Featuring the work of
Caleb Clark
Matthew Good
Joey Martin
Angel Vite’
Renee Whisnant

July 20 – August 19, 2017

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, July 20, 5 until 7PM

Caleb Clark:
Born in 1987, Caleb Clark grew up in the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. While attending high school he traveled to Florence, Italy on two occasions to study printmaking at IL Bisonte International School of Graphic Arts.  Upon graduating high school Caleb moved to Asheville, NC to attend The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas.  Over the next four years he immersed himself in studying the craft and techniques of the European Renaissance artists, eventually apprenticing under the school’s founder, renowned classical realist Benjamin F. Long IV.  Under Benjamin Long’s mentor-ship Caleb further developed his skills in traditional drawing and painting as well as the art of Fresco. Caleb has since assisted Benjamin Long on his large scale frescoes throughout the Carolinas in addition to teaching portrait drawing in Long’s studio.

Caleb’s work combines his study of Renaissance artwork with his reverence for nature along with a contemporary sensibility. He continues to live in Asheville, working and teaching in his River Arts District studio.

Matthew Good:

Matthew Good is a current resident of Asheville, raised in Hickory, NC.  As a promising artist in his early twenties he became acquainted with Ben Long IV.  For the better part of the last decade Good has studied in the master apprentice tradition with Long, learning both master techniques in oil as well as fresco and drafting.
His work is grounded in traditional renaissance style , shrouded in a deeper darker brooding pallet yet reflects a youthful modernism in it’s subject matter.

Joey Martin:
Joey Allen Martin is a primarily self-taught artist specializing in emotionally driven oil painting. He has received an Associates of Arts degree as well as recently completing an Associates of Fine arts degree, both from Western Piedmont Community College. The instructor Mark Poteat has been a primary benefactor in honing his skills as an artist, especially in terms of composition and experimentation. Other notable mentors include Robin Bias at Patton High School and Marsha Anderson, his first private art instructor as a child. His inspirations vary wildly, but most notable are close relationships, nature and personal emotions. These experiences are often represented through the use of the human figure as a recognizable and relatable subject. Equally as important in his work is the manipulation of color and visual texture and its impact on the viewer’s feelings and interpretations. He has painted four murals to date, including Salem Elementary and Patton High School, received five Scholastic Art Award Gold Keys and one Silver Key, won the American Visions Award, and has illustrated two children’s books.

Angel Vite:
Vite is a self-taught artist who began experimenting with artistic expression since his earliest memories. His subjects of choice today are still life, mountainous, landscapes and seascapes with spectacular plays of light and shade in styles from classic-realistic to surrealistic.  Though Angel has found his niche here in NC he has not forgotten those that remain in his home-town in Mexico and he continues to support them in their community development efforts.  He often donates
the revenue from the sale of his paintings to charity both here in North Carolina and Mexico; He has donated to such organizations
as the American Red Cross, the Cancer Society, 
Centro Latino of Caldwell County, (LAWA) Latino American Women’s Association and other.

Renee Whisnant:
I grew up in Morganton where I studied with Frances Hairfield who suggested I further my training with Ben Long  in Asheville. I studied with Ben Long and his associates for almost 8 years. In 2015 my father passed away and I found out my mother had a recurrence of breast cancer. My life changed dramatically after these two events and prompted me to make the move back to Morganton. I have recently opened the South Mountain Arts Co-op where I hope that students will have the same opportunity to study in the classical tradition and further their own artistic abilities.
“I believe that art is not merely a visual documentation of life but also an emotional one. But in order to correctly capture one’s emotions in an artwork, one must rigorously study in the same tradition of artists which came before them.”