Flood Gallery Fine Art Center

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    The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center educates, challenges and inspires the community through contemporary art. The Flood Gallery is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the Southern US area, and particularly for the residents of Western North Carolina, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community. The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public events, and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, dance, film, and design. The Flood Gallery presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility. .

Flood Gallery Fine Art Center programming is made possible through the generous support of the Dan Lucas Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.






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Richmond Smith and Nick Humphreys, both from WNC,  will be exhibiting their watercolor paintings and mixed media works at the Flood Gallery Fine Art Center at 850 Blue Ridge Road in Black Mountain. The exhibit opens March 7th from 6pm to 9pm and will be on display until April 4th.  These exhibitions at the Flood Gallery and free and open to the public.

Watercolor paintings created by Nick Humphreys and Richmond Smith

Description of show:

This part of the show represents a teacher /student collaboration between the teacher Richmond Smith and his loyal, dedicated student Nick Humphreys. For the past two years, Nick decided to concentrate all his artistic efforts in creating watercolor paintings in which we first began a self-portrait but from there he concentrated all his paintings on one thing he loves best: flowers. So, this a collaboration of different watercolor paintings, mostly of flowers in different ways, of Richmond and Nick’s special relationship and the artwork that they have produced over these past two years.

Mixed-media boxes

Description of show:

After receiving a B.F.A in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and sculpture from Western Carolina University in 1999 and a degree in art education (K-12) from University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2003, Richmond has been creating mixed media artwork and ekphrastic poetry for many years now. In 2010, he published a book called Towards the New Heaven of ekphrastic poetry and art work in which the message was described visually and poetically. Since then, he has continued to create mixed-media artwork and poetry but have concentrated on creating different three-dimensional boxes.

The influences for the ideas that he is conveying are influenced from poems that he has written and from personal experiences that reflect acute observations about the world that we live in.  The influences for the artwork come from such artists as the many different styles of Gerhard Richter, the mixed media pieces of David Wojnarowicz, the combine paintings of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and the boxes of Lucas Samaras and Joseph Cornell.  Just like these artists, Richmond is exploring how an artist’s practice might incorporate as many materials and techniques that can possibly work with in order to express the idea in the best way. All these influences have led him to create a vision exactly as he sees it in the hope that the viewer will see it in the similar way.

In these mixed-media boxes, Richmond combines painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, anything possible to convey a specific message. He uses a wide variety of different materials of acrylic and oil painting, screen printing and linoleum block printing, found objects, pen and ink, wax and ceramic sculpture, and florescent lights created on wood, glass, and mirror. He is also trying to force the viewer to look at each artwork a little longer than usual in order to really dive deeper into each artwork.  By combining different materials with different ways of painting, his is conveying a specific message to the viewer for he feels that it is important for the viewer to understand the message visually and poetically as well.

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26th Annual Twin Rivers Film Festival
Flood Gallery Fine Art Center
850 Blue Ridge Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28771

The Fine Art Center also includes the
Courtyard Gallery and the Black Mountain Press
Open Mic hosted by Mark is every Thursday From 6pm to 8pm
sign up is at 6pm, 850 Blue Ridge Rd, Black Mountain, NC

World Cinema Films are Screened every Friday at 8pm, at 850 Blue Ridge Rd, Black Mountain, NC NOTE: no films July 5th and 12th.

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Hamid Dabashi, Ph.D. talks about our traveling exhibition at
at the Flood Fine Arts Center and the
accompanying catalog. Iranian Poster Catalog and Descriptions.

In Search of Lost Causes by Hamid Dabashi from red 14 films on Vimeo.