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2010 Push Gallery Shows
Peter Parpan and Justin Offner: New Paintings




Peter Parpan and Justin Offner have been creating art, collaborating and vibing off each other since they met in a high school art class back in '93.

Peter Parpan’s figurative paintings depict mystical beings that evoke a sense of timelessness and wisdom. The figures are tribal and primitive, yet futuristic and otherworldly. The visual depictions of these beings vary drastically in style. Realistically modeled, emotive figures, with eyes closed, as if in a permanent state of meditation, are juxtaposed with flat, bold, graphic cartoon characters, which the artist refers to as Oracles, depicted with huge round, wide open eyes.

Justin Offner’s paintings depict a world of absurd, wayward characters, lunatics and oddballs, which convey a sense of imperfection in all things and ideas. His hobo inspired paintings deviate from contemporary culture and draw from all things old with an odd sense of satire, and a visual style, reminiscent of 1960’s cartoon animation. In everything he creates, Justin intends to capture the interesting and odd.

Peter Parpan began his professional art career at the young age of 23. Working in the New York animation industry, Peter worked on projects for high profile clients such as Phish, The Roots and Cartoon Network. Realizing that making commercial art in front of a computer screen full time was demanding and sometimes unfulfilling, Peter began pursuing an interest in handmade craft and apprenticed with renowned NY studio craft artist, David Ebner. During this apprenticeship, Peter returned to school to study art education. Peter currently teaches visual art at Asheville High School, while creating original art and taking on the occasional commercial project.

Justin Offner has been an animator in the New York animation industry for over ten years. Currently he serves as Art Director at World Leaders Entertainment, creators of the Adult Swim show "The Venture Bros." and the Cartoon Network show "Robotomy". Prior to that he was a lead animator on the Comedy Central show "Shorties Watchin' Shorties" and has worked for other industry leaders like MTV, Soup 2 Nuts, JibJab, Scholastic and more.

This show includes more than 30 paintings, installation elements and several dozen framed drawings and collages created in the past 9 months. Music provided by In Plain Sight, Asheville's hottest DJ/Producer trio.

Beautiful people, come out for an evening of art, music and free drinks at Push Gallery.

Perpetual Existence: Exhibition Featuring Naaman and M Fortune




Born Oct. 18th, 1974 on the army base of Fort Hood, Texas, Naaman's interest in art stemmed from an early age. His mother is a portrait artist, and encouraged his creativity by supplying the tools and support necessary for him to practice and grow into his own creative style. His love of art and of all medias has fueled his continuously evolving yet distinct style through his work with ink, paint, photography & collage.

Naaman combines his interest of the dark and macabre with the sensual, beautiful
aspects of life. Pulling together dark and light overtones into an image of brilliant colors, he creates imaginative settings for the mind to venture into. With an eye for detail, his diverse portfolio ranges from brilliant pointillism landscapes to expressionistic portraits of animals and bizarre surrealist figures.

Based on mythological themes, real life situations and experiences close to home, Naaman constructs his work as if captivated by the often startling imagery of his own imagination. Working with rich textures and colors, he brings his images to a contemplative, imaginative, and occasionally erotic climax with an underlying air of mystery.

Naaman is returning to the Push Gallery with all new work after his much successful “How I Haunt You” show in 2006. His new exhibit, “Perpetual Existence,” will be combined with another talented Asheville artist — Heather McCabe Jones, also known as M. Fortune. The exhibit will focus on the everlasting cycle of life and death, and the overlap and blurring of one’s past and present, even as we hurtle headlong into the future.

It's an exhibit not to be missed at the Push Gallery located next to Stella Blue on 25 Patton Ave. Opening reception will begin April 9th, 2010 at 7pm to 11pm. This exhibit will be up for the public to view through the month of April.   

Heather McCabe Jones (M Fortune), a native of Western North Carolina, began her career as a graphic artist in 1992.  Learning to use the new digital tools of the time to create design pieces laid the groundwork for the art that she creates today.  The on-the-job skills learned in digital photo manipulation eventually found it's way into her art in 1998 when she started creating flyers for local bands.  Since then, as technology has progressed so has her artistic style.  However, the sensibilities of a graphic artist are still present in her work.    

Today, she relies on Photoshop and her own collection of thousands of photos to build scenes that often mix past with present and reality with the subconscious in an impressionistic and sometimes humorous style.  Images of decay, mold, rust, old paper, paint and bird droppings are used to build organic textures that are the backdrops for surreal worlds that seemingly transient people inhabit.

The Kids of Hate and Love: A Collection of Photography on Skateboard Culture by Mike Belleme and Ramon Hess

photoshow hateandlove

Hangin Plants and Caverns: New Paintings by Lisa Nance



by Lisa Nance

Birdsong: Paintings and Prints by David Hale



David Hale is an Artist and Seer, living in Athens, GA.   He speaks to the Mystery, and his work is his interpretations of these communications, and the communications of the collective.   The work he creates comes in many forms, Drawing, Painting, Tattoo, Illustration and Design, but he feels his masterpiece is his son, Crow. David dedicates his work to the growth of Crow, and the prayer for a generation that truly heals its connection with our Great Mother Earth, and our Father Sky.

Artist Statement

"Birdsong brings relief to my longing. I am just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say! please universal soul, practice some song, or something through me!" RUMI translated by Coleman Barks.

This work is about our longing for connection, to all things, and our beautiful ability to do just that, in every moment.   Some works are very much personal, and tell of my way of connecting, others are very much about the Sangha and tell of ways that others connect.  What is important is taking time to speak to the mystery, and I hope my work reminds you how to speak, how to sing, and how to dance, we all are the children of Mother Earth, and Father Sky.

Small Towns Burn a Little Slower: works by Bluetan Collective

There are No Potatoes in the Porn Salad Paintings by Anna Jensen

“Painter Anna Jensen comes to Asheville from recent residences in Brooklyn, NC and Athens, GA. Her work is reminiscent of Picasso and Matisse in its disregard for traditional coloring and constraints. A layering of pattern and décor bring s sense of charm and nostalgia. The modern female subjects are disarming and captivating. They seem to be hot messes laughing in the face of oppression. While slightly disoriented they are forces to be reckoned with…divas better left alone. Jensen’s work is infused with soul searching, world wonder and fearless abandon. This is edgy, new contemporary art at its best and an Asheville debut not to be missed.”
-Leila Boggs, Asheville artist/photographer

“Kevin Kinney was the lead signer of the Atlanta rock band Drivin’n’Cryin, but since the band’s 1986 inception he’s released records of his own, often collaborating with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. Though often cited as a working-class lyricist, his is a unique spin on class, no urban yet not completely rural—he’s lived and worked in the urban center, Atlanta. Yet there is a gentleness and deeply humanistic thread to his work. Continuing to record with Drivin’n’Cryin, Kinney also tours as a solo act.”
-Denise Sullivan, All Music Guide

Kevin Kinney will provide musical accompaniment to Anna Jens’s visual art display.
Push Gallery, 25 Patton Ave., June 18th, 7-10pm