Asheville Gallery of Art's October show will feature the work of Kate Thayer whose ethereal rendering of light in her palette-knife oil paintings illuminates the beauty of the natural world.
The show runs October 1 - 31 during gallery hours,:
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.
The gallery, located at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, across from Pritchard Park.
The Gallery will host an Opening Reception for Kate on:
Friday, October 5, from 5 - 8 p.m.
All are cordially invited to stop by.
Thayer’s layering process of applying oils with a palette knife allows the layers to build upon one another, triggering the viewer’s imagination to see the passages underneath. Each painting takes several months to complete.
“When I return to an unfinished painting, it becomes a different painting filled with new ideas, colors, and marks. After looking into my paintings the viewer may see the trees and rivers in a way they have not seen them before.”
Thayer is recognized for the exquisite voice in her paintings. Mostly self-taught, the artist says museums and art galleries have been her education and that she is a continuing student of master painters.
Thayer maintains she has always been an artist. “From intricately designed knitted clothing, to culinary artistry, to garden design, to painting with the earliest medium, pastel, and now with oils, they all had the same aim: to create sensory and spiritual experiences that are personal, provocative, and life-enriching.”
Kate lives and works in Flat Rock, NC.
Her work has won numerous awards as well as gracing the spaces of avid collectors.
“This show is about the spirit and vitality of nature, expressed in its many palettes for each season. It’s about sharing the wonder of what nature says to me to bring to life what adds to life. An artist once said, ‘Beauty cannot be explained . . . only experienced.’”
Thayer's work, as well as the paintings of the other 30 gallery members will be on display and for sale through the month of October.