Flood Gallery Fine Art Center

Flood Mission

Flood Fine Art Center is a non-profit contemporary art institution dedicated to advancing the careers of emerging and mid career artists, as well as educating the public and furthering the understanding of contemporary art and its importance within the community and beyond. We aim to provide a stimulating environment for artists so that they will successively enlighten, challenge, inspire, and elevate awareness for the necessity of art in contemporary culture.

Flood Fine Art Center seeks to be a vital cultural resource for Asheville through providing funding and space for innovative local and national artists as well as curators who stretch boundaries in all media. Through our extensive exhibition schedule, residency program, educational activities, presentations and publications we aim to serve a diverse audience that will in turn enhance quality of life and provide opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be unavailable.

November 3rd through November 29 th , 2007.

Flood Gallery Fine Art Center Presents Roanoke Artists

Flood Gallery Fine Art Center ("Flood Gallery") introduces three astoundingly unique Artists from Roanoke, Virginia that explore simplified forms, patterns, and cast off materials.   The exhibition, organized by founding Director and art activist, Jolene Mechanic, is on view from November 3rd through November 29 th , 2007.  

The opening reception is slated for November 3rd from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Flood Gallery (109 Roberts Street, Asheville River Arts District), with a weekend celebration on November 10 th and 11th, concurrent with the biannual "Studio Stroll."   This event is free and open to the public.

"We are overjoyed to exhibit artists of this caliber during the 2007 Fall 'Studio Stroll'," says founding Director, Jolene Mechanic, "it gives us the opportunity to present our talented artists-in-residence, while upholding our mission to educate our community about the many facets of contemporary arts and culture."

This group exhibition features the work of Ann Glover, Chris Gryder, and Ann B. Trinkle from "Open Studios of Roanoke," Virginia.

Ann Glover, art lecturer at Hollins University, utilizes "found aluminum and cookie tins" to create non-objective works that are an exploration of primary forms and shapes.   Glover, a realist painter by trade, feeds off of fiber-based techniques, such as appliqué, in this series. The results are grand scale abstractions that reveal the luster found within cast off materials.

Just as simplified forms are found within Glover's artwork, they are also consistent in the work of Chris Gryder.   Gryder, heavily influenced by the ornate and fluid architectonic qualities of Antonio Gaudi's structures, translates abstract forms found in nature and Pre-Colombian symbols, to a seemingly mathematical pattern tile.   These unconventional tiles, which are placed in linear formulas, have narrative qualities often unbeknownst to the viewer.   Gryder received his bachelors from Tulane University and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Not too far south, Ann B. Trinkle received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has since exhibited throughout Virginia and Illinois.   Trinkle's work, the third element to this exhibition, is symbolic of the cyclical patterns found in nature.   Trinkle, a gatherer of mundane objects, incorporates oil painting and found objects into three-dimensional, pictorial landscapes.

Christopher Gryder "Pinwheel" 2007 Ceramic relief tile 25"H x 34"W x 2"D

Ann B. Trinkle "Dream Door" 2007 Mixed media

Ann Glover " Sky Painting" 2007 Mixed media 18"H x 18"W x 3"D