Asheville Gallery of Art’s December show, “Energy and Life” features the works of Sun Sohovich and Kari Swanson.

Their complementary blend of impressionistic and abstract styles creates glimpses of everyday life filled with vitality and color. The show runs Dec. 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11-4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery, located at 82 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville across from Pritchard Park, will host a reception for the artists on Friday, December 7, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Sun Sohovich is an oil painter working in many genres who is best known for her landscapes, seascapes, figures, and still lives. Sun taught herself painting through trial and experimentation, guided by her favorite master artists Quang Ho, Laura Robb, and Phil Starke. She enjoys depicting a strong sense of light and shadow and balancing hard and soft lines to create depth. “This show is about everyday life, what I see, what I feel, what is happening around me. Finding joy and happiness in life and expressing them through my paintings is what I love to do”

Sun is originally from Seoul, Korea, and has lived in the United States since 1985. She resides in Waynesville, NC, with her husband and two dogs.

She is affiliated with the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, WNC Plein Air Painters, Asheville Urban Landscape Painters, and Haywood County Arts Council.

Kari Swanson says of her work, “The intensity of the colors and vibrancy of Asheville and the surrounding area are a constant inspiration to me, and

I try to incorporate all of these images into my paintings.” Kari primarily uses acrylic paint, but also likes to experiment with chalk, ink, and oil pastels. She uses texture and color to reflect the image and its movement to create a feeling and mood. For this show, Kari seeks to, “inspire my viewers with their own stories and interpretations of what they see in the work and make a personal connection with each piece.”

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