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 James S. Bagley and Sharon Sandel


About the Artists

Artist James S. BagleyJames S. Bagley is a retired electronics engineering manager who discovered the joy of painting in the early seventies. He began using oil pastels and later acrylic paint to create his first works. He has specialized in watercolors since 2000 because they are so subtle, challenging and rewarding. They are a joy to create!

Born in Massachusetts, Jim lived much of his life in Colorado where he studied at the Art Students League of Denver and was a founding member of the Parker Artists Guild. He migrated to Asheville in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in 2003.

While many artists have a social message or purpose in their artwork, Jim’s objective is simply to create things of beauty. He loves creating landscape (mostly mountains and deserts), seascape, abstract and still life paintings.




Sharon SandelSharon Sandel is a native Floridian from Jacksonville. She graduated from the University of Florida before going on to teach for several years. After she decided to go down a different road, she entered the real estate field as a residential real estate appraiser where she worked for 24 years.

During all her years of working, Sharon took painting classes, intent on pursuing her passion in life. At this time, she lives in Weaverville, NC. Sharon has spent her summers in Weaverville for some time, but also previously owned property in Vero Beach, FL, where she would spend her winter months. Living in two distinct environments affects the content of her work, but her love of the play of light on water or scenery is always reflected in her pieces.

Sharon works in traditional oil, acrylic, and watercolor mediums, but she also loves exploring new ways of using these materials.