Asheville Gallery of Art’s October show, “In Kinship with the Land” features harmonious works by two artists, Sue Dolamore and Zoe Schumaker.
The show runs October 1-31, with a reception to meet the artists on Friday, October 1, between 5pm-8pm.
Sue Dolamore’s work celebrates the partnerships between man and nature by depicting the rural landscapes of Western North Carolina, and the resilience of families who settled here and have lived interdependently with nature for generations. Their close association with the land and its wild creatures has provided nourishment, warmth, shelter and more. She appreciates the wild landscapes beyond the homesteads; the clear running waters, expansive mountain views and intimate scenes of forest beauty. These wonders call her back again and again. “As I yearn for an ever-deeper connection with nature, I remember that we are kin and must care for each other in order to thrive.” Her painting “Before the Snow Falls” depicts the feeling that rises within us when the weather is about to change; a confirmation of our connection with the natural world. Dolamore began painting in 2014. She paints in watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media, and her paintings are now appreciated by art lovers and collectors from around the world.
Zoe Schumaker’s focus for this theme is wildlife, specifically animals that nearly disappeared but have returned with the help of human intervention via reintroduction, protection of and restoration of habitat. Her paintings of North American animals are intimate portraits of species such as the playful river otter and the iconic elk in the Great Smoky Mountains. These will be on display in mediums of sumi-e ink, watercolor and pastel. Schumaker grew up drawing, painting and photographing nature. After moving to the Southern Appalachian Mountains, she rediscovered art as a means of contemplating, celebrating and advocating for the natural beauty that surrounds us. “Nature fascinates me. Through painting, I feel a deeper connection with the wonder, beauty and perfection of the natural world. I hope that viewers will connect with the beauty and personality of each animal, recognizing how each one brings something unique to places they inhabit. Living in kinship with the land – and each other – enriches us all.”
Visitors will be able to view “In Kinship with the Land” from October 1-31. Open daily 11am-6pm at 82 Patton Avenue, the artists will be at the gallery to meet the public on Friday, October 1, between 5-8pm