Art – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Philip DeAngelo Studio’s Celebrates 10 Years With Anniversary Party http://ashevilleblog.com/philip-deangelo-studios-celebrates-10-years-anniversary-party/ http://ashevilleblog.com/philip-deangelo-studios-celebrates-10-years-anniversary-party/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:12:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11863 Asheville artist Philip DeAngelo is celebrating 10 years in the Wedge Building of Asheville‘s historic River Arts District. Please come celebrate with us on Second Saturday, December 8th from 4:00 - 6:30pm.

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Asheville artist Philip DeAngelo is celebrating 10 years in the Wedge Building of Asheville‘s historic River Arts District. They invite you to come celebrate with them on Second Saturday, December 8th from 4:00 – 6:30pm.

Artist, gallery owner, art publisher and art consultant, DeAngelo has spent more than 20 years in the fine arts business. Like so many others, it only took one visit to Asheville in 2007 to know that he was home.

“I have never experienced the arts culture in the way I have in Asheville. There is an energy here and a voracious appetite for fine art & craft in these mountains. Whether it’s paintings, pottery, music, dance, theatre or food, it is created with joy & consumed with appreciation.”

Philip DeAngelo Studio would like to invite you to their 10 Year Anniversary Party. “We are so thankful for Asheville and our wonderful patrons that allow us to do what we do. So many of our clients have become dear friends and we would like to celebrate those friendships by throwing a party.”

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Wayfinding banners help support River Arts District vitality during RADTIP construction http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/ http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:05:16 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11705 With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

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With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

One way to support the vitality of this business district is a $25,000 City-designated fund to help keep businesses open during RADTIP construction. The RAD Vitality Partnership is between the City of Asheville, the River Arts District Business Association and the River Arts District Artists Association. Explore Asheville is also hosting a website at www.explorerad.com as part of this partnership.

This work is being done as a collaboration. Members of the River Arts District Artists Association (RADA), the River Arts District Business Association (RADBA) and the City of Asheville meet monthly to review the needs of the district during construction.

The first priority for the district is installation of RAD wayfinding pole banner signs. Some 114 pole banner signs are being installed throughout the district as part of the collaboration. Area businesses raised more than $24,000 to support this initiative. The banners are designed to last through the construction project.

“The banners are helping with not only wayfinding but also beautification,” said Studio A artist Andrea Kulish, who designed the pole banners. “The banners show the breadth of artists in the district.”

The partnership will also fund a trolley for Second Saturdays and staff 14 Riverside Drive Arts and Culture Center every Saturday during the community-wide Summer of Glass extravaganza happening from now until mid-October.

“The traffic these efforts are generating has been really positive,” said 310 Art studio owner Nadine Charlsen. “We’ve had a lot more local people in the RAD.”

The collaboration between partners for this project is making an impact.

“This collaboration during RADTIP sends the message that we are open for business during construction,” said RADBA President Dave Campbell. “The community engagement has been fabulous for this project and everyone from artists, business owners, the City and other partners have all worked together.”

Designed as a business district development exercise, both RADBA and RADA are working together for the benefit of the district.

“In the past, the district hasn’t always come together. But this has been a great opportunity to use this partnership to bring everyone together for the greater good for the River Arts District,” said River Arts District Artist Association (RADA) President Chalkley Matlack.

The pole banner initiative has the potential to evolve as a method to support businesses past RADTIP construction.

“The opportunity to build the wayfinding component for the RAD at a time that will influence the permanent wayfinding is really exciting,” said Curve Studio owner Pattiy Torno.

About RADTIP

The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) is a City of Asheville multi-modal transportation project that includes the installation of sidewalks, street trees, public art, bike lanes and greenways in the River Arts District, adjacent to the French Broad River.

For more information about the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project visit the RADTIP project webpage on the City of Asheville website.

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The Diverse Expressions of Asheville Art http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/ http://ashevilleblog.com/diverse-expressions-asheville-art/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 15:15:19 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11649 There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

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There is no single set of values or aesthetic traits that defines art.  Art is made up of a highly-diverse range of activities that create visual, auditory, or performed artifacts reflective of the artist’s imagination and mood.  It is created to be appreciated for its beauty or the emotion it stimulates. Art can be a personal journey and for some, and extremely decompressing, while providing laser-sharp focus and the opportunity for perfectionism.

One of the most perfect places in the world for artistic inspiration is Asheville, North Carolina.  The Asheville arts scene is an explosion of performing arts locations, hundreds of artists, and countless art galleries.  Art festivals and events abound in this city and are woven into every aspect of Asheville life.  Art is not hidden away in Asheville; it is shouted from every vantage point.  Walls, buildings, and even underpasses, are canvases for Asheville’s creatives.

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It is an exercise in futility trying to list all of the best places to visit, so let’s look at some of the must-see attractions and a few of the unusual. Worth visiting is the Black Mountain College Art Museum and Art Center in the heart of downtown Asheville.  Artists Robert Rauschenberg and Willem de Kooning received their tutelage at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, a progressive art school opened in the 1930s.  The art center now pays homage to this legacy in the form of art exhibitions, performance arts, film and more.

Another essential visit is to the River Arts District (RAD), a former industrial zone with 22 buildings along the French Broad River that are simply teeming with artists.  The once-polluted area is now celebrated by both businesses and the local artists who work year-round.

For those who like the feeling of self-expression, there are many workshops you can take to fully-immerse yourself in the art experience.  You should pay a visit to The Village Potters, which is also in The RAD.  It is a community, with talented potters in-house, that also nurtures creative self-expression. The fully-outfitted Education Center provides ongoing classes in wheel and hand building, among other classes for beginners and intermediates, plus advanced programs for the serious potter-to-be.  You can even book your own personalized Get Your Hands Dirty workshop for yourself or a group of enthusiasts.

Photo by Takeaway
Photo by Takeaway

Asheville is famous for its beer, but a cafe latte is almost as popular. And a set of perfect microbubbles can be turned into an art experience called “latte art”, which can be found at any of the coffeehouses nestled in the middle of the RAD. There’s even a Chemistry and Latte Art workshop where baristas learn exercises on how to pour latte art. 

You can also unleash another unusual art treat when you take one of the daily glass-blowing workshops at the North Carolina Glass Center.  Using century-old techniques, visitors can make beads, cups, or even paperweights from hand-blown glass.

Asheville is an art lover’s utopia.  From the countless galleries to the milky taste of unusual latte art at a pastry shop, the experience can be a surfeit of visual experiences that will satiate even the fussiest of art lovers.  It can also be a highly-personal journey where, as a visitor, you can look for a workshop on pottery, the performing arts or anything else creative that meets your whims and fancies. Diverse choices in a diverse city make Asheville a personally therapeutic and inspired experience.

 

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Craft Your Commerce Workshop http://ashevilleblog.com/craft-commerce-workshop/ http://ashevilleblog.com/craft-commerce-workshop/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:29:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11475 The Center for Craft, UNC Asheville, and Mountain BizWorks announce Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce, a new pilot program to connect, elevate, and advance emerging and established makers/designers who have craft-inspired businesses. Using research responses from over 300 area makers/designers, the series is designed to address top identified craft business topics, share insights from professional makers with strong sector experience, and foster peer-to-peer learning. Workshop pricing is accessible ($20-40) and early-bird specials are currently available.

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Announcing the Inaugural Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce Series

The Center for Craft, UNC Asheville, and Mountain BizWorks announce Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce, a new pilot program to connect, elevate, and advance emerging and established makers/designers who have craft-inspired businesses. Using research responses from over 300 area makers/designers, the series is designed to address top identified craft business topics, share insights from professional makers with strong sector experience, and foster peer-to-peer learning. Workshop pricing is accessible ($20-40) and early-bird specials are currently available.

The inaugural series includes three interactive workshops and a five-week course, all featuring nationally acclaimed presenters at the forefront of the craft field. Craft Your Commerce, the pilot series of the newly formed Entrepreneur’s Workshop program launches March 1 and runs through May 24, 2018. Series passes are now available with early-bird pricing through February 12. Individual workshop tickets and regular priced series passes will be available starting February 13. All sessions will be held at the Center for Craft in downtown Asheville (67 Broadway). Full details are available at www.craftyourcommerce.com.

“The collective experience of the presenters is exceptional,” notes Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Craft. “The series will address many of the key questions and areas of need expressed by area makers and designers. The pilot program offers a great opportunity to advance our region’s creative sector through our partnership with UNC Asheville and Mountain BizWorks.”

The workshops will be followed by a special Mountain BizWorks Alpine cohort for those interested in integrating the strategies and tools offered in the three workshops.

“Each session will be insightful and compelling on its own, but we’ve also designed the series to progressively build on each topic,” adds Annie Milroy Price, the Mountain BizWorks business coach facilitating the workshop series and leading the Alpine Course. “We encourage participation in the whole series to get the fullest Craft Your Commerce experience.”

A summary of the Craft Your Commerce series follows:

  • March 1 – Market Positioning: The Foundation of Your Business Strategy ($20)
    Featuring Regina Connell, former Director of Communications at Heath Ceramics. Positioning is one of the most important “business” decisions you will make. This workshop will cover why positioning is foundational for your business, how to do it, and how it will inform everything from your strategy to your brand, your pricing, your partnerships and your communications.
  • March 15 – Capture & Convey: Telling Your Story Through Images ($40)
    Featuring Nicole McConville, acclaimed Asheville-based photographer and craft publishing veteran. Images are an essential tool in conveying your perspective and standing out in our visually driven world. Use strategic exercises to determine your unique entrepreneurial story and learn how to communicate it through photography that best showcases you, your work, and your values. 
  • April 10 – Sustainable Growth Strategies: Exploring Creative and Profitable Maker Pathways ($20)
    Featuring the founders of Bloodroot Blades (Athens, GA) and Alex Matisse of East Fork Pottery (Asheville, NC). Artists and makers with a growing audience often wrestle with whether, when, and how to scale their operations. This panel discussion and workshop explore ways to align your business model and practices with your long-term vision, while remaining profitable.
  • April 26 – Alpine Cohort for Makers ($375, community scholarships available through Mountain BizWorks)
    Facilitated by Annie Milroy Price of Mountain BizWorks and Birds Eye Business Planning. This 5-week cohort experience will aid existing makers and creative entrepreneurs in integrating learnings from the workshops into their business practices. The course will guide participants through a comprehensive assessment of their experience producing and selling to date, while also addressing the opportunities and challenges currently at hand.

Entrepreneur’s Workshop: Craft Your Commerce is generously funded through a partnership with UNC Asheville in an effort to connect UNC Asheville students with emerging and established makers in the community through business workshops and entrepreneurship courses. “Our students are working in all disciplines across campus to establish businesses and will greatly benefit from being included in this series of informative pre-professional workshops,” notes Brent Skidmore, UNC Asheville Public Arts and Humanities Chair. “Many of these students start their prototyping of great ideas at the STEAM Studio.”

UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is an educational space located at the River Arts Makers Place (RAMP) that engages the next generation of makers, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs, who work side-by-side with faculty and staff experts experienced in all facets of the creative process. STEAM Studio brings together innovation, design, and fabrication with equipment for 3-D modeling, as well as water jet, laser, and plasma cutters.

UNC Asheville students are eligible for workshop scholarships. Interested students should contact Brent Skidmore: bskidmore@unca.edu.

Full details and ticketing information (including early-bird pricing through February 12) can be found at www.craftyourcommerce.com.

About Center for Craft

Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. The Center has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, the Center administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field. www.craftcreativitydesign.org 

About UNC Asheville

UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts institution for the UNC system and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities. Enrolling 3,800 students and offering more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, UNC Asheville encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world. Learn more at www.unca.edu.

About Mountain BizWorks
Mountain BizWorks is a certified nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) with a mission to build a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial community in Western North Carolina by helping small businesses start, grow, and thrive. For 29 years, Mountain BizWorks has provided training and business loans to small businesses in WNC who are unable to secure funding from traditional lending sources.   www.mountainbizworks.org

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New Mural Project on Depot Street http://ashevilleblog.com/new-mural-project-depot-street/ http://ashevilleblog.com/new-mural-project-depot-street/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 23:01:02 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11238 Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce a new mural on its’ containers across the street from 342 Depot St. in the River Arts District.

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Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce a new mural on its’ containers across the street from 342 Depot St. in the River Arts District.

In a continued effort to build bridges between the River Arts District and the Southside community. Pink Dog Creative has commissioned the second of our Southside neighbors, Jenny Pickens, to design and paint a mural. Jenny grew up in the Southside community and is an accomplished artist. Her design, entitled Zolas Embrace (peaceful earth) depicts a woman stitching the world back together.

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Pickens says “With so much negative energy going on worldwide, I wanted to show mother nature repairing the world with the love that’s been lost. We all share a common goal. Peace on earth”.

Pickens will be completing the mural over the next two weeks. To see work in progress, stop by Pink Dog Creative, 342-348 Depot St.

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5 Places to Experience Local Art and Music in Marshall, NC http://ashevilleblog.com/5-places-experience-local-art-music-marshall-nc/ http://ashevilleblog.com/5-places-experience-local-art-music-marshall-nc/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:18:08 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11015 Asheville is arguably the largest hub for local arts in WNC, but by far it is not the only one. Just a short drive north, the small Madison County town of Marshall has made the most of riverside living. There are dozens of local galleries and studios, forming an enclave of artists in the midst of a renaissance.

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Asheville is arguably the largest hub for local arts in WNC, but by far it is not the only one. Just a short drive north, the small Madison County town of Marshall has made the most of riverside living. There are dozens of local galleries and studios, forming an enclave of artists in the midst of a renaissance.

If you haven’t been recently, we recommend making some time to experience the many things that this historic way station has to offer. Here are five places to see local art and music in Marshall.

Marshall High Studios

The epicenter of local arts in town are the Marshall High Studios, a former high school on Blannahassett Island in the middle of the river that’s connected to downtown by a bridge. The building, which dates to 1925, was renovated and reopened in 2007 as a home for 28 artist studios. In addition to hosting working artists who specialize in numerous different media, the 28,000-square-foot facility hosts regular classes, exhibitions, and performances.

The Depot & Zuma Coffee

One Main Street mainstay in Marshall is The Depot, an old-timey general store. It’s a great community shopping spot that doubles as a performance venue on Friday nights, when local musicians strike up a soundtrack of traditional bluegrass and country music. Music can also be heard at Zuma Coffee’s regular Thursday night Zuma Jam.

Madison County Arts Center

Several other local institutions keep Marshall’s art scene humming. Since 1978, the Madison County Arts Center, also on Main Street, has presented regular exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary arts and music. The MCAC also presents classes for kids and adults on a revolving basis, including First Stage Youth Theatre, Junior Appalachian Musicians, and Junior Appalachian Visual Artists.

French Broad Institute

A couple of blocks away is the volunteer-run French Broad Institute (Of Time and The River). “The FBI,” which was opened in 2007 in a former Methodist church (built in 1912), serves the community “by providing a forum for curated collaborations, multidisciplinary performances,” and “an investigative think tank for reimagining the relationship between traditional and avant-garde arts, and between the time-based arts and the natural sciences.”

Learn More about Marshall

Marshall, population 800, is the Madison County seat and sits on the banks of the French Broad River some 20 miles north of Asheville. Read more about Marshall, see more photos, or search for homes in the area from the Beverly-Hanks Marshall community page.

 

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Franklin School of Innovation Students Place Mural in Asheville Outlets Food Court http://ashevilleblog.com/franklin-school-innovation-mural-asheville-outlets/ http://ashevilleblog.com/franklin-school-innovation-mural-asheville-outlets/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:36:23 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11035 As a special class project, Franklin School of Innovation art students submitted mural designs for the Asheville Outlets Food Court. The winning design is now being painted and is slated to be complete in April.

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Design Students Created and Submitted Mural which will be completed in April 2017

As a special class project, Franklin School of Innovation art students submitted mural designs for the Asheville Outlets Food Court. The winning design is now being painted and is slated to be complete in April.

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“The project has been an exciting journey for our art students,” said Katherine Robbins, Art Teacher, Franklin School of Innovation. “It is real-life experience! And, it is their first opportunity to work on a large scale project off school grounds,” Robbins continued.

The synergy between Asheville Outlets and the Franklin School of Innovation has been significant; the school will be the beneficiary for the April and August 2017 Asheville Outlets Kids Day events. In addition, Franklin School of Innovation students and educators will have interactive booths, displays and performances at the center throughout the year. These activities are designed to showcase the students’ educational process and accomplishments.

“We are proud of the work that the students from the Franklin School of Innovation are creating here at Asheville Outlets,” explains General Manager Sharon Morgan. ”The Franklin School of Innovation student mural will be a focal point at Asheville Outlets. We are so pleased to be able to highlight the amazing talents of these local students,” she continued.

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Building Miracles for Ecuador: The Undergrowth hosts benefit, art auction http://ashevilleblog.com/building-miracles-the-undergrowth/ http://ashevilleblog.com/building-miracles-the-undergrowth/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:42:27 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10642 On Nov. 6, Asheville-based artist collective The Undergrowth takes over the Block Off Biltmore for an art auction directly benefiting the Ecuadorian community.

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Asheville artist collective joins forces to build homes in Ecuador following earthquake

On Nov. 6, Asheville-based artist collective The Undergrowth takes over the Block Off Biltmore for an art auction directly benefiting the Ecuadorian community.

On April 16, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the richter scale devastated the community, resulting in 661 deaths, leaving 27,732 people injured and causing more than $3 billion worth of destruction. The Undergrowth saw this as a call to action. Working with Cardoso Y Asociados, a construction and architectural firm based in Ecuador, they aim to finance the construction of 8 houses for families who lost their homes during the earthquake. The art auction on Nov. 6 aims to fund the construction of the first house; it will take more than $160,000 to build all 8 homes.

Asheville community members can help in a number of ways. First, visual artists can donate their work for the auction. If you are a talented visual artist or know someone with a passion for making a difference in the world through the power of visual art, please reach out to The Undergrowth or at theundergrowthasheville@gmail.com. Art submissions must include a picture of work, title, description, and cost of materials.

Second, community members can attend the art auction and bid on the various works of art. After reimbursing the artists for the cost of materials, all funds will go directly toward building the homes in Ecuador.
Together, We Can Make A Difference. Together, We Rise.

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River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll and Food Drive http://ashevilleblog.com/river-arts-district-fall-studio-stroll-food-drive/ http://ashevilleblog.com/river-arts-district-fall-studio-stroll-food-drive/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:11:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10607 River Arts District Artists Aim to “Feed the Body and Soul” by collecting ½ Ton of Food for Manna at Fall Studio Stroll

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River Arts District Artists Aim to “Feed the Body and Soul” by collecting ½ Ton of Food for Manna at Fall Studio Stroll

The Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend in the Fall Studio Stroll, welcoming the public to experience and collect amazing art in the studios and galleries. This year’s Fall Stroll will “feed the body and soul,” as the Artists have teamed up with Ingles Markets and MANNA FoodBank in a Food Drive to collect non-perishable food items for our area’s needy families. There will be a dozen areas throughout the 22 participating buildings where you can donate these items.

The Artists are hoping to surpass their total from last year’s Fall Stroll (which was 721 pounds), and break Manna’s current food drive record of 1,000 pounds of food from a single event.

The River Arts District of Asheville is a mile-long cluster of working studios, galleries and eateries housed in the former industrial section of town surrounding the railroad along the banks of the French Broad River. More than 180 working studio artists, many with showrooms and galleries, are open throughout the year. During Studio Stroll, visitors are able to explore the district riding the Grey Line Trolley for free. River Arts District Artists work in such mediums as paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax and paper.

This all happens Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m in the River Arts District of Asheville. 180+ artists will be working and selling their art in their River Arts District studios.

 

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Artists, RiverLink and Zealandia Holding Company Celebrate the French Broad River http://ashevilleblog.com/artists-riverlink-zealandia-holding-company-celebrate-french-broad-river/ http://ashevilleblog.com/artists-riverlink-zealandia-holding-company-celebrate-french-broad-river/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:14:47 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10566 Asheville's premier landscape painters celebrate the French Broad River's rise from polluted obscurity to the defining element of the South's most exciting city at Of Time and the River: the Third Annual Art Show and Gala to Benefit RiverLink. The gala event will be held at the mysterious Zealandia castle, the historic 1908 Tudor Revival mansion on Beaucatcher Mountain overlooking the city of Asheville.

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Asheville’s premier landscape painters celebrate the French Broad River’s rise from polluted obscurity to the defining element of the South’s most exciting city at Of Time and the River: the Third Annual Art Show and Gala to Benefit RiverLink. The gala event will be held at the mysterious Zealandia castle, the historic 1908 Tudor Revival mansion on Beaucatcher Mountain overlooking the city of Asheville.

The event grew out of a shared joy that binds artists, activists, river enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs in connecting people to the French Broad River. John Mac Kah, painter and the show’s curator, ascribes the show’s success to the partnership between RiverLink and the contributing artists. “This organization is great to work with,” he notes. “They continue to achieve positive results for the river.”

Likewise, the region’s artists enjoy what RiverLink offers them. Christine Enochs, a contributing oil painter, frequents the many launch sites nurtured by RiverLink. “I’ve been paddling the river for years and always enjoy seeing it from the water itself, immersed in its dynamic power. Painting it is a joy and a challenge, and I am happy to share my work for the river’s continuing health and vitality.”

Contributing area artists are John Mac Kah, Christine Enochs, Paul Blankinship, Dana Irwin, Jason Rafferty, Mark Henry, Bryan Koontz, Tony Corbitt Jr., Caleb Clark, Matthew Good, Deborah Squier, Skip Rohde, Alisa Lumbreras, Cecil Bothwell, Colleen Webster, Brennen McElhaney, Rachel Clearfield, Ben Long, Carol Parks, and Peter Loewer.

The shared purpose of participating artists is bringing engagement with the river through their work. Most complete their work en plein air, remaining at riverside locations while painting and avoiding the use of photographs. Attendees in 2014 and 2015 appreciated not only the spirit of the event but the year’s collections of newly-created artwork, which boasted a variety of approaches and techniques. There were sumptuous botanical renderings of local flora and moody renderings of abandoned riverside buildings in walnut ink brewed by the artists.

At this year’s event there will be a large map indicating the locations where the artists painted their works of art along the river’s 218-mile run that straddles North Carolina and Tennessee. This year’s gala event also features the music of renowned composer and cellist Ron Clearfield, who has recorded with Paul McCartney and Steve Martin. Clearfield brings a modern sensibility to his classical training and is known for his soulful compositions. Whole Foods is graciously providing food, while Sierra Nevada Brewery is donating beer.  5 Walnut Wine Bar is supplying wine.

Zealandia, the gala’s venue, was built by Philip Henry in 1889 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It boasts a grand staircase and oak woodwork, with ample room for paintings by this year’s 18 artists spread over two stories.

Tickets for the event are  available at http://riverlink.org/product/time-river-3rd-annual-art-gala/

RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River’s watershed by providing public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, by reclaiming contaminated land for public use, through greenway development, by creating overnight camping sites, through adaptive reuse of historic structures, by educating the public and students about the importance of the river and by empowering 2,800 volunteers annually. Anyone living in or travelling to Asheville is impacted by their work. Empty a generation ago, now the French Broad River is host to hundreds of paddlers, anglers and tubers on a daily basis. Mirrored by parks on its left bank, the French Broad and its greenway curl through the city like a jade necklace.

What: Third annual Of Time and the River – a benefit art show

When: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, 6-9pm

Where: Zealandia castle on Beaucatcher Mountain, Asheville

Why: To benefit Riverlink

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