May 9, 2015 - June 19, 2015
“Storytellers,” featuring paintings by Arden Cone, Margaret Curtis, Dawn Hunter, and Anna Jensen will open Saturday, May 9, with a public reception at the Upstairs Artspace from 5 to 8 p.m. The work will remain on display through June 19.

These four women excel at figurative painting that often presents a narrative story. “Storytellers” will allow the viewer to witness each artist’s uniquely honed style, while connecting with their equally mesmerizing portrayals of modern life. The women share common ground through conveying contemporary issues with comic delivery, issues such as gender, Southern culture, and relationships.

Cone’s aesthetic entices all the senses, channeling her roots as a youth who developed her talent as a painter in her family’s horse stables; she resides in Charleston. Curtis, who lives in Tryon, tackles controversial social and women’s issues with painstaking detail. Hunter’s whimsical paintings can be rife with psychological, almost surreal, representations of popular culture and natural beauty; she lives in Columbia, SC and teaches at SVAD of the University of South Carolina. Asheville resident Jensen depicts piercing subject matter that reveals her keen observations of the human condition.

Prior to the reception, there will be a Walk and Talk conversation with the artists at 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.