Red House artist is also new chairman


The Red House Studios and Gallery newest studio artist House is also the gallery’s chairman for 2015-16.

Barbara Frohmader moved to Asheville eight years ago and enjoyed a studio in the River arts District for six years. She lives in Swannanoa, and although she prefers to paint at home where she can spend lots of time with her work, “having a space at the gallery is a great opportunity to interact with the public and other artists,” she said. She has been a member of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League for three years.

Frohmader’s website ( offers an extensive history of her process and of her works, past and present. Last September, she returned to Portugal to paint “plein air” for two weeks. She has worked with oils and acrylic but has started working in watercolor again, her favorite medium for this chapter in painting life, she said. She is excited about what feels like a new direction, she said.

“We are looking forward to an exciting year with Barbara at the head of our gallery” said Johnnie Stanfield, co-chairperson of the publicity committee. “We all love her positive, get-it-done-right attitude and all her creative ideas and inspirations.”

Among Frohmader’s work in the gallery is a 36- by 48-inch acrylic on canvas painting of the view from Mount Pisgah. She has other work in acrylic and oil, as well as unique floor cloths and watercolor studies.

You can see her latest work, along with 16 other studio artists, at the Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. State St. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (you can also see the gallery’s current Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League exhibition “Dimensions”). For more, call the gallery at 669-0351 or visit