UNCA Exhibit to Feature Ikebana Paintings

UNC Asheville will feature works by Asheville painter Jamie Rowe-Rischitelli in a new exhibition June 4-July 31 in the Blowers Gallery in Ramsey Library. A reception with the artist will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to everyone.

Rowe-Rischitelli says her art is “heavily influenced by elements in nature and the study of ikebana, specifically line, space, mass and rhythm.” In this exhibition, she is pairing her paintings – some abstract, and some from her bird series – with ikebana flower arrangements. Ikebana is a Japanese art form dating back to the seventh century. The medium used is living materials – branches, leaves and flowers.

Rowe-Rischitelli has a BFA in painting from West Virginia University and has lived in Asheville since 2004.

Blowers Gallery will be open during regular library hours: 1-9 p.m. on Sunday; 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; and 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fridays during June and July. Ramsey Library will be closed on July 4, and closed on Saturdays during June and July. For more information, visit library.unca.edu.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.