2019 will mark the 8th season in which MOUNTAIN MADE, a downtown Asheville art gallery, will host a series of live art demonstrations – live every Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the gallery (inside the Grove Arcade).
According to gallery owner, Melinda Knies, she got the idea for asking artists to do live demonstrations after reading about speeding paint demos. Speed painting is an artistic technique where the painter has a limited time to finish the piece they are working on.
“I loved the concept of a live art demo but instead of just focusing on having a particular artist creating an art piece a set time period, I wanted visitors to have the time to not only view the artist in action but also to have the chance to speak with them and ask questions…”
“…This way both the artist and his or her audience have an opportunity to interact with each other face-to-face. Over the past several years, we have had great feedback from both our customers and our gallery artisans.”
So was born Mountain Made's annual summer art demos and special interactive public art projects.