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‘Comic Stripped’ Exhibit at Mountain Heritage Center

Friday, February 8th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Featuring a combination of rare original art and artifacts, the exhibit “Comic Stripped: A Revealing Look at Southern Stereotypes in Cartoons” is now on display at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Developed by Tom Hanchett, staff historian and curator at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, the exhibit will be shown in Gallery C at the Mountain Heritage Center through Tuesday, May 14.

Works in the exhibit range from 1860s political cartoons by Thomas Nast to Billy De Beck’s “Snuffy Smith,” Doug Marlette’s “Kudzu” and character sketches, background art and storyboards from the television cartoon sitcom “King of the Hill,” on loan from the show’s executive producers.

The exhibit’s artifacts include rare vintage comic books and memorabilia, an authentic Wilkes County moonshine jug, and a hillbilly coat and hat worn in parades by the “Hillbilly Clan” of the Shrine Club.

“I feel that ‘Comic Stripped’ provides a fun way to explore a serious subject – how public perception has historically been shaped and continues to be influenced by mass media and how stereotypes can sometimes be true and sometimes misleading,” said Pam Meister, curator at the WCU museum. “I think visitors will enjoy the wit and humor of this exhibit while coming away with some new insights into their own perceptions of ‘southern.’”

The Mountain Heritage Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129.

Bele Chere 2013 Now Accepting Applications for Arts and Craft Exhibitors

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is now accepting applications for arts and crafts exhibitors in all mediums for the 35th annual Bele Chere Festival on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 2013.  All applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 8, 2013.  In addition to the application form, artists must submit photographs of their work and the appropriate application fee.

Applications and additional information are available at www.belecherefestival.org or by contacting Kristin Perez at (828) 259-5800 or [email protected].

All applications will be juried by a panel of local arts professionals.  More than 100 quality handmade artists will be accepted and eligible for awards.

Information about the 2013 Bele Chere Festival is available online at www.belecherefestival.com or by calling the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department at 828-259-5800.

Bele Chere is the largest free street festival in the Southeast, with an attendance of approximately 275,000 annually and is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio of Asheville.  The festival is produced by the City of Asheville in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors.

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day to Showcase Regional Arts and Crafts

Friday, September 9th, 2011

CULLOWHEE, NC – Some 90 booths of Western North Carolina‘s finest handmade arts and crafts will be on display as Western Carolina University presents its festival of traditional mountain culture, Mountain Heritage Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Festival activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the WCU campus in Cullowhee.

Admission and parking are free.

The arts and crafts show at the 37th annual Mountain Heritage Day will feature items such as basketry, ceramics, fiber work, glasswork, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, pottery and woodwork. A festival committee reviews the creations of all arts and crafts show applicants to ensure high quality, and those who present the best works are recognized with awards.

Taking his place once again this year in the lineup of arts and crafts vendors will be Maggie Valley native Terance Painter, who received the festival’s “Best in Show” award last year for his ceramics.

Painter’s roots go deep into Western North Carolina’s crafts tradition. He is the great-great-grandson of Joseph Penland, a potter who worked in the Candler area beginning about 1840.

Painter enrolled as a student at WCU in 1975, and a year later, he sold his works at Mountain Heritage Day for the first time as a member of the Arts Students League from that organization’s festival booth. He manned his own booth in 1979 and has displayed and sold his creations at every Mountain Heritage Day since.

Painter graduated from WCU with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in printmaking. He has been a full-time potter since 1980, and his work now focuses on functional wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain in a variety of colorful glazes.

In addition to high-quality arts and crafts, visitors at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day will find three stages of continuous mountain music and clogging, 25 booths of tempting festival food, demonstrations of Cherokee stickball and other Cherokee games, shape-note singing and an antique auto show. The festival’s Children’s Tent will provide entertaining activities for younger visitors throughout the day, and kids also will enjoy free wagon rides and hayrides.

Mountain Heritage Day also offers a variety of fun contests, including a woodcutting competition with chain saws and crosscut saws, old-fashioned attire contests for children and adults, and a beard and moustache contest for men.

Demonstrations of authentic mountain folk arts and skills will include corn shuck crafts, spinning, Cherokee beadwork and doll-making, blacksmithing, chair-making and black-powder shooting.

WCU’s museum of Appalachian culture, the Mountain Heritage Center, will be open during Mountain Heritage Day and will feature a free performance by “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show.

Mountain Heritage Day goes on, rain or shine. Pets are not allowed on festival grounds, but service animals are welcome. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Shuttles operate throughout the day, with stops at designated locations.

For more information, go to www.MountainHeritageDay.com on the Web or call 828-227-7129.

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

Carolina Mountain RibFest 2010 Scehuled for July 9-11

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

FLETCHER, NC – The Carolina Mountain Ribfest will return to the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds July 9, 10, 11, 2010. The event features mouth watering BBQ ribs, chicken, and pulled pork prepared by world class, award winning barbecue rib vendors from around the country. Savor all the traditional side dishes, beverages, desserts and comfort foods as well. You can vote for your favorite, the Best Ribs and Best Sauce will win the Golden Pig Award.

To work off that stuffed feeling, you can browse and shop the expanded commercial exhibits and arts and crafts area. Enjoy the full Carnival with spectacular adult and children’s rides and games. On Saturday there’s also the Bike Show and Sunday you can check out the Custom and Classic Car Show. There is food and fun for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs and beach blankets and enjoy the day. The Carolina Ribfest is a featured event in Southern Living magazine’s “Big Book of Barbecue”.

A full line up of top name entertainment will perform each day with the following entertainers currently scheduled to appear:

Friday, July 9:

Delta Highway – Memphis Blues

Victor Wainwright and Wildroot – Blues

Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Long Legs – Blues

Saturday, July 10:

Goose Creek Symphony – Their own brand of music

Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys – Zydeco/Blues/2 Step,/p>

Angela Easterling and The Beguilers – Americana/Folk/Roots Music

Wolf Creek Country – Americana/Bluegrass/Country

The Leigh Glass Band – Americana/Blues/Rock

The New Relics – Country

Sunday, July 11:

Balsam Range – Bluegrass/Acoustic

The Flying Saucers

The Silver Revival – Oldies Rock

Cici Jansen – Country

Hours are Friday 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 11 am to 11pm, and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $6.00 daily for adults, children under 12 years are admitted free with adult. The Western Carolina Agricultural Center is located adjacent to the Asheville Airport at exit #40 off I-26 between Asheville and Hendersonville, N.C. The Carolina Mountain Ribfest is produced by Western Carolina Productions, Inc. and sponsored by Yuengling Brewers, Skyland Distributing and Pepsi Cola. For additional information call 828-628-9626 or visit www.ribfests.com.

Downtown Market Celebrates Expansion this Weekend with Opening of Amazing Savings

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Market invites everyone to celebrate this Saturday, March 27th as Amazing Savings Grocery re-opens in the Market’s 6,000 sq ft warehouse becoming downtown Asheville’s only FULL-sized grocery store. You are cordially invited to join them as they grill (FREE) hot dogs and hamburgers for the masses from Noon to 3pm on Saturday.

We have another exciting project that will be completed in time for this weekend’s festivities. Focal Points, the Market’s new consignment gallery for fine arts & antiques, will celebrate their Grand Opening featuring 18 new merchant booths. Enjoy live music from great local musicians all weekend long — well-knowns including local River 98.1 morning radio host and singer Aaron Lafalce, Lindsey Liden and his Chompin’ at the Bit String Band, Black Mountain vocalist Valorie Miller, American Folk Singer & songwriter Matt VandeBurgh, Accordion player Brett Brothwell, and singer/guitarist Jimmy Jeff, among others. Our talented artists & crafters and our amazing merchants will offer sweet weekend deals on art and treasures! Enjoy delicious foods, sampling, children’s activities, our own Robo the Clown (alias Jesse Cowan), and an open-invitation Sat/Sun chess tournament. Come on down and celebrate all weekend long!

Asheville Civic Center Sells Out Another Show

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Over 2,200 music fans will converge on downtown Asheville Tuesday night for a sold out concert at Asheville Civic Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. “An Evening with Furthur” will take stage at 8 p.m. but downtown Asheville will be rocking much earlier as fans fill downtown parking decks, shops and restaurants before landing at Thomas Wolfe when doors open at 7 p.m.

Parking will be available in the three city parking decks, the county parking deck or in privately owned pay-lots, all of which are within 10 minutes walking distance of the Asheville Civic Center. Concert goers should obey all no parking signs as some privately owned lots enforce 24-hour towing. Backpacks are not allowed.

Over half of the tickets were sold to fans from out of town so area hotels will also benefit from the economic impact of the event. “We are excited to continue to bring this level of destination entertainment and economic activity to Asheville,” said Sam Powers, Economic Development Director for the City of Asheville.

The Furthur concert marks the third time in the last 60 days that full house events have taken place at the Civic Center. The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam and the Avett Brothers played to full houses in excess of 6,000 in the arena in December. A sold out Willie Nelson concert scheduled for Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Jan. 31. would have been a fourth sold out show but was postponed due to inclement weather and later canceled.

The Asheville Civic Center is operated by the City of Asheville and is a regional destination for outstanding entertainment, trade shows and events. The Civic Center offers Western North Carolina diverse entertainment from concerts and sporting events to family shows and performing arts.

The facility is located in the heart of downtown Asheville’s arts and entertainment scene.

American Eagle Announces Nonstop Jet Service Between Asheville and Dallas

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin nonstop seasonal jet service between Asheville Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, beginning April 6. Eagle will operate the service through Oct. 31, with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jets.

“American Eagle is delighted to introduce seasonal service between American’s largest hub and Asheville, famous for its thriving arts community, outdoor adventures and historic sites,” said Gary Foss, Vice President – Planning and Marketing for the AMR Regional Network. “Visitors can enjoy all the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the fabulous Biltmore House, while Asheville customers gain convenient connections through Dallas/Fort Worth to destinations throughout American’s vast global network.”

“We are thrilled to be working with American Airlines to create new opportunities for travel through DFW and the expansive American Airlines network,” said Lew Bleiweis, Airport Director, Asheville Regional Airport.