The Arrowhead Gallery in Old Fort has a featured artist for February and is introducing a new one.

Lorelle Bacon is the gallery’s featured artist for the month of February. Bacon is a largely self-taught artist whose art work is spread around the world hanging in private and business collections. She has won numerous awards in juried shows for her work. She is primarily known as a portrait artist though when any subject touches her heart, she loves to capture it on canvas. She paints from miniatures to large canvas pieces and enjoys working on commissioned portraits of people and pets too, according to a news release.

In addition, she is a teacher. She has been nominated four times for “Arts Educator of the Year.” As an art instructor for 25 years, she says “I love nothing better than to see when a student finds that they can do things they never thought they could.”

She works in most two-dimensional mediums so she can help students in whatever they would like to learn. She has been an instructor at 310 Art in Asheville’s River Arts District for nine years and at Arrowhead Gallery in Old Fort for six years. Each year, she travels to Naples Fla., Lake Toxaway and West Jefferson and other locations to teach.

Two years ago, she was introduced to metal clay by Cathy Green and fell in love with this interesting medium. The silver, copper, bronze and brass clay when they are fired becomes a metal. Then a year ago, she took a wire wrapping class with Nadine Fidelman and found she enjoys that as well. Since then, she has been taking many workshops at William Holland Lapidary School in Georgia. Both 310 Art and Arrowhead Gallery now carry her jewelry as well as her paintings. She is pleasantly surprised that in both these venues as well as crafts shows people really like and purchase her creations.

Her work can be seen at 310 Art in Asheville and Arrowhead Gallery in Old Fort. You may see more of her work on her website.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, a reception honoring Lorelle Bacon and her work will be held at the Arrowhead Gallery, located at 68C Catawba Ave. in Old Fort. She will answer your questions and tell you stories about her artwork and jewelry.

In addition, the Arrowhead Gallery is welcoming photographer Ron Morecraft as the newest member.

Throughout Morecroft’s 30 years as a special effects photographer, clients sought him out for his ability to transcend the ordinary photograph. A graduate of Newark School of Fine Arts in New Jersey, as well as the Academies of Fine Art in Milan and Rome, he had a studio in New York City for more than 19 years, creating photo illustrations for innumerable clients ranging from CBS Records to Revlon.

His interest in “making a picture, not taking a picture” led to an early interest in computer technology in 1984. He has lived in Asheville for the past 16 years and combines his love for digital painting with his fine art photography. His fine arts are in private collections all over the United States, according to the news release.

The Arrowhead Gallery is proud to add Ron Morecroft to the other talented artists. You may see his work at the gallery at 68C Catawba Ave. in Old Fort.

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