Tony Griffin: Paintings and Drawings – Gallery Opening in Asheville

Gallery Opening on March 11, 5:30-7:30pm
115 O’Henry Street in the Grove Arcade, Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC – The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas will host a gallery opening for the exhibit, Tony Griffin: Paintings and Drawings, in their downtown gallery located in Asheville’s Grove Arcade on March 11, 5:30 to 7:30pm. The exhibit coincides with a Charcoal Drawing workshop being taught by the artist at the Fine Arts League in the River Arts District.

Tony Griffin is a classically-trained perceptual painter. While Griffin remains faithful to the principles and ideals of his classical training, his work has developed into a looser, more confident voice – a testament not only to his skill, but to his personal vision.

While attending the American International School of Florence, Tony lived and apprenticed with fresco artist Ben Long. During this time, he received training from the atelier of Sigorina Nera Simi at the recommendation of the Italian master, Pietro Annigoni. Griffin’s early artistic training was heavily influenced by the Italian Renaissance masters – a set of artistic ideals that was enjoying another renaissance in Florence’s dynamic community of expatriate artists of the 1970’s . With a solid foundation in academic drawing, Tony briefly returned to the United States in 1974 to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts and was to permanently return later to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. The Academy offered a broader range of instruction and focused more on contemporary realist painting. Here he was able to study with the likes of Ben Kamihira, Sydney Goodman, Arthur De Costa, Seymour Remenick, and Louis Sloan.

Currently, Tony divides his time between his studio in Charlotte and his summer home in the mountains of North Carolina. 

The Fine Arts League is dedicated to teaching in the tradition of the old masters within a master/apprentice learning environment. The course schedule includes: core apprentice track classes, adult workshops, and after school youth workshops. Curriculum details are available online at The school was founded in 2001 by Benjamin F Long IV, an Arthur Ross Award winner for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an Art Renewal Center “Living Master”.

For more information about the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas visit:, or contact Sheri Kahn at (828) 252-5050,

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