Press release from Biltmore Farms Hotels:
DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore is excited to announce Valentino Bustos as their new featured artist with several selections of his artwork on display in the lobby of the hotel. There will be an Artist Reception on Thursday, September 27th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that is open to the public with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork donated to Helpmate, a local nonprofit agency that serves victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County. The DoubleTree Asheville-Biltmore, a Biltmore Farms Hotel, began a partnership with Helpmate in 2017, as a part of its expanded recruitment and community outreach effort.
Helpmate’s Executive Director, April Burgess-Johnson shares, “Helpmate is grateful to have the strong support of Biltmore Farms Hotels, a corporate leader in our community. Our work of empowering Survivors is enhanced by this partnership, and this art event is a great opportunity to expand awareness to a broader audience.”
Robert Foster, Director of Operations at DoubleTree Asheville-Biltmore says, “It is a privilege to support Helpmate by displaying local artists’ work representing beauty and hope. The women and children who have survived domestic violence are strong, resilient and inspiring people. By creating this art event, we seek not just to raise funds, but also to honor the Survivors’ courage.”
Artist Valentino (Val) Bostus and his wife moved to Asheville in 2011. His creativity is sparked by colors and textures of nature. He describes his work as beginning with “subtle applications of textures and metallic foils. Layers upon layers of color and water follow. As runs and drips are allowed to glide over the canvas, I start to see form. From there, it is all about separation of background from foreground to complete the final vision.” One can feel a musical influence in Bustos’ paintings as he is also an accomplished musician and songwriter.
The artist reception on Thursday, September 27th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., is open to the public. Complimentary appetizers will be served in addition to a cash bar. Bustos’ collection will be on display in the DoubleTree Asheville-Biltmore Lobby until mid-January and is open for public viewing.