During the month of April local artists Kyle Keeler and Laurie Yeates Adams will be featured in the FW Gallery with their show Figures, Feathers, and Form.
Growing up on the plains of Colorado, Kyle learned about hard work and the dedication needed to be an artist. In 2001 he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he started working with some local glass blowers. He immediately became enamored with the beauty and complexity of glass. Through the years, he has taken a workshop here and there, but besides that he is completely self-taught. Relocating to the Appalachian Mountains in late 2007, Kyle has been inspired by Asheville’s unique, artistic community. As he continues to deepen his understanding of the complexity of glass, he has begun to explore the relationship glass can have with other materials. Kyle sells his work in over 10 different galleries, as well as on Etsy. He also participates in 12 different regional arts & craft shows a year. The business has now become family run with the help of his wife. They live in Asheville, North Carolina, with their two young children, lively dog, and four chickens. “Art is a necessity in every person’s life; it takes us away from the mundane and into the world of infinite possibility. If nothing else the goal is to get the observer to pause, even for the briefest moment, it is in that moment the magic happens and the person can choose to see the potential inside them self and in us all.”
Laurie Yeates Adams graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a teaching certificate in elementary education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1978. Laurie had a variety of career paths following which included, publicity and special events manager for a large retail department store, to marketing, copy writing and art direction for a now defunct computer software company, before finding her connection to art. Laurie began to pursue art with classes in pottery, figure drawing, calligraphy and oil painting. After seriously taking up oil painting in 1997 under Kim English, she became a member of the Art Students League of Denver and the Art Guild of Colorado Springs, attended classes and workshops there, after which took a four year study exclusively under painter Ron Hicks. She has exhibited her work in local, regional and national art shows, receiving an Honorable Mention in the Tri-Lakes Center Fall Regional Fine Arts Show in 1998 and a Juror Award in the Colorado Springs Art Guild Fall Regional Fine Arts Show Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1999, a First Place Award for 3-D work in the 16th Annual Winter Art Show, Monroe, Georgia in 2011, an Honorable Mention for Creativity for sculpture in the Grand International Fine Art Show, Greensboro, Georgia in 2011 and a First Place Award and Honorable Mention for 3-D work in the 17th Annual Winter Art Show, Monroe, Georgia 2012. She has been published in the "American Art Collector" and "Southern Distinction" magazines. "If I may give homage to Aristotle, 'The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.' If I am able to reveal what I believe is the inward significance of my subject, be it abstraction or representational work, then I feel I have succeeded in my effort."
Come meet the artists at the opening reception First Friday, April 6th from 5-7pm which also corresponds with the first Art Walk of 2018.