Asheville Gallery of Art August 2018 Show “A Retrospective in Figurative”“A Retrospective in Figurative” for August at Asheville Gallery of Art Asheville Gallery of Art’s August show, “A Retrospective in Figurative,” will feature the work of Cheri Brackett, whose dynamic, expressive figures capture the emotions, relationships, and movement of her subjects. The show runs August 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, will host a reception for the artist on Friday, August 3, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to stop by. “All art tells stories,” says the artist. “Figurative work offers a narrative for each viewer to interpret individually. It’s not just about the subject. It’s about what’s happening in your life as you take the painting in and what was happening in my life as I painted it. So, it’s biographical in a sense. It’s all there in these faces and figures, and it’s there our lives intersect.”Brackett has been painting for almost fifteen years. “I’ve been a psychotherapist for twenty-something years. What else was I going to paint? Figures. People. Stories.” Largely self-taught, Cheri uses bold colors and textures to create shapes that are semblances, not exact depictions. Her work has been described as “provocative and personal,” that is, less about the critical eye and more about moving the heart. “The sustenance we need for the creative journey often comes from examining where we’ve been and connecting the dots to where we are today, which is why I’m exhibiting a retrospective of my work this time. There’s such a variety of expression and style over the years that it even surprises me!” The artist has had solo shows at the American Folk Art Gallery and the MAHEC Education Center. She was juried into the 2016 ArtFields Regional Artist Exhibition. One of the highlights of her painting career was when she was commissioned to create a piece for Abigail Disney to commemorate the New York opening ceremony of her award-winning film, “Women, War and Peace.”In addition to Asheville Gallery of Art, Cheri’s work is in several corporate offices in downtown Asheville, the restaurant Mountain Madre at 13 Walnut Street, and in numerous collections around the globe. More than anything, the artist hopes that her paintings elicit some kind of emotional response. “If a painting brings just a smidgen of some new sense of awareness, hope, or passion, then I’m happy.” Brackett’s work, as well as the paintings of the other 30 gallery members, will be on display and for sale through the month of August. For further information about this show, you can contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or go to the gallery Facebook page.