Ray Noland’s “Jeweled Forest.” Photo by Rebecca Berdel. The work is an abstract interpretation of the layers of colors seen in the woods during spring and fall, Noland says, adding, “Hopefully the bus can help spur along spring.” For 14 more photos of Ray’s whimsical-forest bus go here
This design, honoring local food and farmers, is by Naomi Johnson, who says, “Today was the big day that the art buses got rolled out. It was freeeeezing cold at City/County Plaza, but the buses were gorgeous and the words were kind. I’ve always dreamed of seeing my work at this kind of scale and in a public, non-‘art’ venue. Thanks, Asheville. You rock. Big time.” For nine more photos in this series, including shots of all three winning designs, go here.
Artist Nina Ruffini in front of her art “Messaage” — photo by Jenny Bowen, City of Asheville, To see Bowen’s set of 23 photos go here.
Three Asheville area artists have won the city’s first “Art on Transit” competition, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department announced recently. Each artist will be awarded a $750 honorarium, and their design will grace both sides of a single bus. The winners were: Ray Noland’s “Jeweled Forest,” a color-splashed, whimsical forest; Naomi Johnson’s photos of local food and farmers; and Nina Ruffini’s “Message,” featuring bunnies adrift in boats.
A five-member jury, which included a bus driver, met and considered more than 60 submissions. The jury picked six finalists and suggested the three winners, which were unanimously confirmed by Asheville’s Public Art Board.
The work will remain on display for at least four months, according to Diane Ruggerio, the city’s superintendent of cultural arts. Ruggerio said she hopes “Art on Transit” will become an annual project.
For more on Asheville Transit’s art-bus contest and the winners, see this news article.