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Greetings from the Zen Crow Studio
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Greetings from the Zen Crow Studio,
 
With the holidays fast approaching, I assume all of us are switching gears and picking up speed to keep up with all the activities associated with this time of year. Here in western North Carolina we are experiencing our annual explosion of colorful leaves throughout the mountains. This year was no exception as the mountain sides displayed a wide range of colors and textures. I realize how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful area of the country. 
 
With all the Fall activities, it is hard to concentrate on making art in the studio. But, alas, it is a major part of my daily routine that I look forward to and even though the warm Indian summer weather shines through the studio skylight I am still able to focus on the wabi-sabi compositions I have come to be known for.  I had a visit by the museum curator at the Turchin Center on the Boone, NC campus of Appalachian State University this past week. We discussed my upcoming show and she got a chance to get a sneak preview of several new paintings that will be showcased in the exhibition this coming Spring. I have also been invited to have a gallery talk during the time my paintings are on view. More to follow on the date and time specifics in a future newsletter. 
 
With all the studio work scheduled this Fall between new paintings for several galleries as well as new work for my Spring museum show, not to mention maintaining an inventory of work, my wife and I and our dog Ellie still had time to escape to the beaches of South Carolina for a week. We had a relaxing stay at Folly Beach with an artist friend and her dog. The weather graced us with beautiful warm temperatures and clear blue skies. We even had time to visit the historical Southern city of Charleston which is situated just north of the beach. We stayed in a very unconventional beach home; a contemporary three story steel, wood  and glass home owned by two local artists. It was definitely an interesting change from the typical beach cottage.
Later this month my wife is treating me to a few days visit to Williamsburg, VA, a place we visited many times over the Thanksgiving holiday while living in south-central Pennsylvania. I miss the fragrant aroma of burning applewood and hot cider along the Duke of Gloucester Street. I can't wait to experience the entire historical scene once again. This time though we will be there to celebrate my November birthday. Thanks, honey. 
 
My paintings made their way recently into the international Buddhist magazine "Inquiring Minds". My works were used to illustrate several articles. 
 
My show at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville was very successful and several of my paintings are now hanging on the walls at Grovewood Cafe next door to the gallery. 
I am currently seeking new representation in several areas of the country that I have always wanted to explore - New England, the Northern Great Lakes region, and the Northern Rockies. Hopefully I will be successful in securing at least one new gallery in one of these three areas. It would be exciting to have my Zen inspired work seen by a whole new group of collectors. 
 
As always you are invited to visit my studio when you are in the Black Mountain/Asheville, NC area. Just call ahead. Here is one of my most recent paintings, "Crow Spirit", 24" x 24". 
"Crow Spirit", 24" x 24"
Have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas season. See you next year!
 
Thanks for enjoying my work and supporting my career. Don't forget, visit my website. Just about any image you see there can be made into an affordable Giclee print as a gift this Christmas season or anytime. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Brad Stroman
 
Zen Crow Studio
5 Sandy Branch
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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