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Local Artist Exhibits New Work at The N.C. Arboretum

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – New works by Susan Lingg, an artist based in Cullowhee, North Carolina, will be on display at The North Carolina Arboretum. Opening January 24, Within and Around the Ancients will depict the unique mountain landscapes of the Southern Appalachians.

Using watercolors, poured inks, and handmade paper, Lingg portrays the unique granite exposures of the mountains of the region, as well as native flora. Described as realism through an artist’s eye, her work captures and celebrates a passing moment.

A registered artist with Handmade in America, Lingg has been exhibiting her work since 1982. She is a member of the Jackson County Visual Arts Council, the North Carolina Watercolor Society, and Dogwood Crafters. Lingg is also an instructor in watercolor and handmade paper.

The exhibit will be on display at the Education Center of the Arboretum through April 8. For more information, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

Annual Unified Theatre Auditions on Feb. 24 and 25

Monday, January 9th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The A-B Tech Drama Club and the Montford Park Players will host the 11th annual Western North Carolina Theatre League Unified Auditions Feb. 24 and 25 in Ferguson Auditorium on A-B Tech’s Asheville campus.

Modeled after the Southeastern Theatre Conference and National Outdoor Drama Auditions, the annual event allows local actors and technicians to showcase their talents in a professional audition setting for a variety of companies throughout the region. The auditions have drawn up to 23 theatre, media and talent companies.

The purpose of the Unified Auditions is to develop a database of local actors and technical artists for regional, community and professional companies.

Youth auditions, which include anyone under the age of 18 by May 1, will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 24. Youth actors should present a memorized selection, poem, rhyme, monologue, and, if they wish, sing a song. Singing to tapes is not allowed.

Auditions and technical interviews for actors, designers, directors, stage managers, musicians and technicians will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

Actors are asked to prepare 90 seconds of material: one monologue or two contrasting monologues or monologue and 16 bars of a song. An accompanist will be available. Please bring your own sheet music in your key, as the accompanist will not transpose.

An Audition Information Workshop will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. At this workshop, actors will hear from a panel of directors on effective auditioning techniques and what to expect at the auditions.

To register, upload information, including a headshot, through the online registration form and pay a $30 registration fee at www.unifiedauditions.org.

It’s Time to Apply for Artist-in-Residence Program

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department invites all area artists to submit artwork for SmART Space – the City’s first artist-in-residency program.

The juried competition, which will award a $1,500 honorarium to a selected artist or artist team, is designed to provide short-term access to vacant storefront space for visual, performing, and new media artists or artist teams for the creation and presentation of new works.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 19.  Application instructions and more information are available on the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks .

Use of the 1,500 square foot space at 190 Broadway is for a 90-day period, expected to conclude with a final product of a performance or exhibit in the space.

The selected artist(s) will be required to provide 5 to 10 hours per week of public access to the space and interaction with the public to explain their project and their process.  The final product must be accessible to the public at no charge.

This call is open to emerging and established artists and artist teams age 18 years and older who currently live in Buncombe, Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Madison, Haywood, Transylvania, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, Clay, and Cherokee counties.  Proof of residency will be required.

Two artist Q&A forums will be held at the space located at 190 Broadway from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10 and from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Interested artists will have the chance to take photos and measurements of the space, as well as pose questions to Diane Ruggiero, superintendent of Cultural Arts.

For more information about application requirements and other details, visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks or contact Ruggiero at 828-259-5815 or [email protected] .

River Arts District Announces Upcoming Events

Friday, September 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Got plans tonight? Now you do. It’s Friday, Fall is near, the air is crisp, and there is much to do this weekend in the River Arts District.

Tonight, Friday, September 9th:

Living on the Edge” opening from 6-9 pm at The Artery inside the Pink Dog Creative Building at 346 Depot Street. Local artists Chloe Kemp and James Daniel, along with Pisgah Legal Services and Asheville Area Art Council, strive to raise awareness and assistance for the homeless through a multi-media art exhibit featuring photography, videos, paintings & drawings. Proceeds from the show will go to Pisgah Legal Services.

Also tonight,

The 8th annual Doors of Asheville Art Auction presented by HomeTrust Bank and Mountain Housing Opportunities at The Venue at 21 N. Market Street  downtown Asheville. Attendees will enjoy live bidding on works from regional and River Arts District artists, delicious hors d’oeuvres, fine wines and local beer as well as live swing music. The auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased online, or by calling 828-254-4030, ext. 116.  All proceeds from the event benefit emergency home repairs for seniors, single parents and underserved populations in Buncombe County.

Information courtesy of Pollinate Asheville.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 10th:

Second Saturday in the River Arts District:

The River Arts District Artists are proud to participate in the region-wide Second Saturday Initiative, Collect Art Asheville. Artists and art organizations throughout Western North Carolina open their doors and host openings, events classes and workshops on the second weekend of each month.

Support your local artists and your community this weekend in the River Arts District.

Upcoming!

Mark your Calendars for the Next Studio Stroll: November 12th & 13th, 2011 Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios to the public for two days of festivities.

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The latest on River Arts District:

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Web: www.riverartsdistrict.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/river.arts.district

North Carolina Arboretum Hosts an Array of Fall Events

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum invites visitors to discover the beauty of the season at an array of fall events. Offering inspiration for garden and craft enthusiasts, the events will educate and entertain. Events for fall 2011 include:

Heritage Crafts Day—Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Now in its sixth year, Heritage Crafts Day features artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of Western North Carolina. Vitally important to the region’s craft heritage is the close relationship between the crafts and plants used in their production. Much of the artistic expression of mountain crafts originates from the character and nature of plants.

Fine crafts made from local and natural materials will be highlighted, as will art created from recycled and sustainable sources. Visitors to Heritage Crafts Day are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s Heritage Garden. The garden showcases plants used in the multi-million-dollar craft industry of Western North Carolina, including those used for handmade paper and brooms, baskets and dyes. Visitors can discover the many plants that support crafts and understand how they are grown, prepared, and used in the industry.

Carolina Bonsai Expo—Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 Now in its 16th year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo is the premier event hosted by the Arboretum. Featuring juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from throughout the southeast, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and an Ikebana exhibit, the Expo is a two-day horticultural extravaganza.

Each year, a special guest bonsai artist provides educational programs for the public and a critique of the show for the benefit of participating clubs. This year’s guest is Mr. Walter Pall of Austria, who is widely recognized as one of the leading western bonsai artists in the world today.
The Expo is a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians.

The North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show—Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16 Hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms will fill the Arboretum Education Center in a kaleidoscope of vivid colors. This annual show is judged by expert Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges from across the country according to strict National Chrysanthemum Society standards. Hours for Saturday are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and hours on Sunday are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The theme of this year’s event, “Shades of Fall,” highlights the bold and beautiful colors of the season in Western North Carolina. Visitors will learn more about growing show-quality chrysanthemums, and flowers will be available for purchase. The weekend also provides the opportunity to explore the Arboretum’s hiking and biking trails to view the fall foliage.

Each year more than 376,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.

Shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle). For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

Local Artists Diane Bove and Michael Smith to Exhibit at UNC Asheville Blowers Gallery

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville artists Diane Bove and her son Michael Smith will present their work in a new exhibit, “Capturing the Essence,” at UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery, June 2-July 27. Bove, a painter, works in bright acrylics. Smith is a fabric artist and uses the shibori dye process. An opening reception with the artists will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Gallery.

Blowers Gallery, located in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, is free and open to the public. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, with some additional evening and weekend viewing hours. For gallery hours and more information, call 828.251.6436, or visit the Ramsey Library online calendar.

New Expo for Pet Enthusiasts Comes to the Ag Center

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

FLETCHER, NC – Unifour Exposition Management, LLC is very excited to announce the 1st annual Asheville Pet Expo to be held April 2 and 3, 2011 at the Western NC Agricultural Center. The show will offer pet products, trainers, veterinarians, rescue organizations, humane societies, kennel/daycare facilities, pet products, groomers, fence companies, artists, massage providers and so much more, all in one place. The Asheville Pet Expo will highlight local, regional and national pet industry companies. Pet owners and prospective pet owners will have the opportunity to shop for the products and services available to provide the utmost care for their pets. It will be two fun-filled days of vendors, entertainment, demonstrations, adoptions, education, animals socializing and just plain fun!

Asheville has been ranked one of the top 10 pet friendly cities in the United States by Liviability.com due to the its abundance of pet friendly parks and trails, quality veterinary care, activity of its non-profit/rescue organizations, its many boutiques, fido seating at many restaurants, and much more… So, what better place to have a Pet Expo!

Entertainment will include Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix, a slapstick comedy act like no other. Johnny leads over a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks in this wonderful show. Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone! A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society in 1972. Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House! A show for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us, the show stars mostly dogs rescued from shelters or pounds.

The Asheville Pet Expo is being held in Expo Building of the Western NC Agricultural Center. Expo hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2nd and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 3rd. Daily adult admission is $7.00 and ages 6 to 15 are $5.00. Children 5 & under are FREE. Parking at the Ag Center is FREE. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Cash only please. Leashed pets are welcomed. Find us on Facebook! Vendors interested in booth space may call Carl at 828.217.3827 or Karen at 828.308.1987 or visit www.ashevillepetexpo.com for more information.

Asheville Cultural Arts Division Seeking Artists

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Cultural Arts Division of City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is seeking artist instructors, demonstrators, and performers for cultural arts programming throughout Asheville.

Artists are invited to submit portfolios of their current work along with a resume, letter of interest, and references. Artists may submit as individuals or as teams.

The application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2011.  All application materials must be submitted online through CaFÉ™ at  www.callforentry.org.  There are no fees for artists to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.

The Cultural Arts Division works with instructors, demonstrators and performers to provide hands-on art classes, demonstrations or performances to children, teens, adults, and seniors throughout the community.

Art forms may include, but art not limited to, all two-dimensional art forms (including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, encaustic, etc.), all three dimensional art forms (including sculpture, metal working, woodworking, ceramics, furniture making, etc.), dance, music, theater, circus arts, new media, textile arts, folk art, paper arts, bookmaking, candle making, literary arts, etc. All art forms are welcome.

This call is open to all artists age 18 years and older who currently live or work in Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Henderson, Transylvania, and Haywood Counties. Visiting artists and performers are welcome to submit qualifications for times they are in town.

Opportunities are available to artists, demonstrators and performers to attend community meetings to ask questions about the process and CaFE™.

Current meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, December 15 at 2pm At Fine Arts League
  • Saturday, December 18 at 11am at Recreation Park
  • Wednesday, January 12 at 2pm At Fine Arts League
  • Monday, January 31 at 6pm at Recreation Park
  • Thursday, February 10 at 6pm At Fine Arts League

Additional dates will be scheduled.

For detailed information and to submit online, visit  www.callforentry.org or contact Diane Ruggiero, Superintendent of Cultural Arts at  [email protected] or 828-259-5815.

Wine Studio of Asheville Hosts Soul Hope Event

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Tis the season to give back to those in need! Sunday December 5th is a chance to support Sole Hope at the Wine Studio of Asheville. Sole Hope’s mission is to support widows, orphans, and other people living in Africa by providing quality shoes for those in need. The event will be a wine tasting and benefit  for Sole Hope.

It’s a way to try  wonderful wines through a local wine bar, and support people in need. Beautiful silk screened posters by James Gaffney, along with other artists, including photography from Zambia. Begins at 4.30pm at 169 Charlotte Street. 100% of proceeds to benefit Sole Hope. www.solehope.com

Marshall Handmade Market Takes Place This Weekend

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

MARSHALL, NC – This weekend visit the Marshall Handmade Market, just North of Asheville on Saturday November 20th from 10am-5pm. Work by over 50 regional artists and exhibitors will be featured, along with music by the Butter Holler String Band and the Madison County Scotch Hoppers dance group.
Event takes place at the Marshall High Studios, a historic 1925 highschool building that was converted into artists studios in 2007 located in downtown Marshall. A great way to visit a historic part of the Western North Carolina mountain, view unique work by local craftspeople and artisans, and purchase one of a kind holiday gifts. Open to the public and free. Visit http://www.marshallhandmade.com for additional information and directions to the market.