There is a lot going on at the Arts Center this month, but to be more specific, “Anything” is going on. The newest exhibit from the Ashe County Arts Council, “Anything Goes” eschews a tight theme that is featured by most exhibits at the Arts Center and lets the artists go wild with imagination.
Arts Council executive director Jane Lonon said the exhibit allows for a freedom that other displays might not.
“It was a great opportunity to have sort of a non-theme for artists so they can really stretch their creativity and open it up to lots of folks to put something in the exhibit,” Lonon said. “Often our exhibits are very theme-specific so this one was really, anything.”
Lonon said the exhibit gives artists an opportunity and a little push to try new things, media and styles. One such example is the Open Studio group piece from participants at the Florence Thomas Art School. The first collaborative work from Open Studio artists Robert Ray, Diane LaBonte, Bill Berry, Sally Glass, Carol Kirby, Kelly Cameron, Joni Ray and Robert Ray.
Divided into sections, each artist took two weeks to complete their part. A color palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna and manganese blue was chosen, a new palette for most of the artists, while Kirby opted to paint with oils for the first time.
An experimental and refreshing exhibit for visitors, “Anything Goes” will be on display until March 22.