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.