BLUE SPIRAL 1 presents work by exceptional artists and object makers in a light-filled, 15,000 square-foot gallery spans three floors connected by an open stairway in the heart of downtown Asheville. This spacious setting allows Blue Spiral 1 to offer considerable diversity, affording accessibility to various tastes and aesthetics.
Blue Spiral 1 maintains an extensive exhibition schedule, presenting over 20 shows annually — often featuring 4-5 simultaneously within various venues inside the gallery. Thematic group exhibitions and individual artist showcases rotate on the lower two levels five times a year, while Blue Spiral 1's upper level features a wide array of works by nearly 100 regularly represented artists including Dean Allison, Alex Gabriel Bernstein, Rick Beck, John L. Cleaveland, Jr., Julyan Davis, Dustin Farnsworth, Patti Quinn Hill, Robyn Horn, Duy Huynh, Robert Johnson, Jan Kransberger, Charles Ladson, Stoney Lamar, John Littleton + Kate Vogel, Mitchell Lonas, Andrew Moore, Matt Moulthrop, Philip Moulthrop, Ward H. Nichols, Brad Sells, Suzanne Stryk and Scott Upton.
The gallery proudly represents the estate of Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949), an early 20th century modernist inspired by spirituality in nature. His highly regarded oils and pastels are included in over 40 museum collections throughout the United States. An area in Blue Spiral's upper level is dedicated to an ongoing and changing display of available works from the Stevens estate.
The brightly-colored, narrative works in Folk & Figure rely heavily on history, memory and folklore to explore themes of family, culture and the … more
Blue Spiral 1 will hold a glass take-over exhibition in its upstairs galleries during the 2018 "Summer of Glass." This is in participation with many … more
Blue Spiral 1 now proudly represents Black Mountain College painter Frank H. Hursh (b. 1929). Hursh attended Black Mountain College from 1949 until … more
New works by Blue Spiral 1 artists Jim Connell , Duy Huynh , Eric Serritella , and Kirsten Stingle present elegant, often surreal works, providing an … more
Take a Seat celebrates the chair beyond its mere function, presenting the artistic capacity of a simple object of everyday use. Often visionary, the … more
Paper, pencil, wax, canvas, paint, cement, glass. The artists in Lay It On go beyond the traditional application of their medium by applying layers to … more
Michelle Erickson’s recent work combines historical methods with contemporary politics, redefining the function and aesthetic of clay, and activating … more