Gallery Gossip

• Just a couple of days (or evenings) left to see Larry Turner’s colorful mixed-media paintings at BoBo Gallery: Think Larry Rivers meets Basquiat.

• Another show closing in the next few days is that of New York artist Cory Bradley at Pump in the Phil Mechanics Building in the River District. His competent works are varied in style and concept. Some of the most interesting are paintings he creates using hand-lettered cardboard signs he buys from homeless people.

• Don’t miss another local artist, Wendy Whitson, showing her lush landscapes at Haen Gallery. 

• Artist’s books are hold-in-your-hand treasures, and they’re becoming more and more popular. BookWorks in West Asheville is offering more classes in the craft and in closely related subjects. Matt Liddle, who also teaches at Western Carolina, is leading one called “Printed Paper Novelties.” Other classes cover “Long Stitch Binding,” “Ethiopian Style Binding” and “Greek and Centipede Binding.” You can find the extensive list at www.ashevillebookworks.com

• If you’re interested in innovative works in ceramics, you can check out the resident artists from Odyssey at the Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery, or if you’re in the mood for a drive, Penland has an exhibition of works in ceramics and other media from their resident artists.

• Now for the really big news! Newlywed Lauren Gibbes has received a mention in the latest Art in America for her work in her first New York exhibit. It’s interesting to note that a year or so ago, one local publication refused to print an article about Lauren because her work “was not up to their high standards.” Guess she just didn’t use enough purple. Congratulations, Lauren.

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