Smart Bets: Nature-themed exhibitions at Momentum Gallery

The natural world is the focus of Momentum Gallery’s two latest offerings, which will be unveiled on Thursday, Aug. 30. The group exhibition Transformation: Earth, Water & Wood unites recent work by Mariella Bisson (oil painting with collage), David Ellsworth (wood), Vicki Grant (porcelain and mixed media), Ron Isaacs (trompe l’oeil painting on wood) and Ron Layport (wood). Regional waterfalls, birch plywood constructions and embellishments inspired by tree bark are among the featured creations. Also set to debut is a collection of new mixed-media paintings and textile works by Samantha Bates, many of which include imagery of forests and water. The opening reception runs 5-8 p.m. Both exhibitions will be on display through the end of October. Free. momentumgallery.com. Image of “Reach Towards the Pacific” by Bates, courtesy of the artist

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Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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