Rhetorical Factory Show July 2015!

All new show scheduled, opening July 10, 2015 at Rhetorical Factory!

So excited for summer!

And here’s why…. 2 months ago I had a sit down, that’s amazing, brainstorm-y idea to collaborate with one of my favorite local artists. Today I ordered 9 yards of fabric from Spoonflower for what will become the centerpieces of my July show “Getting Off the Wall” at Rhetorical Factory in West Asheville.

This locally powered shop focuses on upcycling clothes and innovative design. Bethany Adams, the designer and captain of the ship at the shop,  had an inspiring boots on the ground meeting with me yesterday. She and I have had wonderful success in the past collaborating on projects (if you’ve ever seen me in a CLicKs shirt) and I can’t wait to see what she creates with my images! The show will also include 20 original glass art tiles which I’ve been working on for most of this year.

Come see what we’ve been dreaming up. . . second Saturday, July 10, 2015.

Tangleheart Carousel – Glass Art Tile 6″x6″ with wood stand available at upcoming show July 2015 at Rhetorical Factory in West Asheville.

In Vision – New Work by C.L. Kunst

Mom had it right.

When I was born my mother named me Cynthia Lea, which is an elegant and regal sounding set of names that I am only just now beginning to embrace. Now Lea is easy. Lea means shelter. Lea is an integral part of my Grandmother’s and my oldest daughter’s first name. But that uppity sounding first bit always seemed so far out of my reach.  Originally a reference to a Greek baby name, it literally means of Cynthus, and refers to the location of the birth of the Greek Goddess Artemis and the personification of the first phase of the moon. But modern definitions are more liberal and include ideas that relate to the moon’s more ethereal qualities such as its role as a mirror and reflectors and light in dark places.

When I was growing up I remember feeling intimidated by the big ideas that went with this name. Was this really me? Did this have anything to do with who I was meant to be? I didn’t feel particularly shiny or reflective, much less somehow related to any phase of some classical Greek goddess.  Turns out the answer is yes!!! I get so excited by light! Shining it, flashing it, catching it, teaching it how to dance funny, little flickers in dark places, whatever, just bring on the light! And I don’t think this is an accident either. My birthday comes right in front of the Spring Equinox and the sweet annual return of milder temperatures and longer days. I definitely experience my own personal quickening around this time of year.

March is when the phone starts ringing for portrait sessions again and the art shows, festivals and events for the summer start getting lined up.  So far this year has already been a major hustle-bustle with a pop-up show at a Blind Pig dinner in early February and this week  where I get ready for my latest show at The Circle Asheville that opens Saturday from 3-6.  I’ll be offering a bunch of new work as well as a few old favorites in a new way. Glass!! I’ve gotten together with a local printmaker who helping me create some gorgeous glass art tiles to go along with my other prints and photo art this year. Of course Pop was invaluable and helped me out by making some really cool stands for each tile so you can plunk it in the nearest window and let the sun (or the moon) do all the work backlighting it! They also make really pretty votive shades with a tea candle put on the stand behind the tile for your bookshelf or dining table.

This new body of work represents a jumping off point for me. After making what I call Radiants  for over 10 years I realized that what I’ve really been doing was picking up little pieces of flotsam and jetsam with my camera; bits of visual ephemera that might not mean much now but someday I felt I might find the puzzle this fits into. This year is the year I realized the scope of the puzzle and began to reassemble the pieces into a picture that made sense to me. After looking outward for a very long time I’m beginning to find the worth in looking in. So that’s In Vision, new looks at old works and a re-”in vision”-ing of their purpose in my bigger image. Come see.

In Vision

Show poster at The Circle March 14 – April 10


1.14.13 – The Electronic Medium

I spent an hour yesterday afternoon watching a piece from Robert & Ingrid Weigand’s The Electronic Medium at the Asheville Art Museum‘s Media Gallery. It is essentially an artistic time capsule of  the bare beginning of personal recording technology and experimentation with captured footage.  Reverberated feedback, overlapping audio and stacked video tracks reveal a pair of  artists exploring the perimeters of a, then, brand new technology.   Personally, I got it. I could see where play, and the novelty of being able to instantly record and view footage, overlapped with experimentation but is also mixed with more mundane scenes from the early 70′s of their everyday lives, eating breakfast, walking on the sidewalk, talking about future art projects and collaborations, etc.  My favorite part includes footage of a dancer, filmed simultaneously with a pair of cameras and a switcher, which overlays the two tracks to create a space much like I do in my radiants or a Rorschach ink blot, where the layers meet and overlap and a new image is created.  Overall an interesting exhibit that at the very least, provides a flashback to a time before personal media exploded when the documentation of a personal timeline was still a novelty.

The Electronic Medium

The Art of Sharon Pruyne

I recently did some portfolio catalog work for Sharon Pryune, an artist in Mars Hill.  She is an an amazing woman who is not only a vivid artist who specializes in trompe l’oeil but a nutritionist, personal trainer, innovative homesteader and organic farmer.  She is organizing her latest winter crop of paintings for show and sale and I’m very glad she chose me to document her unique pieces.  If  you are interested in her art contact me and I will be put you in touch with her.



Asheville Monsoon Season

And also festival time is upon us. Yay! We did our best yesterday and took the craft tent out for the first “dry” run in a couple of years.  Good thing too cause it’s been raining since then.  No complaints though. I think Hillary Frye and I did a very professional job presenting ourselves and we were cozy and dry inside it and talked about how we are going to be taking this show on the road.  For afters we went to the All Go West Festival in the parking lot of the Isis and caught he Jonathan Scales Fourchestra which made up for all of the dampness quite nicely.

But the BEST of all news about all of this precipitation the new rain capture system is not only working off all of the gutters on the north facing side of the house, it filled in five hours yesterday!! That’s about 150 gallons of rain water with overflow being diverted into the yard!!  Woo Hoo!  It’s going to be a lovely summer for our garden!



1st Friday Downtown Art Walk

Very proud of my oldest daughter for choosing and purchasing her first true piece of local art at Zapow during the 1st Friday Downtown Art Walk. It is now framed and hanging in a place of honor in her room. Awesome!

Thanks for the show!

Just took down my show of framed prints at 1st Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville.  I was the featured artist for the month of March in their gorgeous atrium gallery.  It was an honor and privilege to share my art with this fine congregation!  Thank you so much for the opportunity!


My husband Cass did the framing for all of these using weathered tobacco stakes and reclaimed barn wood.  He and I created this series of agricultural and rural scenes as the featured artist project for Blind Pig Underground Supper Club‘s November 2012 dinner “Preserve”. [See photos from the event here.] The entire series can be viewed here: Preserve Series

There are still several matted and framed prints available as well as a few smaller matted prints from my Asheville CLicKs series.  I am always looking for new spaces to hang my work if you’re a small business in the Asheville area who would like to host a show please feel free to get in touch!

5.1.11: BIG LOVE!!!!

Mmmm Hmmm!  Asheville, I feel the love!  Thank you for all of the great response at the Big Love Fest yesterday.  It was wonderful for us to meet so many of you at the CLicKs tent, thanks for coming by and taking some pics for a spin!  We hope you enjoy them!

My featured artist show, “Radiant Rotation” is in it’s last week at the Circle which means SALE!!!  $25 off all Framed Radiants in the store, and Big Love prices on all of the Baby Radiants: 1 for $15 or 2 for $25.  Come get them all so I can make new ones!!!!

4.30.11: Working in the Yard Glyph

I found this little note carved into a shingle on a friend of mine’s workshop. . . I think shingles are a vast improvement over sticky notes, for one – they last longer.  Many many thanks to our friend, Dave Goines, for all of his invaluable assistance, extensive advice getting ready for the Big Love today and for lending us his 10×10 tent to use at the show.

I’ll be working in the streets of Downtown Asheville all day at the Big Love Fest.  Come by the CLicKs tent, right in front of the Biltmore building at the Vance Memorial in Pack Square, between 1-8, say Hi, stop for a chat and take a Radiant for a spin.

4.28.11:Asheville Mall Student Art Show

The Asheville Mall is currently hosting their spring Student Art Show with entries from schools all over the area.  There are some really beautiful pieces on display and it gives me hope for the next generation of artists as well as give thanks for the teachers that are inspiring these kids.  As a part of the show, the Old Navy Store at the mall hosted a combined chorus presentation of singers from Emma and Johnston Elementary School, led by their mutual chorus director Mr. Preston Prince. The kids performed their entire Spring Show, which is comprised of several selections from the TV show Glee!, and did a great job in front of a packed store of parents and shoppers.  Thanks very much to Mr. Prince for bringing his passion for music to our kids and going the extra mile, providing them with performance opportunities outside of school!

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