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Exhibit Opening Reception
Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6PM

The Junction
348 Depot Street / Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 225-3497 /

Cleaster Cotton, Contemporary Primal Artist
(828) 367-7708 /


Art is my journey to freedom. I love the powerful healing qualities of art and the way it embraces and joins people across the planet like global glue. Art nurtures children to grow into creative, productive, well-adjusted adults and grows adults into innocent children with uncharted imaginations.

CLEASTER COTTON: On The Topic Of Color… is a collection of contemporary primal acrylic paintings. Each tells a story in its abundant symbolism.

While viewing a painting, move around and look at it from different perspectives and in different lighting. Layers of colors will move from the background to the foreground, and mid-range colors will suddenly pop. The texture (or as I call it… the under-painting) affords another visual aspect for conversation. The paintings reveal an unusual variety of color combinations. And, it appears as if one painting is layered on top of another. This effect is done by my signature technique in color combination, color application, and the use of texture, layers of paint, and glazes.

Art, a wonderful vehicle of communication, has been a high form of storytelling and record-keeping through the ages. It is my hope that this exhibit will foster communication and some degree of healing between the colors/races.

I invite you to consider color… how colors relate to and interact with each other on the surfaces of my printings, within our relationships, in our local communities, and our global societies. I am grateful for this opportunity to present a creative platform by which to consider and discuss the topic of color in Asheville, North Carolina.

~ Cleaster Cotton, June 2013

'Cleaster Cotton is a dynamic and visionary artist.’ ~ Randy Shull & Hedy Fischer
Artists, Entrepreneurs, Activists, Owners ~ Pink Dog Creative
Asheville, North Carolina USA (2011)