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Weaverville Art Safari Takes Place Nov. 7th – 10th

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come on out this weekend November 7th-10th to explore downtown Weaverville and see where many of the artists of the Asheville area live and work! The Weaverville Art Safari takes place only twice per year, so it’s a wonderful chance to take a self-guided tour through studios and support artists in the WNC community.

Over 40 artists participate, showcasing potters, metal-smiths, woodworkers, glass blowers, oil painters, ink drawers, quilters and many more. Tours are free and open to the public. There is an Art Safari Preview Party on Friday November 5th from 7-9pm at the Reems Creek Golf club, that includes a silent auction, food, a chance to meet the artists. $10 at the door. The fall tour guide is available to download on their website at http://www.weavervilleartsafari.com.

7th Annual ‘Doors of Asheville’ Art Show Coming Nov. 5th

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Save the date! MHO, or Mountain Housing Opportunities is preparing for for the 7th Annual Doors of Asheville, right around the corner on November 5th, 2010. MHO is committed to building homes and communities in the Asheville area through affordable home ownership, community rental investments, emergency home repair, and rural home rehabilitation.

The 2010 Doors of Asheville is a community art show and fundraiser, featuring a live auction of over 25 works of art by regional artists, with homes and homes and housing as it’s theme. All proceeds benefit the services of Mountain Housing Opportunities. The event is being held at The Venue on 21 North Market Street. Tickets are on sales now. $55 per person or $100 per couple, which includes wine, beer and hors d’oevres. Reservation are required. Go to http://www.mtnhousing.org/doors/ for more information

Grand Bohemian Hotel Art Gallery Now on Display

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grand Bohemian Hotel located in Biltmore Village invites you to tour their original gallery – The Grand Bohemian Art Gallery.  Located within the luxury hotel and resorts of the Kessler Collection, the art gallery features international and locally renowned artists. Now until November 22, come out see work by Jean Claude Roy, which includes over 100 new original paintings by this French Expressionist-colorist.

Also on display New Reflections an art exhibition by local artists Vadim Bora, Linda Mccane, Colleen Webster, Lee Monahan. In addition, work by sculptor Eric Serritella is exhibited until November 30th. Art gallery is open to the public every day, visit http://www.grandbohemiangallery.com for more information, hours, and upcoming artists exhibits.

SunTrust Bank Sponsors “Sunday Meet the Artists” at Asheville Art Museum

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to announce SunTrust Sunday “Meet the Artists” on Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Programming and Museum admission is FREE thanks to SunTrust Bank.
SunTrust Bank sponsors a Sunday afternoon of FREE Museum admission plus a chance to mix and mingle with the artists featured in this year’s Holiday Market. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments, music, shop around for great holiday gifts and support local artists. There is also a Silent Auction for more holiday gift opportunities! Be sure to take a stroll through and the Museum’s galleries and check out all four current exhibitions.
SunTrust Sundays
SunTrust Bank has graciously sponsored two Sundays this fall: October 3 and November 21. These Sundays feature FREE admission to the Museum and family-friendly programming to enrich the community. We thank SunTrust Bank for their generosity.
Image credit: Bittie Bowls, by Dawn Dalto Pottery

3rd Annual Tryon Arts and Crafts Festival, October 16 – 17

Monday, October 11th, 2010

TRYON, NC – The 3rd Annual Tryon Arts and Crafts Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 16th from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday, October 17th from 11a.m. to 5p.m.  Featuring over 40 of the finest artisans and craftspeople of the region, this 2 day event will be held rain or shine on the grounds of Tryon Arts and Crafts.  In addition to shopping for handmade, one-of-a kind arts and crafts, visitors to the festival will enjoy food from local eateries, live entertainment and fun activities for the kids.  Guests will hear a great music lineup that includes the Shane Pruitt Band, Dana and Susan Robinson, Bradley Ditto, the Red Hot Sugar Babies and Thee Inner Cirkus.

Visitors at the event will see demonstrations in pottery making, lapidary, woodturning, weaving, as well as metalworking in the forge throughout both days.  They will even be able to join in and try their hand at some of the crafts.  The atmosphere will be fun and family friendly with something for everyone!  The event is free and open to the public.  All donations will go to support the mission of Tryon Arts and Crafts.

The Festival received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

For more information, please call the office at (828) 859-8323

WNC Nature Center Celebrates 34th Annual Hey Day

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is set to host their 34th Annual Hey Day, on Saturday, October 9th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for adult Asheville city residents (must show id), $4 for children, and FREE to members of the Friends of the Nature Center. For free admission you can become a member of the Friends prior to the event at http://www.wildwnc.org/friends/become-a-member.

There is fun for the whole family at Hey Day with music on the main stage, as well as clogging, balloon sculpting and storytelling. Children’s activities and educational programs abound and include: the Pee Wee Mine, cake walks, face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and games. Plus, guests can spend the day visiting the Nature Center residents including wolves – Cody and Shalimar – our otters – Olive and Obi Wan – not to mention our famous and beloved groundhog – Nibbles.

The Friends are excited to introduce a new exhibit to their popular festival, “Wild Inspirations” an Art Sale inspired by nature in our mountain region. Wild Inspirations will include the work of local artists and focus especially on the native animals and plants at the Nature Center. Photographers and artists are donating matted photos and small pieces of art and jewelry as part of the Friends’ fundraising effort.

Celebrate the fall, and support The Nature Center while enjoying fun with your family at Hey Day! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the WNC Nature Center. The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Beloved projects that were made possible by the Friends’ support include building the Red Wolf, Gray Wolf, Cougar and Bobcat habitats. The Friends has over 2,800 members who support its activities on behalf of the Nature Center.

New Exhibit to Open at Asheville Art Museum

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum is proud to announce the dynamic exhibition The Director’s Cut: 1995 – 2010 with an opening reception on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The opening reception is free to the public. This exhibition is in the Museum’s Holden Community Gallery from Friday, October 15, 2010 through Sunday, March 13, 2011.

A new era began at the Asheville Art Museum on December 13, 1995, when Pamela Myers started her tenure as Executive Director. With prior experience at institutions including the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Strong Museum, Museum of the City of New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, she brought a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and new ideas to Asheville.

This exhibition is a celebration of Pam’s 15 years guiding the Museum through a period of extraordinary growth. By highlighting a fraction of art works that have been added to the permanent collection over this period, the exhibition serves not only to show the growth of the Museum’s collection, but the many avenues in which individuals, institutions and others have come together under Pam’s leadership to make the Museum the success it is today.

Gifts of art to the collection have always been an important part of the collection’s growth since the Museum’s inception.
Since 1995, the Museum’s collection has more than tripled to its current total of over 2,700 works. Works of art have been gifted to the Museum from the region and beyond, from artists, foundations, corporations and others. These works come from private collections and those in the art world due to Pam’s leadership. They are given to the Museum knowing they will be cared for in perpetuity and shared with and enjoyed by a wide audience.

In 2003, a group of Museum Members and supporters worked with Museum staff to found the Collectors’ Circle. This group is dedicated to both learning about collecting fine art and art connoisseurship, as well as being active supporters of the growth of the Museum’s collection through the annual purchase of works of art for the Museum. In 2007, a similar group, the Art Nouveaux, was also founded, modeled after the Collectors’ Circle but for those newer to collecting. Since their beginnings, these groups, and individual members, have added 60 works to the collection.
The founding of these two collecting groups, and their support of acquisitions, created new opportunities for the Museum to carefully and strategically plan for collections growth.

After a long and intensive process involving both Museum staff, Collections Committee members and other interested individuals, in 2008 the Museum completed work on a Collections Growth Plan. This document, which is a working document that is constantly updated, looks at the current strengths and weaknesses of the collection and provides a foundation for future growth. The Collections Growth Plan now informs the selections for the Collectors’ Circle and Art Nouveaux, as well as providing guidance for the Museum’s careful use of its limited acquisition funds.

15th Carolina Bonsai Expo Celebrates Deep Roots at N.C. Arboretum

Monday, September 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville, NC, transforms into the bonsai capital of the Southeast on October 9 and October 10 as The North Carolina Arboretum hosts the 15th Carolina Bonsai Expo. Visitors to the show will find an abundance of miniature trees and landscapes, creatively displayed at the Arboretum’s Education Center.

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.

The expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which celebrates its fifth anniversary as a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians.

This year’s guest artist is David Easterbrook, curator of bonsai at the Montreal Botanical Garden. Now in its 15th successful year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo includes an expanded bonsai and ikebana exhibit and a live auction of bonsai plants and related materials.

The two-day event features juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from throughout the southeast including Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. In addition, workshops are available for those interested in learning bonsai and ikebana techniques from master artists.

There is no charge for visitors to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo although usual parking fees apply. Visitors can purchase lunch items from the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Cafe, open during Expo hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 9 and Noon to 4 p.m. on October 10. For more information about the auction, workshops and presentations, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Exhibit of Paintings by Pat Calderone to Open at UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery

Monday, September 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery will exhibit paintings by Pat Calderone during the month of October. A meet-the-artist reception will be held from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in the Blowers Gallery on the ground floor of the Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville. The show, “Dance of the Spirit,” features works in acrylics and charcoal on canvas.

Calderone, who studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, lives near Rabun Bald, the second highest mountain in Georgia. She says her work is inspired by the Cherokee people and animals that used to inhabit that land. Calderone has exhibited at Summit One gallery in Highlands, the Globe Gallery in Clayton, Ga., and the Blue Eyed Buffalo gallery in Dillard, Ga.

“Dance of the Spirit” is on view through October 30. Blowers Gallery hours are: 8 a.m. – midnight, Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. – midnight Sundays. Blowers Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, call 828.251.6436, or go here.

Mountain Made Art Gallery Hosts ‘Recycled Art’ Exhibit

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Artist Concha Wilkinson lives in a world full of color and artistic possibilities even in the weirdest of places. She browses local thrift stores, consignment shops and yard sales with an artisan’s eye towards reclaiming other people’s thrown away ‘junk’ and ‘trash’.

Once something catches her attention, she lovingly primes and paints her recycled art treasure, using a rainbow of hues in water-based acrylics. Wilkinson says, “I’ve always been an artist, always creating in my mind, if not with paint.”

What is Recycled Art?

Recycled art can be defined as any art from recycled materials. These pieces can be fashioned from a variety of thrown away, salvaged, or scavenged items.

Artists like Wilkinson uses these found ‘environmentally-friendly’ materials and repurposes them into functional art work such as floor mats, placemats and home decor pieces.

Wilkinson will demonstrate her wonderful eco-friendly work made from recycled bottles and glass vases on Friday June 4, 5-8pm at the Mountain Made art gallery located in the Grove Arcade Public Market at 1 Page Avenue.

Whether you’re a dedicated follower of the fine arts, a weekend art walker, or a card-carrying member of your local environmental club, this recycled art exhibit hosted by Mountain Made will prove to be fascinating.