Megan Hartman isn’t a precise artist. “I am not slow and exact or tedious with detail,” the Mills River creative quips. Fortunately, her medium of choice — alcohol ink — doesn’t require unwavering focus. Rather, this material simply calls for a willingness to break the rules. “Alcohol inks have a mind of their own; I must let go and follow. I try not to be restrained by my brain,” Hartman explains. Her work ranges from abstract splashes of bright, bold color to impressionist scenes of winter lakes and Blue Ridge sunrises. “I tend to be wild and untamed with my creations,” says Hartman, who will show her work at the 64th Annual Art on Main event in late September. Hosted by the Arts Council of Henderson County, this year’s show will see 105 artists from as far away as Colorado. This represents a 25 percent increase from last year, says Eric Kerchner, executive director of the Arts Council. “We look for a good mixture of artisans, a mixture of price points, and the excitement their work can bring to our event,” he says. To infuse this year’s bazaar with even more “energy and vision,” Kerchner worked hand-in-hand with Blue Ridge Community College student Hanna Thompson during the planning process. “I want to make Art on Main something that highlights the artists, the local businesses, and the town itself,” she tells Asheville Made.
September 23-24, 10am-5pm
Downtown Hendersonville / acofhc.org