Most of the time, I'm working in luxury mountain homes here in Western North Carolina, but because of the incredible tourism industry here in Asheville and great hotels like the Omni Grove Park Inn I'm privileged to have my work travel to many different places around the country. Such is the case with this beautiful tabletop centerpiece.
Recently, this client was on vacation at the Omni Grove Park Inn here in Asheville and saw my work displayed both there and at the Grovewood Gallery. They loved how this piece incorporated natural materials into their modern rustic decor. Seeing my work intrigued her enough to search me out in the River Arts District and commission a piece for a recently renovated space in her home.
This tabletop centerpiece is about 42" x 18"x10" and will live on a rustic farm table below a Chihuly-like chandelier. It's the perfect addition to this rustic modern decor!
Each year, our River Arts District Artist association hosts a Spring and Fall Studio Stroll. Over 180 artists in 25 studio buildings open their studios to the public for an incredible of art, sharing and shopping. Even though many artists like me are open all year round, the studio stroll creates an opportunity to share our work with thousands of visitors and locals alike.
This year, a local couple from North Asheville came in the studio looking for one of my wall hangings for an area in their kitchen / breakfast room. As you can see in the picture above, I'm glad to report they found a piece that fit the bill The piece they chose was a beautiful piece of my branch art featuring 5 kudzu and bark baskets nested in a unique Henry Lauder Walkingstick branch. The baskets were covered in encaustic wax and brought a beautiful pop of color and whimsey to this traditional space. I'm so glad it worked and I know they will enjoy this piece for years to come! In fact, as I was hanging the piece this morning my client said "I can't wait for the girls I go walking with every morning to come over and see this new piece!" Sounds like it's time for a coffee date!
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Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.