Karen Keil Brown

Asheville Gallery of Art April 2019 Show “A Visual Contemplation: Land, Sea and Sky” is a dual presentation of works by Karen Keil Brown and Gayle Havens. Their complementary styles showcase a breadth of vision and technique in landscape painting. The show runs April 1-30 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 artists on Friday, April 5, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to stop by. Karen Keil Brown seeks to discover a delicate balance between earth and sky, realism and abstraction. “I try to focus the viewer’s vision on a moment of serenity to reveal an elemental and transcendent dance between atmosphere and light.” The artist says she paints with an intuitive and expressive brushstroke. The artist continues to experiment with new techniques by taking workshops and classes at the Arts Student League of New York in New York City. She creates her paintings using either acrylic or oil paints on canvas, while maintaining the meditative freedom and breath of her signature mark and style in either medium. “In the series for the show, I approach my landscape paintings with a brush and palette knife, bringing texture and energy to the canvas.” She primarily paints in her studio in the River Arts District. Originally from New Jersey, Karen was raised in Asheville. She and her husband have three grown artistic daughters, Karen has worked as a professional artist for over 30 years. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where she now serves as a Board Trustee. Karen is also an avid supporter of Arts for Life. Her paintings are found in numerous private and corporate collections and have been in exhibitions nationwide. Gayle Havens says, “I paint in a representational and impressionistic manner, striving for simplicity, directness of brushstroke, and to honor the integrity of the subject. Landscapes and seascapes are primary sources for my inspiration. I am also drawn to quiet places where nature meets human artifacts and creates an enduring sense of place.” In order to honor the integrity and harmony of a subject, the artist says, she strives to capture its unique atmospheric quality and color; referred to by Impressionists as the “envelope of light." Gayle uses a limited palette in each painting, often preferring muted, earth-colored pigments rather than more saturated colors to convey this atmosphere. Watercolors are her medium of choice. “They have utterly captivated my imagination with their transparent, fluid, and spontaneous attributes.” Gayle, a new member of Asheville Gallery, studied studio art and art history as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and the University of New Mexico. She set aside painting for many years to run a business and raise a family, returning to it in 2006. Gayle is a Signature Member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Virginia Watercolor Society, a juried member of the Women Painters of the Southeast, and a member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, and American Watercolor Society. Keil Brown’s and Haven’s work, as well as the paintings of the other 29 gallery members, will be on display and for sale through the month of April. 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.