"Smoky Mangrove" encaustic painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan

LH018: Fleta Monaghan – Abstract painter and owner of 310 ART in Asheville

"City Rhythms" original oil painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
“City Rhythms” 48×36″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan

When I think about Fleta Monaghan’s interview, the word “evolving” keeps coming to mind.    Fleta talks about giving herself freedom for her work to evolve rather than remaining fixed in one style.  She is a painter presently working in oils and encaustics in an abstracted manner, referencing the natural world.

As owner of 310 Art, an art gallery and art school for adult learners in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC,  Fleta shares how her business has also evolved, growing to meet the needs of the vibrant artist community she has nurtured in the space.  The community includes resident artists, gallery artists, students, and teachers.

To connect with Fleta and see more of her work:

Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Fleta’s explanation of how she approaches painting abstractly
  • why becoming mother to a daughter influenced Fleta to focus on her art career, even choosing jobs which allowed her to learn skills applicable to the business side of art
  • Fleta’s discussion of how failed pieces can become an artist’s greatest works
  • This gallery owner’s impression of the element that helps an artist’s work be most readily appreciated by the public
  • a glimpse into the vibrant community of 310 Art
  • lots of wisdom from this professional artist about the internal process of creating art and making a living as an artist

Other artists mentioned during this interview:

Examples of Fleta’s work (contact Fleta at gallery@310art.com for availability and prices):

Smoky Mangrove original encaustic painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
“Smoky Mangrove” 20×20″ original encaustic painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
Smoky Grove original encaustic painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
“Smoky Grove” 20×20″ original encaustic painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
Smoky Cove original encaustic painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
“Smoky Cove” 20×20″ original encaustic painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
Warm Fusion original oil painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
“Warm Fusion” 30×30″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
"Cool Fusion II" 30x30" by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
“Cool Fusion II” 30×30″ by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
"Low Tide" 48x48" original oil painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan
“Low Tide” 48×48″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Fleta Monaghan

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7 thoughts on “LH018: Fleta Monaghan – Abstract painter and owner of 310 ART in Asheville

  1. Thanks for you thoughtful comment, Carol. I love that you connected with Fleta’s work. I wish you lived closer and could visit the gallery, I think you would LOVE seeing all the work there. Appreciate your stopping by and letting us know your reaction 🙂

    • How wonderful to “see” you here, Susan! Glad you liked the show…and I appreciate your taking the time to let us know 🙂

  2. I have taken classes at 310 Art with various teachers – never disappointed – Fleta in a marvel as an artist, teacher, and business owner. Thank you this podcast

    • Hi Nancy,
      Thank you for listening and taking the time to comment! I am happy to hear about your experience at 310 ART, that is a wonderful recommendation. Thank you again for stopping by…

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