RiverLink’s French Broad River-themed exhibit features the work of 19 artists who have committed to experiencing their subject while depicting it. “We hop out onto the rocks and paint,” explains organizer and contributor Paul Blankinship. “We don’t use cameras, and we don’t use projectors to cast a photographed image onto our canvases. The only storage-and-retrieval device for the art you see is the human person.” This creative immersion (waking up at 5 a.m. daily to replicate a sunrise, for example) gives participating creatives a native’s knowledge of the river’s intricacies in addition to bolstering their stewardship. Meet the potamophilous visual artists during an opening reception for the exhibition Of Time and the River at Sol’s Reprieve Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6-9 p.m. ($50-$65 includes food, beer and wine) or enjoy a free perusal until Sunday, Oct. 19. Tickets and a portion of sales benefit RiverLink. riverlink.org. Image of “Golden Shallows on the French Broad” by Luke Allsbrook
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