Pioneer Women Painters of the River District, curated by Sara Ledonne, is a group exhibit which will highlight five Warehouse Studio artists from the mid 90s. These adventurous, creative, inspirational women found themselves under one roof, painting energetic, extraordinary, thought provoking abstracts.
"This building, these studios, these women were my first introduction to the artists of Asheville and the River District. It was not yet called the River ARTS District...there were no coffee shops, breweries, or restaurants like today...It was still pretty sketchy after dark if you ventured further down toward what is now Pink Dog... I moved into Warehouse Studios in the fall of 1998, right after I moved to Asheville from Seattle. At that time, there were only about 20 artists in the RAD, scattered in the old buildings. Marie Hudson, Betty Clark, Charlie Griffin and I had been working studios at Warehouse long before there was anything else down there. We became friends as well as critics for each other's work."- Barbara Fisher.
This exhibit aims to recreate the experience of discovering this artistic hot bed, and pay homage to those early Asheville pioneer women painters. The opening reception for Pioneer Women Painters of the River District will be August 3, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Sara Ledonne will give a curator's talk at 6:30.