Asheville Gallery of Art July 2019 Show “Abstract Art: Emancipating the Mind.” Asheville Gallery of Art’s July show, “Abstract Art: Emancipating the Mind,” features the work of Sally Lordeon, whose paintings capture her passion for abstract impressionism. The show runs July 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. A reception for the artist will be held July 5, from 5-8 at the gallery, 82 Patton Avenue. “Abstract art emancipates the mind by allowing it to see what the eyes do not,” says the artist. Her unique interpretation of the world captures the rich textures, forms, and colors she observes in her powerful yet serene paintings. “Abstraction demands more of me than realism,” Sally says. “Rather than reproducing something I see, I have to go inward and create.” The artist combines her expressive brushstrokes with the subtlety of veiled forms. She creates her paintings with acrylics on canvas. Using a muted, earth-toned palette, Sally juxtaposes heavy texture, soft, blended color, and the suggestion of a horizon line to mimic nature's vistas. She similarly shows her love of abstraction with her figurative works. “Abstract art feeds the imagination, and I intend my art to trigger the viewer’s own creative thought.” Sally studied fine arts at Chatham University in Pennsylvania. She moved to Asheville, NC more than 30 years ago. After a successful career as a technical writer and college textbook author, the artist returned to her first passion, which she calls the “divine pleasure of painting.” “I love to write,” she reveals, “but my heart has always been in my art.” For further information about this show, 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.