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Bottle Riot

Season of Promise

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Season of Promise

Time & Location

Apr 07, 6:00 PM

Bottle Riot, 37 Paynes Way, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

About the Event

Join us on April 07, 2022, at 6 pm for a special exhibit opening as we present to you a Season of Promise.

A newly curated art selection featuring artists Armone Pinkey, Emma Ensley, and Julianna Chioma. A continuation of Bottle Riot's long running art program and a new venture for Asheville local Crystal Sherriff, this show seeks to showcase the power of Spring and the symbiotic relationship it shares with the human psyche.

With this collaboration, we aim to bring a new perspective to the Asheville art scene by providing a platform for female, queer, non-binary, and BIPOC artists to have a voice while also curating a space for those voices to be heard and engaged with in conversation.

In her artist statement, one of the featured artists, Armone Pinkley, had this to say “these abstract pieces challenge my ideas of what my art can look like, capturing the essence of spring in a nontraditional way. Living a life led by creation has always been the highest truth I've known. From childhood materializing what was in my mind felt like the safest way to digest the world around me, and still does. An unspoken language with no need for translation, Art is all encapsulating where our words may stop, art begins.”

Additional Artist Bios

Emma Ensley is a queer, figurative painter living in Asheville, NC. Her work often centers around intimacy and self-portraiture, while celebrating the simple, joyful, sometimes even mundane, moments of everyday life. In this series of works, she considers the idea of “spring” through a nostalgic lens, referencing a series of film photos, taken of friends during the previous year’s spring. In these paintings, colors are amplified and landscapes are replaced with bold, all-encompassing color fields. Together, the paintings create a dreamy, hyperreal memory of the first warm days, when anything feels possible.

Julianna Chioma is an artist, stylist, designer, illustrator, and maker currently residing in Asheville, NC. They utilize painting, collage, sculpture, textile, and performance as vehicles to drive inquiries surrounding ideas of perception, reality, memory, identity, and the process of healing. They’re interested in understanding how these variables converge and interact with one another to influence human behavior, and how their own identity is implicated in society.

As the Earth and air heat up, the morning tide melts away the remnants of cold and isolation, we emerge anew. A phenomenon shared by all Her inhabitants. The equinox delivers the Season of Promise.

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