Asheville Artist Mark Flowers receives 2016 Golden Foundation Residency

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Asheville, NC artist Mark Flowers is chosen for the 2016 Golden Foundation Residency (http://www.goldenfoundation.org/residency/about-the-golden-foundation-residency/). Eighteen artists were chosen from a pool of 250 artists for the prestigious residency in New Berlin, NY. He will attend the residency for four weeks starting June 20th and running until July 17.

“The opportunity to create works at a place where I will have access to technicians and paint from the best acrylic paint company I know, is a tremendous honor. I have been using Golden Artist Colors since mid 1980’s. This is like visiting the ‘mother ship’! I am truly honored to be a part of this program.” said Flowers.

In 2012, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of-a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th-century barn has been transformed into a 21st-century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence will participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.

The Golden Foundation Residency Program is specifically designed to assist the professional artist in discovering and exploring the many materials and technologies available today. Through the Golden Foundation, residents will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with dozens of unique materials and technologies.

Mark earned his BFA in Studio Arts from The University of South Carolina in 1977 and his MFA in Painting from Western Michigan University in1979. Following his academic career, he has exhibited his work throughout the United States and in Europe. Mark’s work can be found in 26 public and over 300 private collections. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards for his art in both regional and national competitions. Most recently he was named one of the 100 Art Alumni for the Centennial Celebration at Western Michigan University. His work can be found in 3 galleries in the region: Hodges/Taylor Gallery (http://www.hodgestaylor.com/) in Charlotte, Penland Gallery (http://penland.org/gallery/) in Penland, NC, and if ART Gallery (http://ifartgallery.blogspot.com/) in Columbia, SC.

His works are mixed media narrative imagery reflecting on observations of his life. He is currently showing work in a four person group show at if Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. His most recent Asheville exhibition was at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery (http://ashevillearts.com/) in June. Locally his work can be seen at Vortex Doughnuts (www.vortexdoughnuts.com) on Banks Avenue and Cucina24 (www.cucina24restaurant.com) restaurant on Wall St. His work can also be seen at his studio just north of downtown Asheville in the community of Alexander. He and his artist/wife, Kristy Higby, own Mountain Tea Studios (www.mountainteastudios.com) You can also subscribe to their newsletter at http://mountainteastudios.com/news/.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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