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Biltmore Estate: a One-Stop Destination for Fall Color Immersion

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – For travelers short on time, but big on taking in all that fall has to offer, Biltmore is a one-stop shop for everything autumn.

With one of the most extensive fall garden displays in the Southeast (where “Mum” is the word), world-class activities, a winery, culinary temptations, the Inn on Biltmore Estate and the stunning 250-room Biltmore House, Biltmore offers an expansive – yet efficient – way to experience a full fall immersion.

Cloaked in rich hues of harvest gold and burgundy, deep plums and amber, Biltmore’s 8,000 acres await exploration. Enjoy gardens bursting with thousands of colorful mums, pastoral and mountain views, vibrant colored forests and rolling countryside. At Biltmore’s Outdoor Center, activities include carriage rides, horseback riding, guided Segway tours, fly fishing and sessions at the Land Rover Experience Driving School. River Bend Farm welcomes curiosities with demonstrations of what it was like to live and work on the estate in the 1890s, including a barnyard full of farm animals to visit.

Panoramic views star on guided rooftop tours of Biltmore House. Particularly dramatic during the fall, with crisp air and clear vistas all the way to Mount Pisgah, this birds-eye view of the estate is one of Biltmore’s most popular tours.

Biltmore House offers an array of indoor beauty, complete with the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Four, never-before-seen rooms opened earlier this year after an extensive restoration. Known as the Louis XV Suite, these rooms are the most grand bedrooms in the house, and served as birthplace of two generations of Vanderbilts.

Savor festive menus at one of the estate’s five restaurants, which celebrate a legacy of sustainable agriculture, serving fresh produce grown in the gardens right on the estate. Barbecue and Bluegrass Saturdays take place at the Winery through October, and Deerpark will feature an Appalachian Harvest Buffet.

Biltmore’s award-winning winery offers tastings, tours, culinary demonstrations and seminars. And, for those looking to capture the romance of fall overnight, the Inn on Biltmore Estate offers year-round packages.

There’s something for every leaf peeper at Biltmore. Visit www.biltmore.com for more information.

Savor a Great Night at the Asheville Art Museum’s A Taste of Art + Wine

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum invites you to its popular, annual event A Taste of Art + Wine held in Pack Place on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

For one night, enjoy all that Asheville is known for while supporting the Asheville Art Museum. Good company, fine wines, craft beers and delicious food from local restaurants will take over Pack Place. The Celebrate 60! Raffle drawing will be held at the end of the evening — so get tickets soon!

Visit www.ashevilleart.org to view raffle packages and to purchase tickets.

The leader in arts programming and education for Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum survives through community support. All proceeds from this event will go toward films, artists’ talks, musical concerts and other outstanding public programs the Museum regularly presents. The evening will
also include a silent auction, in which a limited number of unique, high-end items will be up for bid. With so much offered, a “taste” may not be enough!

Ticket prices are $30 per person; $55 per couple for Museum Members and $35 per person; $65 per couple for non-Members. All tickets sold at the door are $40 per person. A Taste of Art + Wine is usually a sell out event, so reserve your tickets early by calling 828.253.3227. What a delicious idea!

Asheville Affiliates to Host “Fur Ball” Fundraiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Non-profit fundraising organization The Asheville Affiliates will be hosting a benefit for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue on September 10th, 2009 at Decades Bar and Grill, from 6:30-9:30 PM. Cover price to include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and entertainment by Firecracker Jazz Band.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with all proceeds to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Raffle and silent auction will be held, with prizes including vacation rentals, spa treatments, local art, and sports and hotel packages at The Grove Park Inn. Join us for an afterparty by Decades – cash bar available.

HomeTrust Bank will be providing free parking across the street. Please leave pets at home – this is a party FOR pets, not with them! This event, along with all Affiliates events, is open to the public.,/p>

RSVP on Facebook, or for more information e-mail [email protected] or call 828-458-7778.

The Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival Scheduled for Spetember 6th

Monday, August 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Arts 2 People is excited to bring you the 8th annual FREE, Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival. Three blocks of N. Lexington Ave will be lined with all local art, food, beer and street performers on Sunday, September 6th from 11am – 10pm between College Street and the I 240 overpass. The street will be brimming with a celebration Asheville’s diverse and unique culture.

Three stages and two courtyards of music and performance include rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, ragtime, reggae, world beats, singer songwriters, bluegrass, old time, drummers, clowns, magicians, contortionists, belly dancers, modern dancers, vaudeville actors, fire dancers, break dancers, and hula hoopers. The complete lineup will be available within the next couple of weeks; stay tuned to our emails find out more details of the day’s events.

LAAFF is great for the whole family. Kids will love making art, dancing, and having fun all day long. Many kids’ performance acts include kids’ hip hop, break dancing, modern dance, jump roping, jazz and more. The big “kids” will enjoy the ever popular bicycle jousting, local brews, an eclectic culinary and artistic experience, as well as a selection of Big People Games.

Each year the festival grows larger and gets even better. We are now considered by the City to be Asheville’s largest independent festival! We grew by 30% last year, and expect a similar increase this year. This is truly the festival that showcases all of Asheville’s creative juices. With an attendance of about 12,000 people, LAAFF relies on community support to ensure our success each year. LAAFF is a volunteer driven event put on by and for the community. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or as a sponsor please contact Festival Director, Frank Bloom at [email protected]

Your contribution of joining us and experiencing a fun day of creative expression will support local non-profit Arts 2 People and our many projects. Arts 2 People is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. Arts 2 People’s many projects include The Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program, The REACH Educational series, The Asheville Mural Project, Moving Women, The Faces of Asheville and more. To find out more, visit www.arts2people.org.

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Announces Artist Program

Friday, August 28th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The states of Virginia and North Carolina share many beautiful things – mountains and forests, farmland and coast, rich heritage and friendly towns. They also share the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway and an appreciation for the many talented artists who live along its route.

Two of the most gifted artists from Virginia and North Carolina – P. Buckley Moss and Teresa Pennington, respectively – have created special works of art to commemorate the Parkway’s 75th Anniversary.

Moss will unveil a new work commemorating the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary at events September 11 and 12 at The Framer’s Daughter, 121 N. Main Street in Galax, VA. The artist will be at the gallery from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. September 11 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 12. Representatives from the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th committee will join her at the September 11 appearance. For further information, contact Kay Weddle at 276.236.4920 or by e-mail.

The painting will be released as both a limited edition offset lithograph as well as a poster. Its unveiling coincides with the Parkway’s celebration of its 75th year September 11, 2010. The print and poster will be available after the unveiling on the P. Buckley Moss Web site www.pbuckleymoss.com and at authorized Moss dealers.

In addition to Moss’s commercial success as an artist, she has worked to raise over $4 million for charitable organizations and has established the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, promoting the use of art in school curriculums as a learning instrument for students with learning differences.

Teresa Pennington has created four drawings in her series of limited edition giclees and lithographs. Pennington’s work will be unveiled the evening of October 9 at T. Pennington Gallery in Waynesville, NC.

Pennington has also created four series of drawings for Biltmore Estate over the past 17 years. Her work has also been commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service and the Western North Carolina Diocese of the Episcopal Church

Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative prints by both artists will benefit the Parkway’s 75th anniversary.

Scenic Savings: Fall Color Ablaze at The NC Arboretum

Friday, August 21st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Natural beauty comes in a kaleidoscope of colors each fall at The North Carolina Arboretum – a beautiful bargain at only $6 per vehicle.

Vibrant colors amid trees, shrubs, and perennials delight the senses at the Arboretum. Director of Horticulture Alison Arnold notes that many colors brighten the landscape, including brilliant reds from dogwood and maple trees, blazing oranges from black gum and persimmon trees, and glittering gold from a variety of shrubs and perennials.

Surrounded by the Southern Appalachian mountains and adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

Within its 434 acres, the Arboretum offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, a state-of-the-art production greenhouse, and one of the finest bonsai collections in the Southeastern United States. Engaging exhibits about science, art, and culture are featured year-round in the Baker Exhibit Center.

Visitors during fall also have an opportunity to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo, held at The North Carolina Arboretum every second weekend in October. This two-day horticultural extravaganza, situated in the midst of the colorful mountains during fall foliage season, features a juried display of bonsai by clubs from across a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and a popular Ikebana exhibit.

For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

UNC Asheville Welcomes Freshmen

Friday, August 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is preparing to welcome some 645 new Bulldogs to its ranks this Friday as freshmen move onto campus. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 17.

“The Class of 2013 is one of the larger classes,” noted Barkley Barton, senior assistant director of Admissions. “And the overall academic profile of this class is very strong – among their ranks are several valedictorians and many truly outstanding students with high grade point averages and great college entrance test scores.”

This new freshmen class will check into residence halls from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Some 80 UNC Asheville faculty, staff, alumni, upperclassmen and College for Seniors members will be on hand to help freshmen and their parents with the move. Returning students will move in on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16.

A highlight of the freshmen’s first day on campus will be a formal convocation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, on UNC Asheville’s Quad. Initiated in 1985 at UNC Asheville, convocation is rooted in ancient academic tradition. The ceremony will include the presentation of the Class of 2013 pin to each freshman, as well as the class dogwood tree, which will be planted on campus. Sam Kaplan, associate professor of mathematics and 2009 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching Award, will give the keynote address.

New this fall, students will have the option of choosing Religious Studies as their major field of study. The new program, under the direction of Rodger Payne, offers students classes in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Greek and Roman religions and a number of other courses that compliment UNC Asheville’s liberal arts mission, said Payne.

“Religious studies considers one of our oldest collective human experiences from a variety of academic disciplines,” Payne said. “From music to mathematics, from art and politics, and beyond, each can be examined through the lens of religion. It’s nearly the perfect way to encounter the liberal arts.”

Payne plans to continue building the program around classes that provide comparative examinations of faith traditions from around the world.

Students in the sciences will find themselves in new, state-of-art laboratories in the recently opened in the Zeis Science & Multimedia Building. While a few classes were held in the $24 million building last spring, this fall will be the first semester that all science and multimedia classes and labs will be held in the new facility, located adjacent to Ramsey Library on the Quad.

The University can now fully capitalize on “the collaborative learning style that showcases how we approach teaching the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),” said Keith Krumpe, dean of Natural Sciences. “The labs are designed like labs in industry; they are all project-based so students can work in teams.”

A $9 million renovation to Rhoades Hall, including spaces that were previously occupied by the Chemistry and Biology departments, should be completed in 2011, giving UNC Asheville some of the best undergraduate science facilities in the Southeast, Krumpe said.

When not in class, freshmen – as well as upperclassmen – will be able to enjoy free events in the Weeks of Welcome series, designed to introduce students to campus life. Events this fall include a cookout, a block party, a performance by comedian Eddie Ifft, a rock climbing trip and a leadership conference.

Save the Date – Asheville Art Museum Presents Ruth Asawa: Drawing in Space

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum, celebrating its 60th anniversary, proudly
presents Ruth Asawa: Drawing in Space from Saturday, September 19, 2009 to Sunday,
February 7, 2010. The public is invited to an Opening Reception Friday, September 25, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This exhibition celebrates the unique career of Ruth Asawa (1926 – ), an artist whose loopedwire sculptures and richly detailed drawings defy traditional conventions. This is Asawa’s first solo exhibition in North Carolina and features the gift of an important work of Asawa’s to the Asheville Art Museum from artist Lorna Blaine Halper.

Ruth Asawa: Drawing in Space begins with the her earliest sculptures, drawings and paintings created while at Black Mountain College and highlights several signature sculptures that formed her later visual vocabulary of looped and tied forms. This exhibition considers Asawa’s
connection to Western North Carolina and Black Mountain College as it places her work within a larger national context of artists who “viewed art as a way of thinking and acting.”

Asawa was born in 1926 in Norwalk, California, the fourth of seven children born to Japanese immigrant farmers. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, her family was interned in New Mexico and Arkansas. She attended Milwaukee State Teachers College from 1943 to 1946. In 1946, she enrolled at Black Mountain College. There she studied with Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller and Ilya Bolotowsky. Asawa’s philosophy that “there is no separation between studying, performing the daily chores of living and creating one’s own work” permeates a life and a career
that has combined success as an artist, a mother of six and a community advocate for arts education in elementary schools.

Asawa’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, and the Oakland Museum of California, where one of her tied-wire sculptures adorns the entrance. She has received numerous awards, and has served on the San Francisco Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, the John D. Rockefeller Foundation’s Council for Museum Education in the Visual Arts and the board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival This September 26th and 27th

Thursday, August 6th, 2009


BAKERSVILLE, NC – The annual Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival – a juried, fine arts show – is hosted each September by the town of Bakersville, North Carolina to promote the arts and craft of the mountains.

This year’s show offers over 40 exhibitors of glass, jewelry, pottery, paintings, furniture, fiber, woodcraft and sculpture. The Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival has become known for showcasing some of the finest arts and crafts to be found in the Southeast.

The Festival takes place along the banks of Cane Creek, which winds through the center of this beautiful and historic small town.

Bakersville is just over an hour away from either Asheville, Boone or Johnson City, Tennessee. Penland School of Crafts, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Spruce Pine and Burnsville are all within 20 minutes of Bakersville and provide plenty of activities to see or do during the weekend.

This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, September 26, from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday, September 27, Noon – 5 PM.

Come experience our local music, food, atmosphere and more. The festival is open to the public, free of charge and free parking is available nearby.

The Creek Walk Arts Festival started in 2005 to celebrate and utilize Bakersville’s new, half-mile, paved footpath. With generous support from organizations such as the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Bakersville and the Bakersville Improvement Group, the Creek Walk Arts Festival has become a local favorite with artists and visitors alike; many returning year after year. Proceeds from past festivals have addressed local needs such as stocking food banks, providing heating subsidies for the elderly and town beautification projects.

In addition, the Arts Festival bestows over $3000 in cash prizes. Artists compete for the following awards: Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, Three Honorable Mentions, Best Booth, People’s Choice, Middleton Emerging Artist Award and Crimson Laurel Gallery’s Award for Excellence in Ceramics.

Start with the downtown businesses, add the support from town and county, mix in the large number of volunteers and top it off with loyal artisans and one can see that the Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival is truly a community event to be experienced and appreciated.

If you haven’t been to Bakersville lately, you have missed the best kept secret in western North Carolina. Come discover our mountain paradise.

For more information about the Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival, please contact Anita Connelly at (828) 688-1717.

Asheville Antiques Fair Comes to Civic Center This Weekend

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Asheville Antiques Fair

ASHEVILLE, NC – The sixty-third Asheville Antiques Fair, one of the oldest Antiques Fairs in the Southeast, has been held every year with the exception of 1947, when it was cancelled due to a polio epidemic in Asheville. This year the fair will be held from July 31 – August 2, 2009 at the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The event proceeds benefit area historic and cultural landmarks. Monies go toward restoration, conservation and preservation of projects supporting the architectural gems of Asheville. The proceeds from the very first Antiques Fair in 1945 to present day, represents over $170,000 donated to numerous community charities as well as more than $325,000 awarded to local restoration, preservation projects.

The Asheville Antiques Fair is a non-profit organization and is hosted under the auspices of The Vetust Study Club of Asheville, North Carolina, Inc. The name Vetust comes from the Latin root word meaning “of the ancient”. The object of the club is the study of antiques and subjects on historical interest and to aid the community’s charitable, civic and cultural advancements. The Vetust Study Club is a volunteer organization of 24 women dedicating their time toward the support of the Asheville Antiques Fair. The Vetust Study Club meets monthly to present individual research papers dealing with antiques.

The Fair will feature nearly 55 Exhibitors from many States, offering a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, architectural elements, oriental rugs, rare books, heirloom linens and lace and garden accouterments. All items will be available for purchase. The Fair itself will be accompanied by a variety of special events designed to appeal to both new and seasoned collectors of antiquities including; Expert Lectures, an Heirloom Road Show offering verbal evaluations by three certified appraisers and a gourmet Summer Garden Café catered by the Every Day Gourmet.