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Spheres of Influence

Spheres of Influence by Linda Gritta

ON EXHIBIT: March 1st - March 30th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception will take place on Saturday, March 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Ramsey Library.

Spheres of Influence, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Linda Gritta, will be featured at UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery March 1-30. Originally from Chicago, Gritta earned a BFA at Converse College and then continued her studies at the New York Studio School. After gaining a foundation in traditional painting and printmaking, Gritta has turned to abstraction, driven, she says, by her “fascination with the order and the apparent chaos we find in nature, physics and within ourselves.” Spheres of Influence does feature spheres along with what Gritta describes as “grandly meandering abstract paintings” – her goal in the exhibition is presenting an “honest attempt of one artist to express both the simplicity and the complexity of the world.”

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Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection

Special Collections recently added the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection to our archives. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection was officially unveiled on October 23 at the second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at UNC Asheville.

Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80),  a World War II veteran, was active in  community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville.  His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.