Artist in the Spotlight–Spencer Herr

Funny, approachable, and flannel-wearing; Spencer Herr has donated to OpenDoors’ Art Affair for the last 7 years.  This year he will certainly not disappoint.  Visit his studio and you will hear the backstories of all the painting around you.  “Shelter V,” an acrylic, graphite and airbrush piece, could serve as an unexpected reminder of the challenges and experiences that many of our students face everyday.  In Spencer’s words, “Structure, at it’s most basic level , is evidence of it’s occupier’s existence.  They left their marks as to not be forgotten.  The marks, although physical, represent all the felt senses of life… thought, touch, smell, taste, etc., and in so, document the entirety of the resident’s lives.”

Spencer, a self-taught artist, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, works and lives in Asheville, where he is represented by American Folk Art gallery.  A quick google search might lead you to a very entertaining and insightful interview with Spencer conducted a few years ago by an interior designer out of Charlotte, which is not to be missed.

We are immensely grateful for our art donors, art buyers, and the incredible community spirit that has flourished over the years to include over 200 participating artists.  As a committed multi-year giver, Spencer is a special part of this donating artist community.  “Many artists are not able to give back, but I give because I like knowing that somebody else can benefit from my work, and I trust in OpenDoors to make that happen,” explains Spencer.