Smart bets: Julie Armbruster

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Painter Julie Armbruster uses mixed media to create human-animal hybrid characters that appear distressed because they are inspired by the artist’s “paranoia and curiosity,” according to her website. Or perhaps the characters are bewildered because the Wedge Studios artist enjoys displaying her artwork in unconventional settings like skate shops, bars and record stores. In Asheville, her illustrations have wandered the walls of such venues as Harvest Records, Clingman Café, Early Girl Eatery and Over Easy Café, with permanent displays at Mission Children’s Hospital and the United Way building. Armbruster’s latest show, Puddles and Projections will be featured in the F.W. Front Gallery at Woolworth Walk for the duration of September, with a meet-and-greet reception on Friday, Sept. 5, from 5-7 p.m. woolworthwalk.comImage courtesy of Armbruster

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