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Local resident José Bello’s is having his first gallery show at The Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Titled “Studies in Sacred Geometry,” this mixed-media exploration of platonic solids and the seed of life opens with a wine and hors d'oeuvres artist’s reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 15. The show, sponsored by The Junction, runs through Sept. 2.

The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is  at 225 W. State St. The

Bello was born in a small town in Venezuela where he started his career in the Venezuelan Air Force painting massive canvases for his commander. After political unrest in 1989, Bello left the military to begin Studio Arte Bello in Clearwater, Florida. He became both a hands-on artisan and a high-end designer whose work appealed to architects, homebuilders and home owners.  

Later, settling in Black Mountain, Bello began manifesting his art in a more personal fashion. He found inspiration in the subject of sacred geometry, a topic he explores in this display through large panels.

“I wanted a way to share my ideas about interconnectedness,” he said. “The panels are abstractions that allow me to express my own journey while studying the principles of sacred geometry.”  The artist creates the panels by first layering lime plaster, natural pigments, metal, exotic wood veneers, oils and pastels. Next, he etches the surface with the geometric shapes and spirals found in nature.

“What I do is universal,” Bello said. “It’s about where we are and where we could go as a species. Change comes from within. This is my awakening, my heart.”

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