If you’ve passed through downtown Asheboro in the last short while, you’ve probably noticed some incredible murals downtown. These wonderful creations were brought to life by the skillful hand of resident artist Susan Harrell. She recently opened her own studio gallery here in Asheboro, and I was lucky enough to be part of the crowd that join Susan in celebrating the grand opening.
Having appreciated her mural work, I was ready to be wowed by what waited behind the door. Cameras in hand, I crept into the intimately lit gallery and instantly found myself in awe of her work. The gallery has a wonderful flow and energy that matches her work perfectly. It welcomes you, puts you at ease, and allows you to focus on the works of art being presented.
The fact that the gallery is also her studio allows the public a brief look into current works in progress, personal pieces of inspiration, and the tools of the trade. While not in the forefront, her brushes, another canvass, and pieces of memorabilia were scattered carefully throughout the space.
The Four Saints Brewing Company, Randolph County’s first brewery, was on hand to help celebrate the grand opening and provide some of their hand-crafted beers to the crowds in attendance. In addition to the fine beverage selction, the event was catered and everyone seemed to gravitate towards the beautifully appointed center table for friendly conversation or hors d’oeuvres.
The grand opening for the Susan Harrell Studio Gallery was a resounding success. As the evening progressed, Susan made a point to reach out to those that had joined her for this special occasion… and not once was she spotted without a glowing smile.
At some point during the opening, a memento was left on Susan’s desk. Being a child of the 80’s, I was immediately drawn in and wanted to capture this moment.
For those of you that may be traveling near Asheboro, if you’ve seen her murals and want to see more of her work, Susan’s Gallery is located at 375 South Fayetteville Street in Asheboro, North Carolina. Check out her website or Facebook page for more information.