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July 4, 2016

Break Time

Wilson Alley, Asheville, North Carolina.

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 with Nikon FM2.

Wilson Alley, Asheville

Wilson Alley, Asheville

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June 3, 2016

Animals

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

While scurrying about Asheville a few weeks ago, I ran across the gentle pictured on the left who was sharing his prized honeybees with passersby on Biltmore Avenue. When he asked me if I wanted to see his insects, I entertained the possibility that they may actually be just a horde of angry bees loose in a box. I agreed to look at them not quite knowing what was in store. Well, the bees were safely caged in allowing me to get in close to capture the surrounding people who also expressed curiosity.

Animals

Animals

Shot with a Nikon FM2 and Kodak Portra 400.

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May 18, 2016

An Evening with Sally Mann

Tuesday May 17, 2016, Asheville, North Carolina.

Photographer Sally Mann gave a reading of her new book “Hold Still” at Malaprop’s Bookstore this past Tuesday to an attendance of what one describe as a classic example of Standing Room Only. Unlike the number of folks who could not get inside the filled to capacity room, I was fortunate enough to make my way in (for which I give partial credit to my camera as a number of people inquired about the local paper I supposedly worked for).

Sally Mann at Malaprop's

Sally Mann at Malaprop’s

After Mann’s reading of excerpts from her book accompanied by a slide show of various photographs, she opened the floor up to questions from the audience. This lead to some very insightful and candid revelations from Mann who admitted to her own insecurities as a photographer that I felt encouraged many aspiring artists to forge ahead in spite of the internal negative dialog that many of us fend off on a daily basis.

Above is a photo of Mann at the end of her presentation and dialog with the audience (left) with presenter (middle), and Malaprops’ owner and founder, Emoke B’Racz (right).

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January 26, 2016

30 Minute Limit

Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

30 Minute Limit

30 Minute Limit

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November 1, 2015

Woman Song

Revisiting some of my old black and white negatives of scenes from downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

These women were performing outside Greenlife Groceries just off of Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.
From 2007, shot on Kodak Tri-X.

Woman Song

Woman Song

 
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October 11, 2015

Design

From a series of shots I had taken of these cake designers closing shop at the end of the day. Rather reminiscent of French street photographs I’ve come across in old books.

Of the entire series, I found this image the most intriguing. A narrative of what came before, what is current, and how it will be resolved sometime later. The design works as well.

Design is all around us–a grand design, if you will! We just need to makes sense of it and put it into action.

Designs

Designs

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October 3, 2015

Expect the unexpected

Summer 2015, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Anticipation is key to street photography. You may never have a concrete idea of what you will capture at a moment’s notice, but always anticipate that something will eventually cross your path. At the last second, while observing the performers and onlooking crowd, I noticed the gentleman to the very left slowing sneaking up behind the very surprised girl in the orange shirt. A bit off setting? Sure. But it was quite obvious from how it turned out that it was the young girl’s father. Photos can lie. But an explanation of the story behind the image can put things into perspective.

Expect the unexpected

Expect the unexpected

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September 20, 2015

The Last Days of Summer

Lexington And College, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Lexington and College, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Lexington and College, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

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September 14, 2015

A Healing Light: Aurora Studio and Gallery Group Exhibition.

September 11, 2015, Asheville, North Carolina.

Aurora Studio founder and Program Director Lori Greenberg at A Healing Light group art show at Asheville Area Arts Council.

Aurora Studio & Gallery founder and Program Director, Lori Greenberg, at A Healing Light, a group art show at the Asheville Area Arts Council.

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) held an opening reception for Aurora: A Healing Light, a group art show featuring the work of nine emerging and experienced artists who have battled with varying degrees of mental health and behavioral disabilities. The show was organized and funded by Aurora Studio & Gallery located in Asheville, North Carolina. This collaborative effort affords viewers a range of visual art; from outsider to abstract and expressionism.

"Again & Again & Again" by Sheila Okelberry

“Again & Again & Again” by Sheila Okelberry.

Lori with work by Rhonda.

Lori Greenberg installing work by Rhonda.

Lori hanging art.

Lori adding tags to art the day before the opening reception.

Aurora Studio & Gallery is a program in Asheville, North Carolina that has been offering classes to artists in recovery since the summer of 2013. Founded in 2012 by Program Director, Lori Greenberg, M.Ed, the studio collaborates with local artists and healing arts instructors in the local community in order to offer a collective art space for artists affected by mental health needs, homelessness and/or addiction.

Dawn Eareckson flanked by her paintings "Drummer Girl" and "Nowness"

Dawn Eareckson flanked by two of her paintings, “Drummer Girl” and “Nowness”.

The studio provides artists with the space and art supplies to explore their personal creativity, which they could not otherwise obtain or afford. The studio and gallery defines it’s mission as follows:

  • Artist recognition and affirmation.
  • The ability for artists to express themselves in a way that is healing.
  • A sense of purpose – many who suffer from mental health needs often feel impending hopelessness. This opportunity moves individuals towards hope.
  • Stress reduction; similar art programs have sited artists’ stress is decreased after program participation, even during times of pronounced behavioral health symptoms.
Trey Mourey point to "A Cutter's Nightmare".

Artist Trey Mourey points to his painting entitled “A Cutter’s Nightmare”.

The groups of artists functions like a family, supporting each person’s creative endeavors and personal growth. Prior to the start of the event, Greenberg and the participating artists gathered into a circle of support which is an integral part of Aurora Studio’s program.

Group circle of support before show.

Group circle of support before show.

Lori talks to artist before event.

Lori encouraging artists as they each offer words of positive affirmation.

The participating artists of this event are Dawn Eareckson, Trey Mourey, Sheil Okelberry, Robert Ransom, Rhonda, Tela, and Gail Stoneman. Most of the work on display is available for purchase. Greenberg feels that guests “will see that there is a light that shines for everyone visiting this exhibit.”

Poet Sheila with here works "Rescue Me" and Look to the Heart".

Poet/artist Sheila with here works “Rescue Me” and “Look to the Heart”.

Robert Ransonm with light sculptures.

Artist Robert Ransom with his light sculptures.

A short film by author/artist Rita Zoey Chin (who could not make the opening reception) was presented to guests at 6:30 pm. The film explored creativity and the healing process as it pertains to wellness and the author’s own experience with panic disorder.

Food for the event was donated and catered by Everyone Cooks located in Asheville.

Food donated and catered by Michele Gentry of 'Everyone Cooks'

Food donated and catered by Michele Gentry (right) of ‘Everyone Cooks’.

Aurora Studio & Gallery offers a supportive art studio for artists in recovery from mental health needs, addiction and/or homelessness. Individuals with experience in counseling and the arts are encouraged to volunteer or participate in the studio’s ongoing programs.

Works by Gail Stoneman.

Works by Gail Stoneman and Rhonda.

Works by Dawn Eareckson

Works by Dawn Eareckson. and Robert Ransom.

As part of the exploration of art and healing, there will be a panel discussion held on Saturday, September 19th, from 3:30 – 5pm also at the Asheville Area Arts Council. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Daniel Johnson and panelists will include artists from Aurora Studio and other area artists, who will discuss the link between the arts and their own healing process.

The AAAC is located at One Page Avenue in the The Grove Arcade Suite 143A & 144 in downtown Asheville. The exhibit runs from September 10-20, 2015.

Aurora Studio is a non-profit that accepts donations. For further information, visit http://www.aurorastudio-gallery.com/

There is a light that shines for everyone. Light sculptures by Robert Ransom.

There is a light that shines for everyone. Light sculptures by Robert Ransom.

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September 3, 2015

Mother and Child Reunion

Early evening in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Mother and Child Reunion

Mother and Child Reunion

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