05 September 2010

Mendonsa's Paradise Lost opens Saturday, Sept 11 during Gallery Hop

Please join us for our new exhibition opening day featuring the photographic work of Asher Mendonsa in an exhibit titled "Paradise Lost". The Gallery fronts Mendonsa's studio and this show will feature works created this year in the studio and around the Chattanooga area.

Part of the Annual Gallery Hop!
opening reception Saturday, September 11, 2010

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See you Saturday for another great weekend in St. Elmo!

10 July 2010

now on view at asher love

detail of wall in alley of urban decay.
by sour one
now showing thru August 2010

07 July 2010

Keeping It Alive Opens Saturday, July 10

Check out The Pulse Magazine's  COVER STORY! featuring Sour One and The Asher Love Studio + Gallery.

27 May 2010

POWER\plants on view thru June 27

an opening night artist reception for Michael Jenkins will be held on Saturday, June 5th from 6pm - 9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The Asher Love Studio + Gallery presents “POWER\plants”, a series of oil paintings by self-taught Chattanooga artist, Michael Jenkins. This body of work, all painted on reclaimed wood combining oil paints, acrylic and spray paints, consists of imagery that forces the perspective between manmade power/energy production and its relationship to the natural environment. There are factories, nuclear plants, power poles and trees. Even the exhibition’s title is a comment on this relationship/lordship in a struggle for dominance.  An opening night reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 5th from 6:00pm-9pm. The event is free and open to the public. The Asher Love Gallery is located in the newly revitalized business district of downtown St. Elmo directly behind Pasha's Coffee House and Blacksmith's Bistro at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday 1-7pm, Saturdays 11-6 and Sundays 12noon-5pm.

contact the gallery via email at asherlovegallery@gmail.com.

a b o u t   t h e   ar t i s t

Jenkins was born in Mississippi, grew up in Alabama, and moved to Chattanooga 10 years ago. He is self-taught having received no formal training. His inspiration comes from gritty graffiti and museum works of fine art. Jenkins paints with most all types of paints, but oil is preferred. His current work is a mixture of oil, acrylic and spray paint with a focus on oil. His work has shown at many popular venues and art festivals in Chattanooga and Atlanta.

23 May 2010

Gallery's first internet broadcast. featuring Daniel Liam Gill

click the link to watch a live painting demonstration that took place on Sunday, May 23rd.
Daniel, along with his model, Kate, and a roomful of artists and many others watched the creation of  a new oil painting. Started and completed in three hours, the painting was sold immediately following the demonstration. Gill is also auctioning a pastel sketch he did in preparation for the live session. Bidding ends Friday, May 28th.

10 May 2010

Painting Demonstration + Auction with Daniel Gill

The Asher Love Studio + Gallery presents “Seeds,” a series of abstract paintings by Daniel Liam Gill. In conjunction with the art exhibit, which opened May 1st and runs thru May 30th, the artist will present a painting demonstration in the gallery during the exhibition on Sunday, May 23rd from 2pm-5pm. The session will last for three hours, where Gill will create an oil sketch from a clothed model reclining on the gallery's red leather sofa. This will be a one of a kind piece and no prints will be made from the original. The artwork will measure 14” x 18” on wood and will be auctioned to the show attendees only. You must be present during the painting demonstration session to purchase the piece. This is a rare and unique opportunity for art collectors to price and acquire an original work of art directly from an artist. It is also a chance to see the deep and diverse talents of Gill, whose beautiful Seeds exhibition of abstract paintings is drastically different from his talents as a figurative painter. There is no admission fee and the event is open to the public. For more information please contact the gallery at 423-822-0289.

this is the style of sketch and painting that Daniel will be demonstrating during the May 23rd session. 

07 May 2010


Sunday May 23rd
A special event with artist Daniel Liam Gill will take place at the Asher Love Gallery during the S e e d s exhibit. More information coming soon!

26 April 2010

in MAY ::: "Seeds" by Daniel Liam Gill

"Organelle" by Daniel Liam Gill
acrylic and colored pencil on wood
12" x 24"

o p e n i n g    n i g h t    s a t u r d a y   m a y   1st 

......come join us for the opening night reception of "Seeds" at the Asher Love Gallery in St. Elmo, Saturday, May 1 from 6pm - 9pm.We are located in the center of the revitalized st elmo biz district, right behind Blacksmith's Bistro and  Pasha's Coffee and Tea . 3914 St Elmo Avenue 423-822-0289

a r t i s t   s t a t e m e n t

My work explores the connection between the artist and the viewer, the energy exchanged between the two.
It's about emotional response, tactile, visceral, abstract, created with a limited color palette, mixing the colors on the surface. It's as much a conversation as a picture, a snapshot of emotion, a thread running between the observer and the observed.

a b o u t   t h e    a r t i s t

Daniel  Liam Gill relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee from Portland, Oregon through the ArtsMove grant. He is currently working on the series' Connective Tissue<> and Seeds.
Daniel was born in American Falls, Idaho in the fall of 1961. He spent his formative years in the American South as an illustrator,  graphic designer and art director. Daniel taught illustration design at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia and illustration at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. He co-founded The Illustrators’ Jam with PNCA and Raw Visceralia, an art experience.
Daniel studied pastels with Lee Bomhoff , an Atlanta artist.

He honed his figure drawing skills in Portland, Oregon, creating hundreds of works over several years. Daniel graduated to oils in 2006 and started the series Connective Tissue in 2007.

22 April 2010

Final Weekend for "Faces and Things"

In case you have not already seen the painting exhibit at Asher Love Studio + Gallery this month, you still have a few more days. Mike Holsomback's "Faces and Things" will close on Sunday, April 25th. Please include us in your weekend plans and come see the work of a very talent local artist. His paintings have been featured in the critically acclaimed "New American Paintings" magazine; he teaches art and painting at Chat State; this show and artist have been supported in part by a grant from Create Here; and three paintings sold in the first week after opening!

Come see why.....

30 March 2010

Mike Holsomback "Faces and Things" Opens Friday 4/2

opening night reception friday, april 2 5pm - 8pm

 a b o u t    t h i s   e x h i b i t
“Myths are stories of our search through the ages for truth, for meaning, for significance. We all need to tell our story and to understand our story...and we all need help in our passage from birth to life and then to death. We need for life to signify, to touch the eternal, to understand the mysterious, to find out who we are.” Bill Moyers here speaks of our birth to death search for personal identity and the help we all need to find that identity. We are born into; raised within; guided toward; pushed toward personal and cultural identities which may remain with us for our entire lives. They become part of the story of our lives, and then the myths which we each create for ourselves, complicates the narrative further. The subjective modern myth and the search for personal identity within 21st century are the themes I will explore further in this new series of paintings. The works in this series were made possible in part by a grant from Create|Here.

a b o u t    t h e    a r t i s t

Holsomback is a well-known artist and art department faculty member at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While being the primary painting instructor at Chattanooga State, Mr. Holsomback is also a productive painter himself, having a considerable regional and national exhibition record.  His work has been selected for exhibitions in such venues as: the San Diego Art Institute, the University of Mobile, the Stage Gallery in Merrick, NY, the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, AL, and Nassau College in Nassau, NY. Mr. Holsomback’s paintings and collages are found in the holdings of numerous private, corporate and government collections, including most notably, the corporate law offices of King and Spalding of Atlanta, GA, and the Park Avenue offices of Dr. Jacqueline Dryfoos of New York, NY. He continues to live in north Georgia with his wife and a houseful of rescued cats and dogs, teaching, painting and observing the changing world around him.

Born in rural north Georgia in 1961, Michael Holsomback is the self described son of a son of a white sharecropper, as his father’s parents lived in a string of depression era sharecropper shacks. The fields may have been segregated but the poverty was colorblind. It is through his own veil of poverty, and the illnesses which arise within it, that Holsomback has sharpened his vision as a painter. He has seen and participated in the long and often painful journey of southern cultural evolution.  Holsomback’s passion for art developed early, fostered by the sacrifice and support of his parents, he earned a MFA degree in painting in 1989, and began his teaching career shortly thereafter. 

25 March 2010

Closing Reception for 'Eye of The Beholder' is Sat27th

This is the final weekend of Paul Fontana's wonderful collection of eyes and stories. A peculiar assortment of characters from Paul's personal photography of world travels, art markets and public places in-between. Images were transferred on to wood and canvas, some pigment-enhanced before or after printing/transferring., creating a collection as unique as the eyes in each piece.

"Eye of The Beholder" has been a wonderful success for Paul and the gallery. Come celebrate with us on Saturday evening from 6pm-8pm.

09 March 2010

Paul Fontana's Eye Of The Beholder thru March 28th


I see opportunities for photographs constantly.  The minutia of daily life are filled light and shadow, textures and color or the lack of it.

I've often wished for a bionic eye, which would photograph what i'm seeing with a single blink.  My interest in taking pictures of eyes began with photographing my own.  I took part in a photo project called 365 days, in which I had to take a self portrait every day for a year.  Often, the reflection of my own eye was the subject of the daily shot.  The project increased my interest in many aspects of the human face, but none as much as the eye.
I began experimenting with photographic image transfers onto wood after reading online about the transfer properties of acrylic gel media.  Getting a consistently professional outcome proved to be a challenge, but after many trials and errors, I can usually count on being successful with most attempts.  What intrigued me about the process, was that after the paper backing of the photograph was removed, the remaining image layer was so thin as to allow the grain of the wood to show through and become part of the original image.  Though much of the in-between work is repetitious and tedious, the preparing of the photograph and the finished product are most rewarding.


Paul Fontana was born in New York City and lived there until his teen years. He made his way to 23 acres of wooded heaven in Cohutta, Georgia by way south Florida.

He honed his photographic skills as a U.S.N. Photographer’s Mate aboard 2 different aircraft carriers, photographing mostly mundane images of shipboard life with the occasional significantly important events: the Gemini-V recovery being the most notable.

Many decades passed before Paul’s love of photography would give way to painting. After retiring from teaching he has the luxury of balancing his time between the two.


Eye of the Beholder consists of image transfers on wood or canvas.  A combination of digital art and straightforward photography is arranged to focus, so to speak, on that most miraculous organ, the eye.  The show is composed of small, single pieces or multiple arrangements on wood and canvas pulled over stretcher bars or blocks of wood and, at times, burnished with acrylic pigment, which adds additional texture.

25 February 2010

showing at asher love gallery march 4 thru march 30

24 February 2010


....in this short week between our last exhibit and the new March exhibit the Asher Love Gallery will not be open. Installation of Paul Fontana's "Eye Of The Beholder" begins next week and opening night is Thursday, March 5th at 5:30pm. Please come out for this. Make plans to begin or continue your evening at Blacksmiths with one of Kelly's devilishly delicate cocktails. Or kick it up a notch with a dirty chai at Pasha's. The combo sounds like Paul, anyway: intensely chill. 

18 February 2010

fyi thru sunday

coming up in March is an exciting new show featuring Paul Fontana. The opening night will be Thursday, March 4th and we'll be hanging the work next week. Meanwhile, for your pleasure, we have decided to keep the remaining breast paintings on view until then, and remind all that they are now available for purchase-by-donation (to the local team walking in the 2010 Susan G Komen 3day Walk For A Cure in Atlanta), thru Sunday afternoon.

15 February 2010

Auction Tonight

The Breast as Brush Exhibit is about healing and dignity, modesty and bravery. Please don't miss it or the chance to support a positive self image for breast cancer survivors.

The silent auction begins and 6pm tonight and continues til 8pm. Please be our guest for a wine reception while you view the nearly 100 individual works of art available for purchase.

Opening bids are only $25.

Please see the image bank below for a sneak peak at this unusual and bold show.

Congratulations to the women who participated in the creation of these works for auction. The Asher Love Gallery Salutes you!

04 February 2010

Hello! We have just finished installing the nearly 100 works on paper for the Breast as Brush show. Early bidding begins tomorrow at Asher Love Gallery and continues during the brief two week preview until the final bidding night and auction reception taking place Monday, February 15th from 6-8pm. The works are surprisingly beautiful and subtle. Please plan to come to view this unique and graceful collection. Thank you for your interest and for any help you can provide in getting the word out for a successful fundraiser!!

Mary Barnett

01 February 2010

Breast as Brush Preview opens Thurs Feb4

Monday, February 1, 2010 (Chattanooga, TN) - The Asher Love Studio + Gallery will be showing nearly 100 individual works on paper during the BREAST AS BRUSH special exhibit event this month. All works will be sold during a silent auction and can be previewed beginning this Thursday, February 4th. The auction preview will continue during regular gallery hours through February 14th and culminate in a silent auction and reception on Monday, February 15th from 6pm-8pm.

In order to bring about a more holistic view of self, breast cancer survivors were invited to participate in a painting experience.  The Body as Brush group held painting sessions at the Rivoli Art Mill in November, December and January to provide an aesthetic challenge towards seeing form connected to beauty through color. The resulting paintings are the work of these survivors and their friends. The Breast as Brush exhibition is the collection of these works of art on paper and canvas to be sold at a silent auction in support of the local team participating in the Susan G. Komen Foundation 3 Day-For A Cure event taking place in Atlanta on October 22-24th.  This exhibit event is the group's first fundraiser of the year and they will receive 100% of the proceeds.

Bid cards will be available at the gallery during the two preview weeks and all are encouraged to submit early bids prior to auction night. On auction night on the 15th, the silent bidding will continue with most minimum bids opening at $25. In addition to the works on paper, two sculpture installations will also be sold at auction. The two sculptures, titled "Ravaged" and "Ravishing", are made of aluminum and surface-treated with fire and burnt paint. Aluminum ribbons are swirled around one another in each 7'H x 3'W freestanding piece. The elegant shapes of the ribbon forms are texturized by the harsh surface treatments to represent the ugliness of cancer against the beauty of the female form.

Check card, credit cards, checks and cash will all be processed the evening of the auction and receipts generated directly from the Susan G. Komen website. The Asher Love Gallery is open Thursday thru Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12noon - 4pm and is located at 3914 St. Elmo Avenue in the heart of the revitalized St. Elmo business district directly behind Pasha's Coffee House and Blacksmiths Bistro.

Special gallery hours will be extended on the night of the Auction. The event is free and open to the public. In the name of love this Valentine's weekend, come to the Breast as Brush exhibit auction and reception on Monday, February 15th from 6pm-8pm at Asher Love Gallery to support a positive self-image and the fight against breast cancer. 

21 January 2010

Breast as Brush Auction is February 15th

Monday, February 15th  6pm-8pm

February 4-7   +  February 11-14

09 January 2010


re: Solution

Farm Field by Shane Darwent
Western Colorado 

"The picture is of a vast farm field in Western Colorado, an image I made this summer while on a cross country bicycle ride with my girlfriend.  This trip marked the mid point of a year of nomadic rambles for us.  We lived pretty much rent free this year and have been coast to coast twice with a couple of trips to the Gulf thrown in.  We have been looking forward to settling down in a town for some time now and it feels really good to be somewhere and begin to be a part of the community.  The vast field then, represents our unknown future in Chattanooga and the empty rows represent the potential for anything to grow.  We are both looking to be vendors at the farmers market this year so that might be a literal interpretation of our hopes for the new year."

08 January 2010

new year - no fear

Guess what? We've decided that our little gallery will also show the works of painters and other artists working beyond the photographic and video arts. Our devotion and passion for photography and digital media is still paramount and we hope to be showing many revolutionaries and underground artists in those mediums this year. Including completely new work coming straight outta the Asher Love Studio. More news coming soon. Meanwhile - here is an original painting by Asher Mendonsa in the Studio Gallery. Also showing: "Flight Of The Pink Robot" video short.

05 January 2010

status: 1st submission for re:Solution received. unique Art event at the gallery in feb is coooool. stay tuned. Paul Fontana solo in March. September Gallery Hop Artist TBA!!! Asher says: painters too!

04 January 2010


we make resolutions because we believe in this ritual-as-solution to kickstarting a new resolve in one direction or another for one reason or another.  some people say 'eh, i don't make resolutions,' with a dismissive tone and detachment not unlike those who call New Year's Eve, (or st. patrick's day), "amateur night" for partiers. Resolutions on January 1 are for some, lip service to self reflection.  After all, are we not flowing and growing all year? But for those of us who need an anchor like a new year to refresh our reasons for rebooting our resolve, we announce the next rolling exhibit at Asher Love Gallery.

We ask: Can your resolution be photographed? If the answer is Yes! please send a jpg of it to asherlovegallery@gmail.com .  We're gathering the looksee @ the community's resolutions - well the community of resolutionmakers' - . Maybe its a photograph of your last pack of smokes, or new running shoes or paint brushes, or something else that represents an open heart. Make it casual or deep just turn it in quick with a couple lines about what your photo represents. Say as much as you wish. We'll take care of the rest.

good luck.


02 January 2010

don't be shy. show what you got at asher love gallery.