Opening reception honoring Cindy Walton, fine artist, is tonight at Asheville Gallery of Art

Fine artist Cindy Walton evolves an ethereal, emergent style in a series of abstraction and cold wax paintings evoking a timeless pathos and elegant sensibility

Cindy Walton, fine artist, may be known for bold, emotive impressions and sweeping, color-carved landscapes, but reveals yet another layer of talent and meaning in a new series of finely executed abstraction and cold wax paintings with unsurpassed elegance and intricate detail.

Walton is the featured artist at Asheville Gallery of Art from April 1-30, 2011. An opening reception in her honor will be Friday, April 1, from 5-8 p.m.

Within the past year, Walton’s introduction of the cold wax medium – consisting of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte, layered texture – into her repertoire as an artist and instructor has generated a furor of interest among discerning collectors and experts. The first public showing of Walton’s work in this medium debuted in September 2010 at the Cotton Mills Studios, where she was a guest artist. In the six month interim, the demand for Walton’s works has increased, and her technique workshops for artists have sold out.

Inspiration and method evolve the creation of an original piece.

“These paintings are small format, intimate, jewel-like treasures,” says Walton.

The technique is ancient in origin, and can be traced to early civilizations as a fine art application. Often confused with encaustic wax painting, cold wax mediums are not heated to produce the delicately textured effect, but instead are applied with knives or other tools and layered for unique visual appeal.

“The detail is really exquisite. This medium gives a three-dimensional quality to a two-dimensional surface,” she explains. “It’s very interesting to see.”

Attend Abstraction and Cold Wax and meet featured artist Cindy Walton at Asheville Gallery of Art at the Opening Reception Friday, April 1, from 5-8 p.m., at 16 College Street, Asheville. The exhibit will be displayed in the gallery from April 1-30, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. For more information on the event, see the Artist of the Month feature at

For more information on Cindy Walton, fine artist, see her website at

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Sherri L. McLendon, MA, is a communication strategist, marketing mentor, and publicist in Western North Carolina. She may be reached through the website at