Monday, March 28, 2011

Cindy Walton is Featured Artist at Asheville Gallery of Art

Fine artist Cindy Walton evolves an ethereal, emergent style in a series of abstraction and cold wax paintings evoking a timeless pathos and elegant sensibility

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Cindy Walton, fine artist, may be known for bold, emotive impressions and sweeping, color-carved landscapes, but reveals yet another layer of talent and meaning in a new series of finely executed abstraction and cold wax paintings with unsurpassed elegance and intricate detail.

Walton's "Red in the Morning," 2011
Walton is the featured artist at Asheville Gallery of Art from April 1-30, 2011. An opening reception in her honor will be Friday, April 1, from 5-8 p.m.

Within the past year, Walton’s introduction of the cold wax medium - consisting of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte, layered texture - into her repertoire as an artist and instructor has generated a furor of interest among discerning collectors and experts. The first public showing of Walton’s work in this medium debuted in September 2010 at the Cotton Mills Studios, where she was a guest artist. In the six month interim, the demand for Walton’s works has increased, and her technique workshops for artists have sold out.

Inspiration and method evolve the creation of an original piece.

“These paintings are small format, intimate, jewel-like treasures,” says Walton.

The technique is ancient in origin, and can be traced to early civilizations as a fine art application. Often confused with encaustic wax painting, cold wax mediums are not heated to produce the delicately textured effect, but instead are applied with knives or other tools and layered for unique visual appeal.

“The detail is really exquisite. This medium gives a three-dimensional quality to a two-dimensional surface,” she explains. “It’s very interesting to see.”

Fine Artist Cindy Walton
Attend "Abstraction and Cold Wax," and meet featured artist Cindy Walton at Asheville Gallery of Art at the Opening Reception Friday, April 1, from 5-8 p.m., at 16 College Street, Asheville. The exhibit will be displayed in the gallery from April 1-30, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

For more information on Cindy Walton, fine artist, see her web site at, email her directly at, or call for a private studio visit at (828) 251-1499.

Sherri L. McLendon is a freelance writer in Weaverville. She can be reached at

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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Water Corner Opens on Fairview Road

Matthew Westerman has opened up a space on Fairview Rd. where people can learn the benefits of restructured water. Restructuring water separates it into two parts; one is more acidic, giving it antibacterial properties, making it good for things like cleaning and sterilizing surfaces without harsh chemicals. The other part is more alkaline and provides important antioxidant properties when you drink it.

Matthew offers free demonstrations at The Water Corner Monday through Friday between 3:30 and 7:00 pm. In just a few minutes, he'll explain the benefits of restructured water and show you exactly how it works. Here's a little bit of what Matthew has to say about the water:

"This water is micro-clustered(allowing greater absorption of minerals and oxygen and increase in the rate of 'acidic waste' being removed from the body). It is high in bio available alkaline minerals(which aid our bodies' ability to perform numerous biological functions) and has a high concentration of much needed anti-oxidants in the form of "free" electrons. I have always sought a simple method of giving my body what it needs to stay healthy and fight disease and when I found this, I tried it,and knew that I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. So I opened The Water Corner. I am now 38 and feeling younger everyday. The first thing I noticed was relief from early carpal tunnel and then more energy and clarity.

At The Water Corner we share water and information about the properties of other water people are drinking everyday and a little bit about how our bodies work.
This technology originated in Japanese hospitals in 1974 and has finally made it's way to the US .Millions of people around the world have been enjoying the benefits of drinking Alkaline Ionized Water and now you can too."

In addition to offering demonstrations and information, The Water Corner offers a water club, allowing you to come by and purchase water for use at home or in your office. Every month some of the proceeds from the sale of the water go to a different charity; stop by this month and you'll be helping out Helpmate, a local organization that offers services to abused women and their families.

On a more personal note, I'm a skeptic about almost everything, but it's hard to argue with the evidence I've seen and the clear, concise information Matthew offered when I visited the store. The water is worth drinking for flavor if nothing else; it has a crisp, clean taste, like something out of a high mountain spring.

The Water Corner is located at 802 Fairview Rd in Asheville, right next to the Bikram Yoga Studio across from the Bi-Lo shopping center. Visit Matthew's web site at, give him a call at (828) 335-1225 or email him at for more information or if you have any questions.

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