Asheville Gallery of Art’s September show,“Taking the Ordinary to the Extraordinary,”features the work of Bill Cole, whose paintings celebrate the art hidden in everyday scenes. The show runs September 1-30 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
A reception for the artist will be held September 6, 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, 82 Patton Avenue.
Bill’s paintings blend realism with abstraction to show the interplay of bright colors with the geometry of planes and angles. By breaking scenes down to their basic shapes, he is able to present the essence of them to draw the viewer into his paintings. “I try to capture my feelings when I glance at scenes and suddenly realize that there are pieces of art in plain sight all around us.With no figures in the painting, I’m inviting the viewer to be the figure in the painting and to imagine his or her own feelings upon seeing such a scene”
Although he studied watercolor painting for a short period in Paris while living there in 1996, Bill is primarily a self-taught artist. “Like many painters, I began by trying to paint the most realistic images that I possibly could. Often, the paintings that I did with that mind set showed no more expression or feeling than a vacation photograph. I then began to realize that, to express your feelings, you must push your art and develop your own interpretation of what you see.”
Bill, a native of Western North Carolina, began painting after retiring from 26 years in the Air Force. He has worked in watercolor, oil, acrylics, linocuts and monotypes. Bill’s other interests include playing his mandolin in a small band named Blackberry Jam, playing tennis, travel and trekking.
For further information about this show, contact Asheville Gallery of Art at 828-251-5796, visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or go to the gallery Facebook page.