Asheville and the wider Western North Carolina has a vibrant, thriving art
scene. In this show, area artists talk with host Meredith Adler (a WNC
artist herself). Get to know local artists and discover new
favorites! Learn what is in these artists' hearts and minds as they share
in-depth about their lives, their histories, and their businesses. The
show will also feature people who create opportunities for our local
artists and have services to help them with the business side of things,
such as printing, framing, and social media. Guests will include artists
such as Leo Monahan, Lorelle Bacon, Anne Heck and photographer Tim
LH025: Susan Sinyai – Light-Inspired Landscape and Still Life Paintings
Whether painting still lifes or landscapes, in oils or pastels, Asheville artist Susan Sinyai's inspiration is light. In this interview, Susan talks about her development as an artist and how she is now passing on her love of painting to others, as a teacher in a studio in Asheville.
Susan is an award winning painter with a BFA from UNC Asheville. When she graduated from UNCA, she worked for ten years as a portrait artist. Susan shares her reasons for moving from portraiture to her light-filled landscapes and still lifes.
Susan also talks about her relatively new art form--creating glass sculptures for the garden, which in turn, have their own mesmerizing way with light.
To connect with Susan and see more examples of her work:
visit her website at https://www.susanmeyersinyai.com
Highlights of this interview include:
discussion of a two-year collaborative mural project Susan worked on at UNCA after she had already graduated
how a critique of an artist's work can either help or harm
ways in which Susan and other people she knows were NOT positively encouraged in their artistic endeavors
and how those experiences have caused Susan to take a very different approach as a painting teacher
Local artists and resources mentioned during this episode:
Tucker Cooke, now retired UNCA Art Professor
Fleta Monahan, owner of 310 Art in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC (link takes you to her interview on Local Hearted Podcast!)
Pam Granger Gale, owner of Majik Studios in Asheville, NC
The School of Athens collaborative mural at UNCA
Other examples of Susan's work:
And Susan's Latest Creations, her "Shiny, Happy Flowers"
LH024: Polly Gott – Watercolor Artist with a Homesteading Lifestyle
I am very excited to share with you this interview with watercolor artist Polly Gott. Polly lives and works in the mountains in the far reaches of Madison County, North Carolina, near the Tennessee border. She moved to the area in 1960 with her husband Peter, where they lived a very rugged life, raising their family for a number of years without electricity or modern plumbing, and learning to grow all their own food. The Gotts learned from their neighbors how to play local mountain music as well as how to build their own home. They passed down the musical tradition to their children, and the Gotts became known for performing and for helping preserve the music. Also, Peter Gott became an authority on building hand-hewn log cabins, teaching many workshops on the subject.
I know I digress, but as you will see in the interview, it is very difficult to talk about Polly's art without understanding the context of her family life.
Polly has a degree in art, with a specialization in sculpture, but decided that painting fit her lifestyle better than sculpting.
Not mentioned during the audio but explained during my pre-interview tour of her farm was that during her early years in Madison County, Polly used her creative skills to fashion the pottery her family needed for cooking and the baskets they used for harvesting. Polly uses one of these baskets to this day, to carry her art supplies when she goes outside to paint.
Polly is well-known for her watercolor paintings of mountains and big skies. One trip to her farm studio helped me see where she gets her inspiration!
Listen to the episode by hitting the play button below:
To connect with Polly and see more of her work:
visit her Facebook page
Follow her Facebook page for announcements of upcoming events.
Polly will have a solo show of her work at Zuma Coffee in August and September on Main Street in Marshall, North Carolina!
Highlights of this interview include
How Polly came to this area and established a rural lifestyle
Polly's admiration for her family members and their talents
the role making art and attending art workshops has played in relation to Polly's rugged homesteading life
the role of music in the family's life
why Polly chose watercolor as her medium
the mystery to me about Polly's art that will not be solved
how painting in the Adirondacks is different for Polly than in the Appalachian mountains
Artists mentioned during the interview:
Tony van Hasselt
Jim Gray, the artist who inspired Polly to begin watercolor painting
Gabriel Kohn, the sculptor Polly interned with
Local links of interest mentioned during the interview:
The link to Susi Gott Seguret cookbook, Appalachian Appetite
Zuma Coffee, the venue in Marshall, NC where Polly mentioned showing her paintings
More examples of Polly Gott's paintings (thank you to Susi Gott Seguret for providing the photos of the art):
LH023: Sue Dolamore – Plein Air Painting, Solo and in Community
Sue Dolamore is a plein air painter and an organizer of community with other artists. She is the coordinator for the Asheville Urban Landscape Painters (AULP), a group of artists that meets weekly for painting demonstrations and painting together on-site from life. Sue works in oils, watercolors, and acrylics, and she has developed quite the body of work over the past few years. Listening to Sue, it is easy to understand why she is a natural at supporting the growing community of artists that is AULP. During this conversation, she offers quite a few gems of wisdom about being an artist and about her approach to life in general.
To connect with Sue and see more of her work:
visit her website https://www.suedolamore.com
follow her on Facebook
check out her work at Asheville Gallery of Art
Highlights from this episode include:
Sue's belief that painting practice should be play!
Sue's view on what the soul of an artist longs for
her discussion of how an artist's experience is important, not just the painting that is created
a discussion of how practice pays off
Sue's involvement with a project Preserving a Picturesque America, with the goal to paint scenes that were originally painted in the 1800s.
one hour to paint and then auction off your painting for a good cause? What?! Listen to Sue talk about her participation in the Quick Draw event in Haywood county.
Other Asheville artists and resources mentioned during this episode:
Jennifer Pearson, owner of the Frugal Framer in Asheville and featured in Episode 9 of this show
Asheville Urban Landscape Painters
Jo Ridge Kelly
Preserving a Picturesque America with Scott Varn
Haywood County Quick Draw
Art in the Park Community Grant
Local Indoor sites mentioned by Sue in the interview (paintings below)
Well Bred Bakery in Weaverville, NC
Grove Park Inn lobby in Asheville, NC
Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs, NC
And the site of Sue's daughter Kate, who lives in Florida: https://katedolamore.com
More examples of paintings by Sue Dolamore:
LH022: Karen Chambers on Pastels, Art Competitions and Embracing Simplification
Host Meredith Adler speaks with Asheville pastel artist Karen Chambers. Karen works out of a studio in Candler, NC. She talks about her love for plein air painting and her longstanding history of painting plein air alongside her mother.
Karen is the daughter of watercolor artist Lorraine King, and we hear in this interview how her mother's work was an influence on Karen's development as an artist. Karen's mother, by the way, does not have a website.
One of the original founding members of the local Appalachian Pastel Society, Karen generously shared in this interview about her experience as a competition artist and as a judge for art competitions.
You will hear Karen light up when she talks about the benefits of her beloved medium, pastel! And when she talks about how her style of painting is changing.
To connect with Karen and see more of her work:
As mentioned in the audio intro, Karen needs to have a new website built, and the web address will be placed here when she has it completed
Highlights from this episode include:
how artists benefit from entering art competitions
what judges of art competitions are looking for
Karen's own experience as a judge of art competitions
How she radically increased her enjoyment of the painting process by changing her style
Karen's approach to teaching pastel painting
why Karen and her students formed the Appalachian Pastel Society
"I get up in my studio and I get to painting, I get to singing inside...all tension disappears..." Karen Chambers
Local resources mentioned during this episode:
Appalachian Pastel Society
Art League of Henderson County
Other resources available to pastel artists Karen mentions during the show
Pastel Society of America
International Association of Pastel Societies
Other examples of Karen's work
LH021: Asheville’s Fine Art Appraiser
Joining host Meredith Adler for this interview is Asheville’s own fine art appraiser, Terri Vano. Along with her training in art appraisal, Terri’s qualifications include an art history degree from UNC Charlotte and a background in conservation framing (she is a Certified Picture Framer through the Professional Picture Framer’s of … Read more and listen to episode…
LH020: Cheryl Keefer-Rainy Streets and Moody Mountains
While threatening weather might send other outdoor painters packing up, Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer is drawn to paint those rainy day landscapes and city scapes. In fact, a delightful segment of this interview is hearing Cheryl laugh about a recent time she started painting with good intentions to "branch out" by depicting a sunny day.
With a BS in Art Education and an MA in art history, Cheryl talks about having a long career in teaching, although not as a traditional art teacher. Now that she has moved to Asheville in retirement, she is able to devote herself to her longstanding love of painting, creating her work both plein air (outdoors) and at her studio in the River Arts District at Northlight Studios. She also enjoys using her plein air skills to paint on-site at weddings.
To connect with Cheryl and see more of her work:
visit her website at https://cherylkeefer.com
follow Cheryl on Facebook
visit her at her studio at Northlight Studios in the River Arts District of Asheville
and also see her work in person at Asheville Gallery of Art, Seven Sisters Gallery in Black Mountain* and Up Against the Wall Gallery in Kingsport, TN (*Seven Sisters Gallery website is down at the time Cheryl's podcast episode is being released)
Highlights of this interview include
why Cheryl chooses to consider every painting an experiment
how her childhood years living in a rural setting influenced her interest in cityscapes
Cheryl's take on teaching others to paint and her advice on what it really takes to learn to paint
Cheryl talking about one of her favorite painting classes she has ever taught
Asheville artists mentioned during this interview
Lorelle Bacon and her Local Hearted Podcast interview
Other artists mentioned during this interview
Resource for artists mentioned during this interview
The Painter's Keys - Although artist/author Robert Genn died in 2014, his daughter, artist Sara Genn continues his site and his newsletter "Twice Weekly Letters to Artists"
Other Examples of Cheryl's work
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Great Work Meredith!
You did it! :D