Asheville Flood Gallery News and Events

“Samples” Unique Finishing Techniques

Please join us for the opening reception of “Samples” on Friday, March 20, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm in the Flood Gallery of Phil Mechanic Studios at 109 Roberts Street in the River Arts District. The exhibition will be up through April 15. Flood Gallery is proud to present “Samples,” a collection of decorative painting styles that will transform the ambiance of your home or business.

Jesi Trentham has a passion for paint. After nearly thirty years of painting professionally, she still takes pride in a freshly painted, well done room. Both the process of painting and the resulting transformation please her. She has worked in mansions, churches, restaurants, bars, paper mills and power plants. She has also worked on motorcycles, cars, signs, furniture and theatrical sets. She has done new construction, repaints, restorations, renovations, designs, decorations and murals. Not only does she have a knowledge of a wide variety of materials, but she has mastered many different brushes and techniques and solved many ever present problems. She has worked with talented, creative people and for imaginative clients that have let her play in their homes and businesses. They have often become part of each other’s lives.Jesi’s husband, Hawg, has utilized his excellent eye for combining color and texture to their work. Using the inherent qualities of the surfaces, the input of their clients, and considering the necessity of maintenance, the two have discovered “natural” finishes that compliment the spaces. Their work is not limited to the two dimensional functionality of paint. They boldly investigate new vistas and stretch boundaries. “Samples is a collection designed to show techniques and ideas for paint and to inspire you to challenge us,” Jesi said. Laura Decker grew up in Asheville, and has seen the city mature into a hub of creativity and diversity. She has always been intrigued by the artistry of painting and design, and over the past ten years, has developed and applied her abilities into becoming a successful interior finisher. Laura has attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and Otis College of Art and Design in California. She graduated from UNC-A this December, and is excited to now have the time to incorporate an artistic quality into her trade. “I really enjoy working with bold colors. What I love the most about my job, is the tremendous transformation that can occur. The right wall and trim colors can give new life to existing accessories, artwork and furniture,” Laura says. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to display a wide range of painting techniques and finishes that can be used in any home or business. One thing I would like to emphasize about the techniques in this show is that they can be mixed and matched. Most techniques can be tweaked to fit an individual’s style. One person may find a softer look appealing, while someone else might want to incorporate lots of shading and texture. Either way, we can achieve the look that best complements the client’s taste.”


This is a call out for volunteers who are excited about contributing to the collaborative project between Riverlink and Flood Gallery to install a permanent sculpture garden in Asheville. Meet us at the Blue Building (115 Riverside Drive – across from Cotton Mill Studios) on Sunday, March 22nd, at 10:00am. Thanks to those of you who helped last fall, and we surely hope to see you out with us again!


Concept Camp is Coming!
Concept Camp is a weeklong spring break camp (running April 13-17, 2009) that provides a valuable opportunity for local children to engage in philosophical inquiry through meaningful artistic endeavors. This project incorporates the educational benefits of both the philosophy and art disciplines into a unified program. Our mission aims at a sincere encouragement of our community’s children to utilize critical thinking skills, by means of an innovative educational program. Each day of camp will have a theme which will incorporate a philosophy lesson and an art project. Themes will include: Ancient Philosophy – The kids will learn about Socrates, Plato & Aristotle and incorporate Greek Art: painting Plato’s Forms, what does justice look like, etc. Aesthetics – The kids will learn about Beardsley and Artist Intentionality & Art Era’s, i.e. Abstract Impressionism, Impressionism, Bauhaus; and incorporate things like holding a mock art contest to demonstrate the difficulties in judging and talking about art. They will learn about the Black Mountain Artists, they will interview local artists and participate in artistic demonstrations. They will learn to paint emotions, and create self portraits without using images of themselves. Sound exciting? It will be. Flood Gallery is looking to enroll children from 8 to 14 years old for this camp. Interested? Contact us at or call us at 828.254.2166. Call soon – limited space available.

The PUMP Gallery Presents… One – New Work from Christopher Jones

Opening reception on Friday, April 3rd, from 7:00-10:00pm.
Exhibition will remain up until April 28th. Until 3 years ago, Christopher Jones had never picked up a brush with any true intentions of doing anything other than painting a door jamb or touching up the scratches on his truck. A watercolor Jones did in high school still hangs in his Mother’s home. As he grew up, Jones learned through his family’s frequent moves that drawing caricatures was a great way to make friends. It was an easy icebreaker. He never really thought of it as art. Then Jones lost his younger brother, Ryan, to a congenital heart failure when Ryan was just 25 years old. Expression through art became Jones’ way to deal with the pain and sorrow from that loss. “I would take out my anger, anxiety or sadness on the canvass. It became the outlet I so desperately needed in order to heal,” he says. As with most artists, the creative process for Jones is an emotional encounter. It’s about the excitement of living in the moment, for the moment and the rush of the experience. “It’s the weight of the brush, the smell of the oil, the resistance of the paint and the sound of the bristles as they cross the canvas. The metallic snap of the shutter, the weight of the camera and the hollow pop of the flash is what stirs my soul.” says Jones. Somehow the art takes care of itself. . . Christopher Jones is a manager in the emergency department at Mission Hospital when he’s not making art. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Montreat College.

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