Friday, January 24, 2014

Art Imitates Love!

One of our artists tied the knot! We thought it genius and perfectly suitable to commission another one of our artists to paint the magical day for her to keep forever 
as an artistic keepsake. 

Thank you Jessica Swift, for capturing Hailey Lowe-Fennell's special day 
in the happiest of lights! 

The picturesque Chapel...

Hailey, the beautiful Bride

The Bride and Groom with their families

A fairytale reception! 

A peak at Jessica's other pieces in the Gallery...

Celebration, 16" by 16" on wood panel, $375

"Heal, Soar" 12" by 12" on wood panel, $295   :   "Be Bold be Brave" 16" by 16" $350

And Hailey Fennell's work in the Gallery...

 "New Fever"36" by 48"$1200   :   "Lemons have Antlers too" 30" by 36", $975

"New MJ Abstract" 16" by 16" $250

Hope you enjoyed this as much as we have! Best wishes to Hailey! 

Thanks for reading, 

xoxo - GIFA 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

From Gallery to Great Room!

Yes, all pieces look quite splendid hanging on our white walls, and we are ever so sad to watch them go...but we are simply a place of limbo, if you will, until each special piece of art finds its perfect home. Check out this new blog segment and see our first entry below...from the Gallery at Gregg Irby Fine Art to a great room!

Michelle Armas' "Glory" has certainly completed this gorgeous room in the home of one of our wonderful patrons. 

From Gallery to Great Room!

And, we felt it more than necessary to include Michelle's shoes, where do we find these?!

Thank you for reading! Come visit us soon. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Molly Courcelle in Carolina Home + Gardens!

Happy 2014 everyone! 

The Gallery has reopened, warmed up, and is ready to take on a new year surrounded by the wonderful world of art. 

We are loving this article featuring one of our artists, the amazing Molly Courcelle, in Carolina Home + Gardens this month! Lucky to have her beautiful pieces in the Gallery to share with you. 

Read on to see what an inspiration Molly is for us this new year... 

Garden of Verses

Molly Courcelle's floral-inspired paintings are rooted in scripture

Portrait by Matt Rose
Molly Courcelle recalls her favorite art class in college: live drawing, where each student had just one minute to capture the model’s form. That quick study, she says, trained her to focus on line and gesture, something that still informs her work today. Her nature-inspired paintings start with a dark (sometimes warm) ground applied with a house paint brush. Then she fills in the space with a small brush loaded with white, leaving a suggestion of form — leaves, vines, petals, or a ginko leaf for example — to come through. “It’s a push and pull” between the dark and the light that produces the movement and color in her work, she says, and that creates a certain mood (ranging from soothing to energizing), that makes her work so popular. But in recent years, her work has been driven by a force more powerful than popular design: her Christian faith.
Broken Road
Growing up in Winston-Salem as the daughter of well known  painter Bee Sieburg, Courcelle says she was constantly exposed to art: her mother took her out to paint plein air and the family frequented museums, especially when they lived in Maryland, not far from Washington, DC. Courcelle majored in painting at Wake Forest University, teaching art at Camp Greystone in Tuxedo during the summer. She moved to Boston after college and worked in floral design and retail, but relocated to Asheville after her parents settled here.
Together, she and her mother opened The Gardener’s Cottage in Biltmore Village in 1998, with Sieburg operating the flower part of the business and Courcelle running the boutique. The mother-daughter team owned the business until selling it around the time the first of Courcelle’s two sons was born.
Fixed and Focused
The two now work across the hall from each other on the second floor of the Wedge building in the River Arts District, each with her own painting studio. They sometimes teach workshops together. Courcelle’s retail background has aided her success as an artist. She keeps up on design trends and works closely with an Atlanta gallery owner finding ways to interpret her aesthetic to marketable works. When her sons were very young, says Courcelle, she was content to paint what was popular. “I could paint a bird a day,” she says. But having the technical skills to do so didn’t necessarily make her feel fulfilled. She looked for a way to tie her work more closely to her growing faith.
Before meeting Asheville artist Carol Bomer, Courcelle says she never, felt “bold enough” to put references to spiritual themes in her work. Faith was strong in her family growing up, but it was a private matter. But Bomer — who has a studio across the street from Courcelle — offered an example of an artist whose work expresses Christian beliefs without being too representational.  
Lift up Your Eyes and See
Courcelle started to focus her work on exploring different scriptures, trying to capture the essence of their message in paint. Rather than use liturgical images, Courcelle uses familiar motifs such as flowers and vines, or her signature loose, gestural abstracts. “I try to be gentle about it,” she says. A passage in Isaiah, for example, relays teachings about nurturing and growth. On the canvas, the teaching is expressed as a blossoming vine and branches emerging from a soft white background. While viewers can appreciate one of her spiritually motivated paintings simply for its aesthetic values, they may also find deeper meaning in them if they are so inclined. A client might walk away with a painting, print or postcard that touches them visually, but later discover that Courcelle’s intention behind it speaks to them, too.
Growth Pattern
“Art is a gift that I’ve been given, but at times being an artist can seem self-involved,” she says. “This is a way to give my work more purpose.” Her faith-driven approach to work renewed her energy and commitment to painting. “It’s true to my own voice,” she says.

Thank you for reading. And stay tuned for more info. on Molly and her new pieces coming to the Gallery soon!