Local portrait, mural and sketch artist Benjamin M. Betsalel is someone you probably know without even realizing it. He recently collaborated with Terpricorps Theatre of Dance, providing live abstract paintings which were projected onto a screen behind the dancers as they performed The Many Deaths of Edward Gorey and other works on the Diana Wortham stage.
Betsalel is also the talent behind the murals gracing Gourmet Perks (165 Merrimon Ave., Asheville) and Fashionista’s (68 College St., Asheville, not to mention nearly a dozen solo art shows. His paintings are immediately recognizable for their bold, emotive strokes, thick layers of paint and rich, earthy colors.
Betsalel (who recently relocated his studio to the Wedge Gallery in the River Arts District) exhibits his newest works at BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3426). The opening reception for Betsalel’s show, The Weather or Not, is Saturday, Aug 4 at 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through August.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter