The Haen Gallery in Asheville opened in July 2006 with a show featuring Lynn Boggess, the unique and quintessential Appalachian painter. The gallery is owned and directed by Chris Foley, who moved to the Asheville area in 2004 with his wife Christine to be near their daughter and granddaughter. Chris was trained as a painter and sculptor and graduated with a BFA degree from Georgetown University. His involvement with graphic and fine art has been lifelong. In 1997 he co-founded Old Town Editions in Alexandria, Virginia with Mark McCormick-Goodhart, a photographic scientist at the Smithsonian Institution. The company has numbered among its clients The Library of Congress, National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of American History, National Park Service and World Bank and many others over the years. Presently, Old Town Editions is in the process of being purchased by its employees.
In 2013, Chris opened a new gallery, The Haen Gallery at Lumberyard Arts, in Brevard. Located in the historic Brevard Lumber building, Chris has kept the aged patina of the space intact, repurposing and enhancing the character of the building. Due to the size of the space, the gallery has the ability to have a heavy emphasis on sculpture.
The Haen Gallery is named in honor of Chris’ mother, Eileen Haen Holberg. It is pronounced “HAY-n”.