“Joy in a Jar” painting by Judy Rentner.
“Silent Guardian” painting by Judy Rentner.
“Natural Radiance” painting by Judy Rentner.
“Mountain Vista” painting by Judy Rentner.

“Joy in a Jar” painting by Judy Rentner.
“Silent Guardian” painting by Judy Rentner.
“Natural Radiance” painting by Judy Rentner.
“Mountain Vista” painting by Judy Rentner.
Asheville Gallery of Art presents Judy Rentner’s rich, colorful paintings, during the month of October, in an exhibition titled “Nature’s Gems.” The opening reception will be held 5–8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.
Of all of the seasons of the year, fall is the crescendo, the last burst of beauty before nature’s tones soften and become quiet in the winter months. Autumn colors are like precious gems: topaz, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, an endless sparkling array of brilliance.
Judy Rentner, a resident of Clyde, has been painting the landscapes of Western North Carolina for 23 years and they continue to inspire her. Having lived in 10 different states from coast to coast, she still considers North Carolina one of the most beautiful.
Although she has been painting most of her adult life, it was here that she found her creative style. Painting in oils, with a palette knife, enabled her to achieve the essence of a scene in light and color. Everything about the creative process is personal and many viewers find themselves drawn to Rentner’s unique, inviting style.
A graduate of Ohio University, Rentner did not pursue art until years later when she took workshops, in watercolor, from various artists. This was a pivotal time of discovery as she learned the skills needed to express her ideas in paint. She then experimented with different mediums producing work that was both realistic and abstract. Moving to North Carolina, she placed her work in galleries and taught classes in watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Currently, her passion lies in painting landscapes, with a palette knife, in oils.
This technique has given her freedom of expression, using color to its fullest extent.
Rentner’s work is represented in several galleries. Check out her website at judyrentner.com and be sure to drop by Asheville Gallery of Art this October to view her outstanding autumn paintings. The gallery is open from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

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