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October 28, 2022

Gallery Exhibition Featuring the Works of Kate Chassner

The John M. Crawford, Jr. Art Gallery will host a new exhibition, “Overlap,” featuring the artwork of Kate Chassner. Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, November 9th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. to meet the artist. “Overlap” will be displayed in the gallery through December 16, 2022. 

Kate Chassner lives, works, and is raising her two children in Asheville, North Carolina. She attended Florida State University where she earned her BA in Art History in 2007. After spending a few years in New Orleans, she moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains, started a family, and pursued her MFA at Western Carolina University. She is a collage and mixed media artist who has shown work in galleries across the Southeast. As an elementary and middle school art teacher she finds inspiration all around and encourages the joy found in making. Her current work is an exploration of the use of collage to portray ideas of memories and uncanny experiences as a means to create connections and offer space for reflection.

Kate shares the following about the Overlap Exhibition: 
I am curious about the connection we have, as a society, to lost memories and traces of human histories. In my work I am thinking about memory mishaps, when our mind recalls only part of a story, and we are then called to fabricate the rest. My collages are building on something known and creating something that is new, revealing the overlapping stories we all share that have become blurred in this current space it occupies. I am investigating my own memory and stories from my childhood through images and materials I have saved. Allowing for the misplaced pieces to the stories to open new narratives and expand the story. I see these works as a way of signaling that our narratives and histories are multilayered, overlapping, and open for interpretation. Leaning into the idea that our blurry memories are provoking a slippage between the real and unreal.

Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Ms. Casey Arbor via email ([email protected]) or phone 828.254.6345 x 4037.