject, which she hopes to pass on to every person who encounters her art. Donny Luke retired from his 40-year career as an architect and discovered a passion and proficiency for watercolor painting after an inspiring trip out West. His captivating landscapes invite the viewer to dwell in the precise joy of seeing a new place, an experience Luke pursues in his treks through North America in search of fresh material. Susan Voorhees is a prominent local painter, coming from a family of established creatives in the Asheville area. Voorhees works primarily in pastels and demonstrates a masterful, impressionistic approach to her subjects, from wildflower fields in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the bounty gathered from her local farmer’s market. The Asheville Gallery of Art invites viewers to experience these artists through their common use of light in their work, each mastering the play of light and shadow in fresh ways to stir hope for the year ahead. Visitors can view “Bringing in the Light” through the end of January, Thursdays—Sundays from 12-5pm, or by private appointment.
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