Colleen Webster’s exhibition, “Slice of Life,” debuts at The Grand Bohemian Gallery

Colleen Webster, an Asheville-based plein air painter, moves in a new direction with her exhibition, “Slice of Life.” The collection focuses on scenes observed around downtown Asheville. The show hangs at The Grand Bohemian Gallery from October 11 – November 21, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 11 from 5-8 p.m.

From a press release:

“Colleen has gone a new direction with this series now that her life centers more on Asheville’s downtown,” says Grand Bohemian Gallery director, Constance Richards. “Her first trip to Paris also influenced her direction to capture these exquisite interiors from the outside in, as day turns to night and as the heart of the city turns from the business day to gatherings with friends and family over food and fun.”

With her soft palette and painterly depictions of downtown interiors, Webster captured the abundant riches of our downtown’s gathering places – local restaurants and cafes – and the life that plays out within their walls. The artist’s first trip to Europe this fall – specifically Paris – further inspired her on this journey of capturing life well-lived.

“The cafe scene is a part of normal life – sitting to eat, drink wine, enjoy the outside to gather with friends to people watch and enjoy the day,” observes Webster. “Asheville is a place where people, too, enjoy life and celebrate it with food, art, music, drink and coming together with others.”

“These paintings are an interpretation and reflection of that.”

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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