IN THE LOBBY
About the Lobby Gallery
The Asheville Community Theatre Lobby Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday from 10-4 and one hour
before curtain on show days. We are excited to showcase an array of works by local artists.
For more information about future exhibits or having your work exhibited contact Sara LeDonne.
Paintings by Costanza Knight
Costanza Knight’s paintings are contemporary expressions of the figure and the landscape. She paints in watercolor, acrylics, and collage, and does monotypes. Although the content may differ, all her work has one theme in common, that of transcendence. Knight lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Her work is held in private and university collections throughout the country.
I want to create beautiful paintings for people to walk into. I do not want to tell the whole story. I want each person to have their own experience. I enjoy watching people enter my pieces and perhaps tell me what they have found there. They may find something different than I intended the day I painted the work.
My inspiration comes from many sources. Studying art and art history in Florence, Italy, at age 19, opened my mind up to the other ways of seeing and being. Having a first career as a speech and language pathologist allowed me to observe people expressing the human experience. Studying with Tucker Cooke in Asheville, NC, instilled an awe of the human figure and an ability to put that awe into form. Studying with Alex Powers in Myrtle Beach, SC, showed me a way to harness the passion I feel when I paint. A final and most important source of inspiration is taking walks through the mountains that are near to my home.
I work primarily in acrylics and watercolor and with that I create paintings and painted monotypes. I like the transparency created by watercolor and thin layers of acrylics. I also love paper and what the paint does on its rich absorbent surface. Recently I have been creating painted box environments. The multi-layered affect that I can achieve with all these materials is in concert with the liminal state that I want to paint about. A “space in between” is called forth which can lead to new perspectives. It is this state between waking and dreaming that has brought grace into my life. I would like to pass this on to others. In the process of creating, a private understanding is made communal.