The Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery will host an exhibition of Asheville artists’ diverse approaches to the figure in Larger Than Life. Over a dozen artists will take on the wide-open and wonderful subjectivity of the “larger than life” theme, using a variety of media. The show is sure to elicit surprise, amusement, and contemplation from viewers as they drink in these works’ expansive interpretations. The freedom within the “larger than life” premise allows the artists to break away from more literal and traditional figurative studies. The very phrase conjures countless subjective associations that accompany life’s rich moments, both mundane and momentous: • A satisfying, true belly laugh• Falling in love • Momentary intense joy• A single clear memory• Authentic self-expression. The group of local artists whose works constitute Larger Than Life prove that, since life encompasses limitless thoughts, feelings, and experiences, the concept of approaching the figure artistically is equally immeasurable. Bettis intentionally curated an array of works that capture the senses but spur interactive engagement as well – and with that, provoke the viewer’s emotional investment. “To be or experience something ‘larger than life’ isn’t just one thing, feeling, or person; we’ve all internalized different, but equally meaningful moments and this reality gives the show special power,” says Bettis. Larger Than Life will debut with an opening reception from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on November 9th, 2019 at Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, located at 123 Roberts Street in the River Arts District’s historic WEDGE building. All the works on display will be offered for sale. The reception will give guests the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists about their creative processes, learn what shapes and fuels their work, and ask questions. Refreshments and light hors d’ouevres will be served. Larger Than Life will be on view from November 9th through November 25th, Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm. For more information on the exhibition and the Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, please visit https://www.markbettisgallery.com/ or contact Mr. Bettis at 941-587-9502 or email@example.com.