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The Naked Truth Live

Jonas Gerard’s New Figurative Works Artfully Unveiled at The Asheville Loft

Painting of nude female merged with abstract in soft earth tones

Soft Repose 20×60 acrylic on canvas

It was a festive night full of rhythm and color and inspiration. Painting, beats, dance, dialogue, food and wine.

Art lovers experienced an explosion of the senses during the premiere of Jonas Gerard’s new body of work entitled The Naked Truth at The Asheville Loft on Saturday, June 27. Reminiscent of the New York studio lofts of the 60’s and 70’s, the third-floor space in historic downtown Asheville set the stage for an unforgettable evening.

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Displayed throughout the gallery, Jonas’ new paintings vibrated with the same ecstatic color and energy of his abstracts, but these works, which feature nudes emerging from abstractions, explore and celebrate the beauty and strength of the female form. They also reveal much more—themes of love, courage and transformation imbue them with poignancy and a provocative complexity. Each work, a delicious treat. Seeing them all in one time and place was like indulging in an extravagant meal.

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If the paintings weren’t enough to satisfy an appetite for saturated hues and intriguing compositions, there was the live body painting collaboration between renowned body painter and makeup artist Ren Allen and Jonas. The model became a living canvas for the two artists who “dressed” her in playful designs and patterns while a captivated audience looked on.

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Underscoring the entire evening, stimulating world music from River Gueguerian and Free Planet Radio filled the room with a kinetic mood—a dynamic twist on dinner music. When not dancing, mingling, or taking in the kaleidoscope of art, guests enjoyed an array of vegetarian dishes created especially for the event by Laughing Seed, drinks and sweets from Well-Bred Bakery & Café.

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The architectural character of the venue, with its vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and brick, added yet another flavor to the premiere. David Lawter and Leigh Ann Singleton of The Asheville Loft have impeccably restored the open space for artists and musicians to share their works with the public in less traditional ways, favoring a more imaginative approach that encourages a closer relationship with artists who exhibit there.

With all the evening’s eclectic elements, the preview of The Naked Truth was certainly not traditional, but then, would one really expect the same old thing from artist Jonas Gerard?

 

 

The Art of Saving Our Forests

 Dogwood Alliance Launches SOS Campaign at Jonas Gerard Gallery in Asheville  

Abstract art and forest preservation may seem an unlikely pairing, but with passion and purpose as common denominators, the two make perfect sense. Based out of Asheville, Dogwood Alliance is a nonprofit organization ardently devoted to protecting our Southern forests; and abstract artist Jonas Gerard is passionate about many things, especially the transformative power of art.

So when the nonprofit needed a different sort of venue for its Save Our Southern Forests (SOS) campaign launch event, the Jonas Gerard gallery at Riverview Station provided just what they were looking for—an inspiring and interesting place that mirrored their passion and would engage their local supporters and donors.

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The vibrant mural welcomed Dogwood Alliance supporters and donors

While Shannon Barrett, the organization’s Advancement Director, was in the gallery considering the space for the kickoff event, one painting in particular stood out to her. Something in the bold and vibrant, River Park Vignette #8 reminded her of a forest. That connection with the piece along with the gallery’s open space, many alcoves, and of course, walls of artwork compelled her to hold the SOS Tour Send-off party there. “We wanted something new and wonderful to entice our local supporters. Jonas’ art is so passionate and organic. The place was part of the event,” she said.

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River Park Vignette #8 34″x 84″ Acrylic on canvas

With about 60 people attending on June 11, 2015, the night included food, drinks, a lively and informative discussion led by Dogwood Alliance’s Campaign Director Adam Macon and music by Josh Phillips and Suzanna Baum. It also included a visit from Jonas. “He was amazing. He hung out and mingled with us. We appreciated it so much,” Barrett said.

The gratitude flows both ways. Jonas is thankful to have an inviting space for groups to have events such as the one organized by Dogwood Alliance.

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Adam Macon discusses the SOS campaign with a lively crowd

 

 

 

What a Feeling

30-foot Mural Evokes Larger-Than-Life Emotions

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Standing in front of the mural entitled Life, Love and Passion and actually touching it is almost like therapy for some people. When visitors wander into the Jonas Gerard gallery and run their fingers over the mural’s texture or simply place a hand on its surface, it’s as though they can feel its heartbeat, a vibration that resonates with something deep in the soul.

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Life, Love and Passion – 30-foot long mural.

Jonas Gerard painted the mural—nova-like explosions of color splashing over seven aluminum panels—as a welcoming beacon to hang over the entrance to Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District. Before it could be installed, however, it needed to be stored somewhere.  So it was brought inside his gallery located in the historic building. And that’s when it became more than a work of art.

People, even those who are familiar with the fearless spontaneity and evocative quality of Jonas’ work, are awestruck by the energy and vitality of Life, Love and Passion. Experiencing the mural up close and personal invites them to feel from the heart. All kinds of emotions, not only the joyous ones you would expect from a work so vibrant. Its formlessness awakens their senses and opens up infinite possibilities within them.

Jonas is humbled and grateful for the responses. And a bit in awe of the unexpected.  ”Seeing it at eye level is a powerful experience. As people touch it and feel the texture it produces a larger than life emotional response that I’ve never witnessed before.”

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The south entrance to the Riverview Station artist studio building in Asheville’s River Arts District.

The mural will soon be installed on the southern exterior of Riverview Station. In its permanent location, it will surely bring happiness to visitors to the area, but until then it’s inside where it can be touched…and touch you as well.

Suspended Moments: A True Story

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Last Sunday, I entered the gallery about 10:45am finding only Bernie present; it was the only time I have ever nearly been alone in the gallery, and the experience was like no other visit there, there being no distractions…

Trust The Flow by Jonas Gerard

Trust The Flow
36″x72″ Acrylic on Canvas [click for a closer look]

Just as the gallery opened this pre-spring morning, of all the times that I’ve been to it, with the exception of a single attendant, this was the first time that I had been alone in it.  As if truly alone, I wandered through the rooms in the ecstasy of color that was splashed across the walls in a myriad of inconceivable – beyond mental conception or grasp – forms.  Alone and completely undistracted, the artistic expressions throughout the gallery had their way with me.

Life, Love & Passion II by Jonas Gerard

Life, Love & Passion II
48″x48″ Acrylic on Canvas [click for a closer look]

What is this nectar, this intoxication, I wondered, that nova-like, explodes across the canvas, sweeping over and through me, caressing me, enrapturing me, moving me with it…what else but the creative life impulse that swept through the artist, himself, emblazoning his love of the divine on the canvas, and it was being recognized by “me” on some profound interior level. Read More…

Riverview Station Grand Opening

Celebrates Adding A New Gallery with a
Grand Opening Reception & Painting Performance

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Light and Color

Jonas Gerard’s new gallery at Riverview Station is the result of the powerful synergies possible when creative growth aligns with a thriving business.  New explorations in flow painting techniques and a love for larger canvases, on top of an already vibrant and extensive body of work, has turned Gerard’s Clingman Avenue location into a cornucopia of color. When it became obvious that his artistic imagination was bigger than the walls of one gallery, the search began for an additional location.

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Before and After

Large paintings are where Jonas’ creative spirit soars best.  The new gallery was designed in accordance with Feng Shui concepts, allowing energies to flow and creating the perfect blank canvas for Jonas to explore the nature of creativity, light and color.  Its large walls and performance space are filled with everything from his new flow paintings to landscapes and sculptures.

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Warm Art

The grand opening for the 4,700 sq. ft. gallery kicks off on April 12th with the 2nd Saturday Live Painting Performance at 2:00pm, followed by the Opening Reception from 4:00-8:00pm.  Live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and refreshments paired perfectly with vibrant art will make this a celebration not to be missed.

Together, the Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station and Jonas Gerard on Clingman Avenue galleries will house the fresh new creative rewards of a lifetime spent in art.

Details:

Grand Opening April 12th
Live Painting Performance 2:00-3:30pm
Opening Reception 4:00-8:00pm

(828) 350-7711

Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., Studio #144
Look for the big red doors!

[click here for map]

 

This Spring is a time of incredible growth for us.  Also in April:

“A Tale of Two Cities”
The Flow Paintings of Jonas Gerard
Opening Reception: April 4, 5-9pm
Artist Talk + Reception: April 5, 5-7pm
Weinberger Fine Art|1800 Baltimore|Kansas City, MO.

Weinberger Fine Art is proud to announce the exhibition of celebrated artist Jonas Gerard. Fresh off his highly successful exhibition hosted by Kansas City’s Truman Medical Center and in conjunction with his newest gallery opening in Asheville, North Carolina, Jonas continues to impress with his unique flow paintings. “A Tale of Two Cities” is meant to highlight and expand the creative energy that now links Kansas City and Asheville through this exceptional artist.

Established in 2008, Weinberger Fine Art grew from a small art consultation business to a thriving art gallery in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads Art District. Weinberger Fine Art specializes in bringing diverse and fresh art to Kansas City from both emerging and established artists. [click here for more info]

Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station

Jonas expands with an additional River Arts District location

One of the amazing things about being an artist in Asheville is the tremendous synergies that are possible when creative growth aligns with a burgeoning business.  New explorations in flow painting techniques and expanding work with larger canvases, on top of an already vibrant and extensive body of work, has turned Gerard’s Clingman Avenue location into a veritable cornucopia of color.

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Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours event

When it became obvious that his artistic imagination was bigger than the walls of Jonas Gerard Fine Art, the search began for an additional location.

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Surrounded by color

After looking at many other areas around town, the perfect venue for expansion was found just a stone’s throw away in the River Arts District’s own Riverview Station, studio #144.

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The new location will itself be a blank canvas for Jonas to explore the nature of creativity, light and color.  It’s large walls and performance space soon be filled with everything from his new flow paintings to landscapes, sunsets, large murals and steel sculptures. Together the Jonas Gerard at Clingman Ave. and Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station art spaces will house the fresh new creative rewards of a lifetime spent in art.

The Jonas Gerard 2014 Fine Art Calendar

A Time For Art

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Art is not something to be locked away in fancy rooms and saved for special occasions.  It’s something to be enjoyed every day, enriching our lives on every level.  It was towards this goal that Jonas embarked on the creation of his first calendar in 2013, featuring a broad selection of paintings drawn from the many styles and periods of his 50-year career.

 

Time has a funny way of playing serendipitous tricks on us all though.  When the time came to choose art for his 2014 calendar, Jonas was undergoing a tremendous shift in his painting style.  It became obvious that the 2014 calendar was a perfect medium to commemorate this new path: the only problem was that he was still in the midst of creating it.

Jonas Gerard 2014 Fine Art Calendar

Energized by this fresh direction, the result was an outpouring of new art. CONFLUENCE, a show of his new large flow paintings sprung from this same creative well.  Choosing the calendar images from this artistic avalanche was a daunting task, and some paintings were photographed and added to the calendar design before the paint was dry.

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The next task was to find a printer with the quality, experience, technology and artistic sensitivity needed to translate the magic of Jonas’ paintings into the commercial printing process.  We were lucky enough to find one in our own backyard. Blue Ridge Printing has worked for over thirty years to build a reputation amongst the top commercial printers in the United States. Their facility being located in Asheville made it easy for Jonas and staff to work closely with them to fine-tune the calendar design, and keep things local!

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The resulting calendar captures the spirit of Jonas’ new works and is the perfect way to let art flow into every day of the coming year.

The Jonas Gerard 2014 Calendar is available at Jonas Gerard Fine Art, or online at jonasgerard.com

CONFLUENCE : A new show

Opening Reception following the 2nd Saturday Live Painting Performance on Saturday October 12th

The Painting Performance starts at 2:00pm and the reception starts at 3:30pm.  The Flow technique will be demonstrated at the painting performance.  CONFLUENCE will be on display through November 11th.

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New Painting Techniques

Confluence: noun, a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point, the flowing together of two or more rivers or streams

When multiple currents of creativity move in the same direction, their meeting point becomes a nexus from which something greater flows.  For some time now two such currents have been gathering in Jonas’ artistic headwaters: the urge to create very large paintings and the desire to further explore flow painting.

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OPPOSITES ATTRACT II, 58″x62″ Acrylic on Canvas
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Large canvases are where Jonas’ creative spirit soars best.  Reminiscent of his early days as a dancer, his abstract, gestural style is in peak form when his brush has plenty of space to roam, not confined by the canvas’ edge.

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FLUIDITY #13, 30″x40″ Acrylic on Canvas
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The other creative current propelling him has been a call to return to the flow painting techniques he first explored in his 2011 FLUID POETRY show.  Working with fluid acrylics takes him deeper than ever into his philosophy of “letting go”.  Forgoing expectations and control, he allows the colors to find their own paths, and the art that emerges is imbued with that spirit of flowing freedom.

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A Meditative Sunset: Merging #20

Merging #20 sunset available at Jonas Gerard Fine Art Asheville Art Gallery

Merging #20 – 20″x20″ acrylic on linen
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Sunset in the meditation garden. The impending twilight has streaked the sky with burnt orange, spice, and golden rays of light flickering through hues of green and blue as if dripping down from the heavens to touch the earth. The carmel drizzled with fresh blue cleanse my soul and give my busy mind nourishment and hope that the night will remain quiet with me inside, and outside, my thoughts.

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Detail from Merging #20
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The tall green grass is damp as the sun makes places its final kiss on my face before dipping quietly behind the horizon line. It is refreshing. I wonder if nature promises to make another spectacular day on the wings of this cornucopia of color? The quiet and tranquility of this space calms me of my uncertain destiny and gives me strength to move into the darkness ahead with splendor and awe.  Off in the distance the crickets chirp and the sky continues to display more and more color before sinking into a pale gray.

I am intimately aware of my movement in relation to the world. It’s a bit like being watched from those glorious lights above. Am I alone or do others sit where I sit and explore the surrounding environment as I do now? I realize that I can contemplate life on this plane while feeling connection, yet disconnected to time and space around me.

- Professor Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM

Michelle Malsbury