Since 2018 Elizabeth Albright has been reinventing mythological and historical narratives in her oil paintings by “defacing” classic art. Elizabeth’s last solo show, “Noble Beasts,” explored the symbolic connections between historical figures and animals by transforming renaissance royalty into the animal that best represented them. Her next show, “The Children of Dionysus,” will focus on the more conceptual idea of how mythological themes relate to ideas in classic art.
For this show Elizabeth will be transforming the figures in Rococo paintings into animals associated with the Greek God Dionysus.
Why Rococo? Why Dionyus?
In Greek mythology Dionysus, worshipped as early as 1500 BCE, was the God of wine, fertility, ecstasy, and all those other things that go along with frivolity and excess. Dionysus’ sacred animals were the panther, leopard, tiger, bull, horse, goat, donkey, and serpent.
Rococo painting, which originated in early 18th century Paris, embraced similar concepts. The artists focused on pastoral or boudoir tableaus populated by carefree aristocrats, performers, and farm folk who drink, sing, and cavort. These characters live in a world of amorous encounters and lighthearted youthful revelry, all idyllically portrayed using pastels and soft lines.
Although the myth of Dionysus and the Rococo art movement are separated by centuries, conceptually they are very similar. So why not marry the two and create a new narrative? Why not imagine what it would be like if the Dionysus myth were told in 18th century AD rather than 17th century BCE? In France instead of Greece?
Since the beginning of time, humans have been telling the same stories over and over again. With “The Children of Dionysus” Elizabeth hopes to tell another old story in a new way.
Opening Reception for “The Children of Dionysus” in the ZaPow Gallery Taproom, August 9th, from 7-9pm. Free drinks, music, masquerade ball, prizes, parlor games, and cake (let them eat cake!). The show runs from August 9th-September 8th.
Zapow Gallery, 150 Coxe Ave, Suite 101, Asheville, NC 28801
An intimate Umbrella Market featuring local artists and musicians. A fundraiser for Animal Haven
Join Elizabeth for the opening reception of her first solo show “Noble Beasts” on April 5th from 7-9pm at Downtown Books and News (67 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801). There will be music, wine, snacks, and, of course, lots of regal beasts. An extension of her “Birds of War” series, “Noble Beasts” explores the symbolic relationships between historical leaders and animals using zoomorphic transformation of classic portraiture. Guests are encouraged (but not required) to dress in Renaissance costumes, as animals, or as animals in Renaissance costumes. All guests that wear costumes will be entered into a drawing to win a full set of “Noble Beasts” 5x7 Prints (8 total) signed by the artist.
Asheville's biggest nerd gathering is back! Bigger and better than ever. Asheville Comic Expo, or ACE for short, returns once again to the US Cellular Center in beautiful downtown Asheville. Come meet your favorite comic artist, see your favorite super heroes, dress up and enter our costume contest, or try to find that one nerd item that has eluded you.
There will be local and national artist, vendors, dealers, cosplay, and so much more. All ages are welcome and kids 12 and under get in free! This event is founded and hosted by Comic Envy.
An 11-day Spring Pop Up Shop at The Asheville Social Hall. Over 50 makers, artists, vintage collectors, and food vendors. Open Thursday, May 10th with an Opening Party that evening from 6-9pm. The shop continues until Sunday, May 20th open 10am-9pm daily.
May The Fourth Be With You; Star Wars Tribute Show Opening Reception. Featuring New Artwork inspired by All Things Star Wars. (We promise, there will be no Jar Jar.)
Featured ZaPow Artists Include:
Apostasy X Fnord
Blake Lee Ferguson
Cheryl Eugenia Barnes
Christina A. Ramsey
John L. Haldane
LIVE performance of Asheville NC's #1 Nautical Themed Nerd-Core Surf & Rockabilly Band, EDDY & THE WHIRLPOOLS!
I will be in the Leicester Community Center selling original oil paintings, prints, and hand painted clocks.
The 12th Annual Come to Leicester Studio Tour runs August 19-20, 10-6 each day with 26 participating artists. The community of artists create in a variety of mediums, including painting, iron work, wood work, textiles, pottery, jewelry, aroma therapy candles, and brooms.