Art Exhibit Opening
Saturday, March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
It’s been a long time…an art exhibit of watercolor paintings and mixed-media boxes by student/artist Nick Humphreys and his teacher Richmond Smith.
About the artists:
Richmond Smith: Artist, teacher, poet, etc…
Richmond has been creating art since he was a child where he grew up in Kinston and Raleigh, North Carolina when he was influenced by my grandmother who was a watercolor and acrylic painter. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Western Carolina University in Painting and Sculpture and an art education degree (k-12) from University of North Carolina at Asheville. When he is not teaching art or life skills at the LINCS Day Program in Swannanoa, NC teaching developmentally disabled adults or teaching tennis lessons, he is busy creating oil, watercolor and mixed-media paintings and sculpture or spending time with his beautiful wife Heather and daughter Iona. For the past twenty years, he has had a studio either out of my home or in the River Arts District at the Phil Mechanic Studios in Asheville, North Carolina.
Nick Humphreys was born in Asheville, North Carolina and has been hiking the mountain trails since earliest years, giving him his painter’s vocabulary of plants and butterflies. His world is peopled by the characters of Grimm’s fairy tales, Marvel comics and the movie Frozen. He claims as his two most significant historical influences the works of Auguste Renoir and of Mark Rothko. Mentored for over a decade by Richmond Smith in drawing and painting, he has also taken classes at Odyssey Clayworks, the Asheville Art Museum, and in the Open Hearts program for the differently abled. Nick says that, “If art is detailed and organized, it makes your heart connect with your brain and what you’re thinking.”