Stones & Dreams, Shadows & Streams, a solo exhibition of dreamscape and landscape paintings by Hendersonville artist Cynthia Wilson, opens at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville on Saturday, May 18. An opening reception will be held from 2-5pm (free to attend and open to the public), with the artist in attendance. This exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Wilson received a BFA in Visual Design from Auburn University, and worked in advertising for fifteen years as an art director, illustrator and graphic designer. After too many career related moves, she decided to pursue her love of painting full-time. Wilson joined a figure drawing group where she learned how to work with watercolors and began exhibiting her paintings locally. After moving to the Northeast, she built credibility as an artist, getting juried into several New York City art shows and becoming a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and the National Association of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. Her big break came when her work was selected for the National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition. This opened many doors, including opportunities to be involved in traveling exhibitions as well as invitations to have one-person shows.
In 2018, Pardee Cancer Center in Hendersonville purchased three of Wilson’s paintings, which was extremely meaningful to her as a cancer survivor. Her paintings are also a part of the permanent collections at Fairfield University, Georgia Tech, the Housatonic Museum of Art, and Wachovia Bank among others.