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 to be near his 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. Old Town Editions was purchased by its employees.
In 2013, Chris Foley opened a second gallery in Brevard, a decision that allowed the gallery to expand the number of artists they represent. This new location also places a heavy emphasis on sculpture, offering a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sculpture, commissions, and monumental installations.
The Haen Gallery is named in honor of Chris Foley’s mother, Eileen Haen Holberg. It is pronounced “HAY-n”.