In photos: Downtown Art Walk has plenty to show as season concludes

Ariel Gallery hosts people during the last Friday Art Walk of the season. The open houses resume in April.

At Artetude Gallery on Patton Ave., artist Leonid Siveriver blends mediums with his piece, “Motion.” Siveriver displayed a variety of pieces Dec. 5 during the last First Friday Art Walk of the season. (The gallery crawl series resumes again in April.) He said the idea of “Motion” came from photography — it’s a bronze casting of a man’s head, but it’s got a blur to it. “I wanted to show the same range of motion you’d see when taking a photo of someone with a slow shutter speed. It’s blurry when there’s movement,” Siveriver said.

The Ariel Gallery on Biltmore Ave. features contemporary fine craft — works of art that are functional as well. “We don’t feature fine art such as paintings, these are fine crafts rather than the traditional craft,” said artist Dave Vrooman, who designs jewelry. The gallery is a co-op, with everything local, artist owned and operated. “This gives us the freedom to indulge our creative side.”

At the Center for Craft Creativity and Design on Broadway, a traveling exhibit on contemporary quilts is there until Jan. 10. “Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints” features quilts made by residents of Gee’s Bend, AL, an isolated island where the residents made their own style quilts out of necessity. “The residents of Gee’s Bend are known for their workclothes quilts. They used scraps of old clothes to patch them together and keep warm,” said Grace Reff, gallery associate. “These are very graphic, contemporary and modern-looking.”

"Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints" will be displayed at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design through Jan. 10.
“Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints” will be displayed at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design through Jan. 10.
Contemporary fine craft is displayed at Ariel Gallery.
Contemporary fine craft is displayed at Ariel Gallery.
"Motion," a bronze casting done by Leonid Siveriver, is displayed at the Artetude Gallery.
“Motion,” a bronze casting done by Leonid Siveriver, is displayed at the Artetude Gallery.
Artist Ruth Jlg has colorful paintings displayed at the Asheville Gallery of Art.
Artist Ruth Jlg has colorful paintings displayed at the Asheville Gallery of Art.
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Pat is a photojournalist and writer who moved to Asheville in 2014. He previously worked for a labor and social rights advocacy newspaper in Chicago. Email him at pbarcas@gmail.com. Follow me @pbarcas

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