Pop-surrealism on full display in new exhibition by three Asheville artists


Pop-surrealism on full display in new exhibition by three Asheville artists

New work by Fian Arroyo

This is going to be a fantastic show. Here are the details:

MURMUR LODGE’s Fian Arroyo, Rosy Kirby, and Julie Armbruster present:
“Fake Field Trip”
art show opening Friday May 4th
PUSH Skateshop and Gallery
artist reception from 7-9pm at 25 Patton Avenue, Downtown Asheville, NC.

Three Asheville based artists join their unique forces together to present a fantastical, pop-surrealistic escape into a bizarre but hopeful world, featuring shadows of mystical beasts, childhood impressions, and dramatic realizations. These artists share a fascination with naturescapes, intricate detailing, layering, and interpreting the world through exceptionally overactive imaginations. Their distinct talents twist and grow to create Murmur Lodge, a space where artists support each other to make art that is awesome.

Fian Arroyo, an accomplished award-winning illustrator, presents new watercolor, acrylic, and ink works focusing on his original mystical creatures. His works feature exquisite depth and unbelievably refined detailing as he pulls out another world off of the paper’s surface. He evokes a whimsical escape into a lush and fun environment full of monsters, winged lions, and confident humans.

Rosy Kirby, founder of Indian Summer Press, explores the emotional world of safe spaces, blooming botanicals, and desert nightscapes. She presents a quiet and meditative window into her dreams. Her newest works feature hand-pulled silk screens and inky drawings on paper. The magic of a simplified pallet and incredible fine-line detailing inspire sparks of our earliest memories and an appreciation for deep diving.


Julie Armbruster follows some of her favorite characters into a swirling world of soft colors and strong outlines. The emotional interactions and relationships defined in the acrylic and ink paintings provoke a narrative quandary. They invite the viewer to investigate the details and symbols and decide what it all means.

This show will be the second collaborative installation following a group challenge last Fall. Murmur Lodge’s primary goal is to encourage, support, and complement each other. By highlighting what is uniquely wonderful about what each artist makes, we inspire each other with new techniques and creative challenges. For this art show, we will all release a new work based on the theme and title of our show: “Fake Field Trip.”

Our artist reception will include music, food, and a RARE opportunity to earn a limited edition silk screen print featuring all three artists works.

Please join us on Friday May 4th from 7-9pm for an evening of fun and enchantment.

Feel free to call Julie at 828-545-6182 or e-mail MurmurLodge@gmail.com.