The art gallery showcasing the most incredibly talented artists of Asheville, North Carolina ....the Blue Ridge Mountains ....along side of works by artists from afar ....all over the world.
3 Swan St,
Historic Biltmore Village
Asheville, NC 28803
MY JOURNEY into the world of integrative health and the healing arts has been an unfolding of many experiences and magical occurrences throughout my childhood. I spent most of my time in nature and was blessed to have beautiful female role models who sparked my imagination through their own vision path.
One of my grandmothers followed a spiritual path which included a practice of healing prayer and yoga, while the other was an amazing cook and loved to sing. My high school best friend’s mother was a pioneer of adventure who was a practicing nurse in a time when it was not that common for women to be independent. As my curiosity grew about the nature of reality, consciousness and well being, I was guided to become a yoga teacher, massage therapist and energy worker in private practice for over 25 years in Chicago.
Discovering The Quetico
It was after a life changing experience during the summer of my freshman year in high school, I was inspired by the passion of wilderness preservationist, Charlie Ericksen. I had received a scholarship to canoe the crystal clear waters of Quetico Provincial Park in Atikokan, Ontario and Charlie was my first canoe mate.
Charlie dedicated his life to ecological education through wilderness experience from an island on Nym Lake, with his wolf mix sidekick Lobo. The curriculum is called The Voyageur Wilderness Programme and still runs today. My maiden experience there was so profound that I later decided to attend Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, which was a short distance from the Minnesota border where you could easily enter the Quetico. I spent many memorable summers portaging those waters with kindred spirits who followed the call to reconnect to that sacred land.
On the Shining Big-Sea-Water
As I became a part of a extended family of artists and environmental activists, a dream formed to build a log cabin and become self sufficient. Eventually I lived off grid and worked co-creatively to construct homes, produce historical multi-media projects and sustainable businesses in Bayfield, WI on the shores of Gitche Gumee, so aptly named by the Ojibwe people at the time Longfellow wrote his poem about Lake Superior.
Sacred Plant Medicine
Years later, while living in the canyons of Malibu, and working as an events producer, I experienced, what I now know was, a spontaneous shamanic journey through my energetic connection to an ancient cactus. It was a transmission of full recall as a medicine woman on that land in a lifetime before. My perception of reality had powerfully shifted and I was deeply moved by this direct revelation. Within a few days, I was gifted with a book about the shamanic journey opening a new door to an amazing spiritual path.
This experience led to the meeting of my first of many shamanic teachers, Sandra Ingerman and her teacher, anthropologist Michael Harner, the founder of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. I have since trained with Hank Wesselman, Alberto Villoldo, Theo Peredes, Dr. Hu Len, Malidoma Some and Aama Bombo, along other native shaman in Peru, Ecuador, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nepal, Bali, and Thailand. A founding member of The Center for Shamanic Healingin the bay area of California, I now reside in Asheville, NC.
Artist, Elizabeth Foley is an advocate for creativity. She is a painter, poet, and creativity coach. She is passionate about helping women discover their inner creative spirit. Elizabeth believes through creativity everyone can experience joy, fulfilment and inspiration in life. She strives to help women bring creativity into their lives and develop a consistent practice.
After suffering from a 10-year creative block, Elizabeth has gained an array of tools the can help anyone overcome even the deepest creative block. Elizabeth helps busy, blocked and uninspired women create works of art to be proud of.
If you have ever questioned whether you are creative or don’t believe you can draw – PERFECT! After a lifetime of identifying as an artist, Elizabeth is still questioning her ability to draw. Luckily, no drawing skills are required. Elizabeth knows creativity lives within all of us and she can guide you to finding your inner creative being.
Elizabeth loves to get her hands dirty – whether it’s clay, paint, tending her garden or a fire. If she isn’t in her studio you will find her climbing a mountain, relaxing in a hammock or on an adventure around the world. Elizabeth loves her son, nature, ecstatic dancing, challenging herself and helping women find their confidence and joy through creativity.
Some people see a glass half full, others see half empty. I tend to be thankful there's a glass with something to drink. I was born in Florida, and stayed there until I was 26. Seeking better opportunities, I moved to the Boston area in 1997. I worked at printing presses in production roles that also gave me numerous graphic design opportunities for our clients. While in Massachusetts I was also a DJ and electronic music artist from 2001-2015. An accident in late 2014 made it difficult for me to continue both pursuits. I took up painting initially as therapy- it eventually became my main creative outlet in late 2015. For my DJ'ing and music production I'd used the pseudonym JonQPublik as my artist name-- When I started selling art, it just seemed natural that I continue signing my work as such. Typically, my paintings have a distinct focus on texture. Multiple layers of paints, inks and mediums build off the canvas. I encourage people to get up close to each painting... just let yourself fall in! There's so much to see! There are colors, patterns, and microtextures in use that you don't see until you're inches from the surface. I hope you enjoy them- I hope you find them entrancing and meditative.