Two of my favorite Asheville photographers open exhibits Friday: Bellemare at Izzy’s, Zen at Ananda West


I really love the photography of both Anthony Bellemare and Zen Sutherland. I’ve been following them for years, consider them friends, and am inspired by their work. Both are opening exhibits on Friday, Aug. 3. Check them out.

From Zen:

I’m having a reception of my photo show at the Ananda West Hair Salon down at the River Arts District tomorrow at 7pm (It’s next to the Wedge Brewery on the back side of the Wedge Arts building on Roberts Street. Some wine and finger food – come by and say “Hi!” (And no, they’re not all photos of me!)

And here’s a bit about Anthony, whose work is up at Izzy’s on Lexington Avenue, from the Mountain Xpress:

Asheville receives no shortage of media and artistic attention for our cultural oddities, art and fashion. But in A Documentary of Sorts, a new photo exhibition opening Friday, Aug. 2, at Izzy’s Coffee Den, distances itself from this type of portrayal. Asheville photographer Anthony Bellemare has instead looked to the peripheries of Asheville’s cultural stratosphere for subjects.

Thirty-eight black and white photographs hang from several cables anchored into the walls. Each work explores and records one of four regional scenes: falconry, kayakers at the Green River Race, the Big Dawg Mud Sling in Burnsville and street-shot portraits.

The works, he says, are subdivided into mini-photo documentaries — each being a study of one particular event, moment or group of individuals living and working in the area.