SPRUCE PINE GALLERY
269 Oak Avenue Spruce Pine NC 28777
10:30AM to 5:00PM Tuesday – Saturday
Reception: July 12, 2019
5:00 – 7:00pm
When I first met Aldina she was chopping and collecting wood for the woodstove at the center of her house in Lunday, near Kona. It was still a bit chilly outside and the crispness of the air made it feel as if spring was a lifetime away. I was struck by Aldina’s matter-of-fact and calm demeanor, and her nonchalant way of making sure I was part of her home. We sipped tea while I reveled in the coziness and softness of her space. “The house was a wreck when we bought it in 1987,” she said. “I’ve been fixing it up slowly since then.” There were paintings everywhere – covering walls, leaning against pieces of furniture, and hiding behind one another in a spare bedroom. I later learned these pieces represented over 40 years of her history; stories painted while living a life worth telling.
Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Aldina Nash-Hampe has lived a well-traveled life, collecting experiences that have influenced her bold and expressive style. She was a rower in Seattle and an occupational therapist in Asheville. Her paintings are vibrant and expressive, with depth reflective of her eclectic background. Her landscapes are both inviting and bold, leaving the viewer to wonder how she must have felt as she painted our beloved mountain landscapes. Small Church in Kona Valley is the perfect depiction of her beautiful style, bold brushstrokes balanced with a calming palette. The piece feels as if it has lived its own history, not one predetermined by the artist painting it.
Aldina Nash-Hampe has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Boston University, and with artists Paul Gorka and Jim Lueders. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, and in Mexico. She has traveled extensively in Europe and considers herself to be a student of primitive art.
The exhibit will be on display at Toe River Arts Spruce Pine gallery June 29 – July 27.
(269 Oak St., Spruce Pine, NC 28777)
Join us on Friday, July 12 from 5-7pm for a meet the artist reception.
Toe River Arts is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to promote the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties. The organization is funded in part by a Grassroots Art Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; both Mitchell and Yancey County Schools; and the Yancey County Community Fund. For more information about the educational arts programs Toe River Arts offers, visit www.toeriverarts.org or call 828-682-7215.