Welcome to our blog at Gallery of the Mountains! We are located inside the historic Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. We specialize in fine American handmade crafts, mostly from local and regional artists. We will be happy to ship any item listed here or help you find the perfect gift in our Gallery. For more info about our artists featured in the header photo above, click on Header Artist page just below the header. Please feel free to contact us for availability and prices either by phone or email. Toll Free 1-800-692-2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, June 28, 2010
Who wouldn't want one of these hand sewn leather pouches to hold treasures? Men love them for their golf tees, spare change or small items. We just got this new shipment in from the artist with a lovely selection of colors.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
If you just want a tiny bag to carry your key, lipstick and license, this is the way to go...uniquely made with floral, leave or tree motifs and a silk cord to loop over your shoulder.
Graham is a local glassblower who is currently working as an assistant/apprentice to internationally known glassblower Victor Chiarizia of Fairview, NC
Graham Lawing has been studying traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques for over 6 years. His education in glass has been developed through traditional European style apprenticeship to numerous master glass artists. In traditional apprenticeships, Graham learned technical skill as well as many coveted traditional Italian glass blowing techniques. Over the years Graham has developed his own voice through these traditions.
In his current body of work, Graham uses traditional incalmo and cane working techniques to illustrate abstractions of nature. His striking functional pieces use bold bands of color that are reminiscent of distant horizons. Graham’s connection to the natural world has been with him since long before his glass career. Growing up on the beach and now currently living in the mountains of Asheville, one can see his love of nature reflected in his glass.
His lovely vases have such texture to them and beg to be touched. His hand-blown glass is ornamental, functional, and in lucid designs. Graham uses unique and traditional forms of artisan vases, bowls and stemware in vivid color and clean lines.
Friday, June 25, 2010
We have some new selections from Lynda Gale banner...soap dishes, small vases and plates as well as her popular berry bowls for the strawberries and blueberries of the summer season!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Ann Vasilik, a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has lived in Asheville, North Carolina since 1988. She received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Philadelphia College of Art. Ann has worked as a painter, illustrator and teacher in Virginia, California, Hawaii, North Carolina and the Republic of the Philippines. She has had numerous one-woman shows and has received many awards and commissions. Her work is contained in private and corporate collections.
"Control of spontaneity is one of the contradictions of watercolor for me. The transparency of the washes bringing solid objects to life is the other. I love looking at the world around me and capturing the quality of light and dark. To "see" with excitement and passion, I strive to have something distinctive to say about my personal vision. I enjoy the bold use of color and brush work to achieve an enhanced space and light creating a heightened realism. I reach outward for my work rather than inward, but have a profound inward joy of seeing and painting as expressed in the style and spirit of my work."
The Gallery carries postcards, prints and framed prints of her work.
Every piece of art glass that bears the Lundberg Studios signature represents the finest in contemporary art glass. Crafted by master glass blowers, traditional and modern techniques are integrated to create the outstanding quality that is the studio trademark.
Each piece comes with a certification and number - no wow are the same. You have a one-of-a-kind work of art for your home, whether it is a vase, perfume bottle or bowl.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Gallery offers many hand made mementos of your visit to the Grove Park Inn from books, magnets, ornaments to postcards and note cards. We have something for everyone!
Along with being a silversmith and creating original jewelry for men and women, Jim Little Wolf prides himself on his hand tooled leather wallets. Many of the designs like these have the Arts and Crafts ginkgo symbol on them - a great souvenir of your visit to the Grove Park Inn.
Kimberly is a native of Asheville and a resident of Henderson County for over 20 years. Drawing was always natural for her, starting as a child, she loved to draw in the white spaces of magazines. Her family became used reading to all their magazines with doodles all over the pages.
She is self-taught with a few workshops under her belt. She is mainly an illustrator which lends itself well to using pen, ink, watercolor, carved block prints, silk painting and sgrafitto the Italian art of scratching through the top layer to reveal the next layer. Kimberly paints with ink, then scratches and engraves until the white board is shown. Then she uses colored inks to fill in the engravings and seals the unique illustration with a non-toxic varnish.
Kimberly by profession is a full time graphic artist within the publication/advertising industry. She offers workshops in the other mediums and teaches at a local community college.
The Gallery carries her lovely detailed bird and floral note cards, pendants and framed paintings.
Julie Calhoun-Roepnack has recently expanded her pottery line to include larger vases, mugs with decorative handles and smaller plates - all with her trademark colorful dogs and cats on them. The vase pictured above is simple and yet in the Arts and Crafts style that the Grove Park Inn is known for. Stop by the Gallery and check them out in person!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Cecilia , born in Lima Peru, began her jewelry career at the age of 14 when she apprenticed under the renowned silversmith, Juan Yucra. While attending the State University of New York at New Paltz, she spent her junior year studying with a blacksmith at the University of Urbino in Italy. She received a B.S. degree in Art Education in 1979.
After college, Cecilia moved to Boston and started designing a small line of handcrafted jewelry sold only at the stores of the Kiracofe brothers. In 1983, she apprenticed under Scandinavian silversmith Uni David-Anderson in Norway. When she returned she worked as a bench jewelry for a production jewelry house and then launched her own line in 1985.
After a short stint in NYC, Cecilia moved to Martha's Vineyard. Her designs are a fusion of Inca styles with the clean, slick lines of Scandinavia and the geometries of Art Deco. Her work is exhibited in over 250 galleries, boutiques and museum stores nationwide.
Her cuff links are the favorite of the Gallery's male customers!