Smart Bets: Spencer Herr

“Layers of acrylic, crudely scratched lines and deftly drawn/painted detail construct his figurative images,” says the bio of local artist Spencer Herr. It’s a description that barely scratches the surface of the painter’s haunting work. Men and women, seemingly culled from long-forgotten nursery rhymes, emerge from dark canvases and swirls of thick paint. Vivid pinks and reds share space with dour pouts and the wide-set eyes of the childlike or the preternaturally surprised. Herr’s work taps the world of the curiouser and curiouser. His solo exhibition, Underlying Currents, hangs at American Folk Art & Framing through Oct. 23. An opening reception takes place on Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 p.m. www.amerifolk.com. The reception is part of the First Friday Art Walk, held monthly, April through December. ashevilledowntowngalleries.org. Image: “Bloom” by Spencer Herr

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