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Tess Darling Exhibition
NOVEMBER 4 - 13TH, 2022

The theme of her exhibition, “Sublimity in Gold,” was sparked by Darling’s life-changing whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. She experienced treacherous rapids and overwhelming waves.
Then, “on land we scrambled through bouldered trails and crumbling cliffs,” she said. “There were moments of quiet contemplation as we walked in between walls of rock in the depths of slot canyons, interrupted by obstacles of stagnant water or greater heights to climb — one step at a time.”


Tess was inspired by her “highly sought-after journey, seen through the golden hue of its value — enlightenment, ancient knowledge, and danger,” she explained. “The gold lens transcends time and place; the richness of Earth and its sublimity does not end. There’s gold in the perspective of a journey through the wildness of the natural world.”

Sublimity in Gold: An Expedition Through Elements of Earth will commence with an opening reception on Friday, November 4th, from 5:30—8:00 pm at the Mark Bettis Gallery located at 15 Broadway Street, in downtown Asheville. Also, 10% of sales from show will benefit the non-profit organization “Mountain True” which champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge.
Guests will be able to meet and talk with Tess Darling during the opening reception.  Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

A Group Exhibition

The Mark Bettis Gallery wants to decorate your tree with beautiful baubles this holiday season. On the evening of November 11th, 2022, sixteen Asheville artists will debut their collectible Holiday creations that will be on sale through December 27, 2022.

The ornaments were lovingly created for you to collect each holiday season, and they will certainly add an element of handcrafted creativity wherever you hang them. They are also great gift ideas for your friends and loved ones. Collect these pieces of art and start a new annual tradition.

The opening reception is Friday, November 11th at the Mark Bettis Gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The gallery is in the River Arts District at 123 Roberts Street, and the ornaments will be displayed on festive Holiday trees. Refreshments will be served, and the artists will be present to meet and talk with guests about their creations.

The participating local artists have crafted their ornaments from paper collage, paint, ceramic, glass and wood. You will see bold and exquisite work from:  Balsam Abo Zour, Carrie Cox, Philip DeAngelo, Kristin Foley, Paige Houghton, Annie Jacobsen, Erin Keane, Andrea Kulish, Christopher Mello, Sam Moore, Grant Penny, Stephanie Peterson Jones, Mark Schieferstein (a.k.a. Skrapmonkey), Kim Self, Deb Williams, and Trish Woods Salmon.

The 1st Annual Holiday Collectors Ornament Show will be at the gallery through December 27, 2022.

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