Posts Tagged ‘art’

WCU Green Energy Park “Iron Pour” April 5

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Artists from Western Carolina University and throughout Western North Carolina will give new meaning to the term “fired up” as WCU’s Fine Art Museum hosts an “iron pour” Saturday, April 5, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

An iron pour is an artistic activity in which iron is heated, melted and poured into molds to create sculpture. The goal of the event is to invite the community to learn about the art of casting iron while also allowing students to create unique cast iron artwork, said Denise Drury, curator at the Fine Art Museum.

“The Green Energy Park is a perfect location for this event,” Drury said. “Western Carolina students and the community already use the facility for glass blowing, firing ceramics and casing bronze and aluminum. This iron pour is an excellent opportunity to add iron casing to the energy park’s roster of activities.

The pour will be led by artists Tripp Jarvis and Melissa Van Sandt from Tri-State Sculptors, a group of artists from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Morgan Kennedy, who teaches sculpture at WCU, will also take part along with his students.

The iron pour, to be held from 5 until 8 p.m., is open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Jackson County Green Energy Park, the event is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Iron Maidens” that was on view at the Fine Art Museum earlier in the year.

For more information on the iron pour, contact Drury at 828-227-2550.

Visiting Artist Mark Hewitt Ceramics Demonstrations at WCU

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – North Carolina potter Mark Hewitt will hold ceramics demonstrations and give an artist’s talk Thursday, Feb. 13, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

Demonstrations of the art of throwing ceramics will be in Room 151 from 9:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Hewitt will give an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. in Room 130.

Hewitt’s visit to the WCU School of Art and Design is funded by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. All events are free and open to the public.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Hewitt is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, makers of fine china. In the early 1970s, he decided to become a studio potter rather than an industrial manager and began apprenticeships with leading ceramic artists in the United States. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Pittsboro in 1983 to set up their pottery studio.

Hewitt specializes in planters and jars and uses local clays in his pieces. His work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and in London and Tokyo.

“Mark is an Englishman who settled in a small town near Raleigh because he loves the North Carolina wood-fired ceramics tradition and, I hope he would agree, wants to be part of it. He has become one of the best-known potters in the state,” said Joan Byrd, a WCU professor of ceramics.

For more information, contact Byrd at or 828-226-3595.

ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) Route Schedule Adjustments

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Monday, Jan. 6th, 2014, the City of Asheville ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) service will adjust schedules on nine routes. These changes continue to demonstrate the City of Asheville’s commitment to multi-modal transportation, affordability, and sustainability.

Notices detailing the schedule changes can be found at, at the ART Station at 49 Coxe Ave. and on all buses.  New schedules will be available beginning Dec. 16th at the Transit Station.  Starting on Jan. 6th GoogleTransit, the trip planning tool using GoogleMaps, will guide riders using the new updated schedules.

The schedule adjustments encompass small changes aimed at improving on-time performance and reducing wait times related to transfers to and from Route C (Cross Town) and Route N. The changes will improve schedules on the Biltmore Ave. (to Mission Hospital) and Patton Ave. (to New Leicester Hwy) routes.  In addition, the Tunnel Rd. (to South Tunnel Rd.) corridor will have service three times an hour from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

The changes are based on citizen recommendations, surveys and data analysis and have been designed to improve customer satisfaction through route efficiencies.  Future Transit Master Plan recommendations can be seen by reviewing the document on line at:

A complete list of route changes can be found below.

·         C – Emma – Louisiana – Amboy- Biltmore Vlg.- Fairview Rd.- Swannanoa R. Rd.

o        Arrival times at each bus stop adjusted to improve the connections to downtown Asheville. Improve transfers to/from the W3 & W4 on Patton Ave. at Louisiana Ave.  Improve transfer to/from E1 on Swannanoa River Rd. at Bleachery Blvd.

·         N – Montford – Downtown –           MLK – Grove Park Inn

o        Improve transfer connections at the Transit Station. From MLK Jr. Dr. to the Transit Station, N will no longer serve Biltmore Ave. north of Hilliard.  N will use Hilliard Ave. west bound to serve the Transit Station.

·         N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest

o        N3 will depart from the Transit Station at :35 and :05 minutes past the hour.  An additional late night trip will be added at 10:35pm and the 7:05pm trip will be cancelled.

·         E1 – Tunnel – Swannanoa R. Rd. – VA

o        Arrival times at each bus stop adjusted to improve route on-time performance.

·         E2 – Tunnel – Haw Creek – Porters Cove

o        Serve the Haw Creek community on the inbound portion of the route rather than outbound.  E2 will depart at :15 minutes after the hour, improving the service frequency on Tunnel Rd.

·         S2 – Biltmore – Kenilworth – Social Security

o        S2 will depart from the Transit Station at :30 minutes past the hour, improving service on Biltmore Ave. to every 30 minute with S1.  For the first trip in the morning at 6:30am, S2 will arrive at the Transit Station at 7:00am.

·         S4 – S. French Broad –Livingston Hts. – AB Tech

o        S4 will depart from the Transit Station :05 minutes past the hour.  This route will now be matched with the S2 route rather than the W3.

·         W3 – Patton – Goodwill

o        For the first trip in the morning at 6:00am, W3 will arrive at the Transit Station at 6:30am to make connections.

·         W4 – Patton – New Leicester – Land of Sky

o        W4 will depart from the Transit Station at :30 minutes past the hour, improving service on Patton Ave. to every 30 minutes with W3, shortening wait times to C.  For the first trip in the morning, at 6:30 am, W4 will arrive at the Transit Station at 7:00am to make connections.

For more information about Asheville Transit, contact 253-5691, e-mail or visit

WCU Fine Art Museum Brings in David J. Brown to Lead

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – David J. Brown, a longtime arts professional experienced in many facets of arts and cultural organizations, has been named director of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University effective July 1.

“Mr. Brown brings unique experiences to our arts community at WCU and our regional partners,” said Robert Kehrberg, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, which oversees the museum. “David has worked in North Carolina a number of years in the arts and brings a localized perspective to a national outlook on arts in our communities. I am looking forward to working with David to advance the arts in our region and state.”

Brown, of Winston-Salem, has worked in the field of art and visual culture for more than 25 years. Since 2010, he has worked as an arts management consultant, lending his expertise to arts organizations on a project-by-project basis. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2010, he was deputy director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va., where in addition to overseeing exhibitions and developing a quarterly lecture series he transitioned the 50-year-old institution into a new, 81,000 square-foot facility that included an art learning laboratory.

Brown also has served in leadership and administrative roles with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has worked with artists including Pae White, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Willie Doherty, Lesley Dill, David Byrne, John Waters and Dan Perjovschi. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Old Dominion University and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.

“I am honored and delighted to be chosen as the new director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum,” Brown said. “Some of the most rewarding times of my career have been in collaboratively creating unique and meaningful intersections with students, artists and the community, and I view the entire WCU campus and region as vibrant partners full of potential.”

Brown is married to Krystyna Puc, assistant dean of liberal arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Their son, Zak, is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brown also has a grown daughter, Thea, who resides in Richmond, Va., with her family.

WCU’s 122,000 square-foot Fine Art Museum opened in 2005 with a focus on education, community outreach and development of a permanent collection – now at more than 1,200 pieces – of high artistic merit.

Brown will fill a position left vacant by founding director and curator Martin DeWitt’s retirement in December 2010. Kehrberg extended his thanks to curatorial specialist Denise Drury, who has been serving as interim director of the museum for the past 2½ years. “She inspired our university to bring art into facilities across our campus and maintain initiatives within the Fine Art Museum,” he said.

WCU Fine Art Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The museum is closed on university holidays and breaks. For more information about the museum, call 828-227-3591 or go online to

City of Asheville is Asking Artists for Public Art

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is seeking to commission a qualified artist to create an original terrazzo floor design as public art for the U.S. Cellular Center lobby floor.

The U.S. Cellular Center, located in downtown Asheville, is a regional venue for entertainment, trade shows and events that is undergoing a series of renovations. A major component of the renovation is the installation of a new epoxy terrazzo floor depicting integrated artwork located at the entrance way of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

The project is open to all qualified artists with experience in pubic art. Artists who have experience designing or installing terrazzo floors in high traffic settings are preferred. The commissioned artist will work collaboratively with the U.S. Cellular Center renovation architect, floor construction contractor, and a citizen review team.

Artists’ proposals will be accepted electronically through May 5, 2013 at, also known as CaFÉ™. Project specifications and instructions on how to apply are located at For information about the call for artists, contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or

The City of Asheville Public Art Program oversees Asheville’s public art collection with assistance of the Public Art & Cultural Commission. The collection includes the popular Urban Trail, a historic walking tour of downtown Asheville; along with other prominent works in the downtown area including but not limited to the Pack Fountain, Energy Loop, Deco Gecko and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

“Spoon Fed” Exhibit to Open at Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – “Spoon Fed,” a new exhibition featuring works on the theme of the overlooked utensil, the spoon, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15 at UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville.

Like most functional items, spoons often go unnoticed. This exhibition is meant to draw attention to their useful beauty by featuring the work of four artists who make, manipulate, or are inspired by the archetype of the spoon.

Each artist takes a different approach: Wes Airgood of Ohio handcrafts spoons with a technical mastery; Sarah Hurtigkarl of Sweden takes a more narrative approach – imagining a world where spoon bowls grow out of pillows, tables, and trees; Joo Hyung Park of South Korea creates hybrid cutlery in her “The Moment of Pleasure” series; and Annie Tung of Canada constructs spoon vignettes which reflect on themes such as love, time, and death.

Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, with viewing hours 12-5 p.m. on weekdays through May 31. The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is located at 1181 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville.

For more information, call 828.890.2050 or visit the Center’s website.

ART Holiday Service Expands in 2013

Friday, December 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, ART will expand to provide partial transit services on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Expanded service on six holidays of the year is made possible with a budget approved by Asheville City Council. A public meeting to gather input on these changes was held on Nov. 1, 2012.  In addition, the public was encouraged to participate in a survey that was available at the ART Station and online.  That feedback, along with past ridership data, provided information used in implementing extended service on major corridors to the most popular routes.

Additionally, beginning January 2, 2013, ART will permanently increase its regular service to route E1, departing twice an hour between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  E1 will continue to depart once an hour between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. as well as between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The expanded service is the latest step in the implementation of the City of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan. Please visit the ART Station on Coxe Ave or go to to obtain an updated route schedule.  ART will operate holiday service beginning Jan. 1, 2013 on the following routes:

·      C – Louisiana – Haywood – State St. – Biltmore Village- Fairview Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd – Wood. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N1 – Merrimon – UNCA – Lakeshore.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest. Departs 9:40 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. Route will have a different departure time, leaving at  :40 past the hour.

·      S3 – Asheland – McDowell- Biltmore Village- Hendersonville Rd – Airport. Departs 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      S4 – S. French Broad – Depot – Livingston Heights- AB Tech. Departs 9:35 a.m. – 6:35 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      E1 – Tunnel – Asheville Mall – Swannanoa River Rd.   Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service as far as Wal-mart/Kohl’s, E1 will not serve the VA Hospital.

·      E2 –Asheville Mall – Haw Creek – Tunnel Rd.  Departs 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      W1 – Hilliard – Clingman – Haywood – PVA – Deaverview Area.  Departs  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      W3 – Patton – Goodwill.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

For ART schedule information call (828)253-5691, e-mail or visit

‘Collecting for the Community’ Exhibit at Mountain Heritage Center

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – “Collecting for the Community,” a new exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, focuses on the museum’s collection of artifacts and the donators from across the region who made it possible.

The exhibit opens Thursday, June 7, and will be available for public viewing in the museum’s gallery B through Friday, Aug. 17.

“Although the Mountain Heritage Center did not open its doors until 1979, individuals and departments at the university began collecting objects for a museum of Appalachian history and culture as early as the 1920s,” said museum curator Pam Meister. “As the museum’s official opening drew near, its holdings were greatly augmented by generous donations from lifelong private collectors such as Haywood County dairy farmer Albert J. McCracken, whose family contributed McCracken’s collection of 3,000 Native American artifacts, as well as over 500 objects relating to 18th- and 19th-century Southern Appalachian settlers,” she said.

Over the years, the Mountain Heritage Center’s collections have been enriched by numerous gifts from residents of Western North Carolina who have been willing to share their families’ heirlooms and history with the public, Meister said. Those donations range from entire collections, such as late 19th-century household items and photographs from the Axley-Meroney family of Murphy, to single objects like a Catamount mascot costume worn on the WCU campus in the late 1950s. The museum’s collections now total more than 10,000 objects, including artifacts such as prehistoric projectile points, modern Cherokee crafts, logging tools, moonshine stills, quilts, coverlets, saddles and firearms.

The Mountain Heritage Center, open to the public free of charge, is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, but the museum is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

For more information about the Mountain Heritage Center’s programs, exhibits and special Saturday hours, call 828-227-7129 or visit

Asheville Redefines Transit Monday May 21

Monday, May 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Monday, May 21 marks the opening of a new chapter for Asheville‘s public transportation: Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) is the implementation of the first phase of the city’s Transit Master Plan. The reconfiguring of the City of Asheville transit system into 16 new routes provides increased service along major corridors, consolidated day and evening schedules and streamlined routes that improve on-time performance. To help kick off the new system, fares are free to all riders for the first three weeks.

“A lot of work and public interaction went into making this a reality,” said Mariate Echeverry, the City’s transportation planning manager. “Now that we are here, we are making sure that customers have the information they need to get the best results from this transition.”

The City of Asheville has provided several ways to access information about the ART system. Maps, timetables and an FAQ page are available online at, including a Google Maps trip planner that will chart your route. Physical maps are available at the ART Station (formerly the Transit Center) at 49 Coxe Avenue. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the first week to assist riders in becoming familiar with the new routes and bus drivers are equipped with handouts that explain how to get information about changes to bus routes.

Monday’s ART roll out coincides with Strive Not to Drive week, and Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy will preside over a 5:15 p.m. ribbon cutting in Pack Square Park to celebrate the launch.

Free fares on the ART are effective until June 8, 2012.

For more information about Asheville Transit, contact 253-5691, e-mail or visit

New Exhibition “Crumbs” at UNC Asheville

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – “Crumbs,” a new exhibit of sculptures by UNC Asheville senior art major Sarah Ray, will be on view beginning April 26, in Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville‘s Ramsey Library. A reception with the artist will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the gallery.

In “Crumbs,” Ray features cupcakes, some edible and some not, in a variety of settings including a cupcake tree, and a wig for Marie Antoinette. Ray presents cupcakes, which she calls “the All-American dessert,” as a commentary on lifestyles and values.

“Crumbs” is on view through May 18, whenever Ramsey Library is open. Library hours are posted online here, and for more information, call 828.251.6436.