Where Do We Go From Here?
A sculptural observation of time’s passing
February 10 – March 4, 2016
Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University
Artist’s Reception on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6-8PM
(The Weizenblatt Gallery is located inside of the Moore Auditorium)
(Bldg #9 on the campus map found on the University website)
January 26, 2016
Assistant Director of Communications
Weizenblatt Gallery to Feature Asheville Artists Julie Miles and Molly Sawyer
Sawyer, whose studio is currently located in Asheville, NC, describes her current work as “the creation of ‘nurturing forms and spaces.’” Moving between figurative and abstract forms, she creates her work by collecting found objects from the natural world and reinterpreting them through the process of assemblage. These found materials include ephemeral materials such as rust, moss, bark, raw sheep wool and salvaged wood.
Sawyer said her work has been affected by multiple, life-threatening traumas in her life, including most recently, a bout with breast cancer. As a result, her art, she said, deals with moving through life and then into death.
Sawyer’s sculptures can be found in both private and corporate collections throughout the east coast including the New York Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Mohegan Sun Casino, and the Ritz-Carlton Boston collections.
Julie Miles’ latest series, titled, “At the End of the Road, in the Middle of Nowhere,”is a collection of paintings about 1940s farm life on a peppermint farm in the thumb of Michigan. Considered a contemporary folk artist, Miles has spent a lifetime observing how emotion manifests in the gestures of human form; the special roles light and topography play in composing a landscape; and how all of this can be used to express the deeper story. The far-reaching topography and vast sky of her Michigan roots shape the backdrop for the figures in her work.
Weizenblatt Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 am – 4 pm each weekday. It is located in the Moore Building of Mars Hill University on Cascade Street in Mars Hill.