Gallery Gossip

• A big congratulations to DeWayne Barton for his win at the 22nd annual Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Celebration exhibition in Broyhill Park in Lenoir earlier this month. His “Sleeping Justice” took the Caldwell Arts Council Merit Award and a $2,000 prize.

• If you didn’t live in Asheville in the 1980s, you can get an overview of the art scene of that decade by visiting the 10th floor at the St. Joseph campus of Mission Hospitals. Hanging on the wall, you will find works signed by Lewis Rathburn, Scott Upton, Merritt Roach, Gordon Mahy, Dianne Cable, Helen Cartwright, Ruth Ilg and others. The works mostly date from 1984.

• Need a haircut? Even if the answer is no, you might want to drop by Ananda Hair Studio (22 Broadway) to see the sleek, imaginative mirrors made by salon co-owner Larry Hopkins. Good design is good design, no matter the medium.

• It’s too bad that the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery is closed on (most) Saturdays and Sundays. Couldn’t a volunteer be found? At any rate, from what could be seen through the window, this year’s juried show looks good, and there are some very nice ceramic works in the windows.

• Quote of the Week: Carol Carr, director of sales at Blue Spiral 1 for several years: “Owning a gallery is a very romantic notion, but people can be unrealistic about how complex a business it is. There has to be adequate financial backing to sustain the business for the length of time it takes to build a trusting clientele. There is a lot of un-romantic hard work involved!”

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