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43rd LEAF Festival Lineup Announcement

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To the dreamers, wanderers and believers of infinite possibility, LEAF is excited to unveil the lineup of performing artists for the Fall 2016 LEAF Festival, taking place October 20-23, 2016 near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC. We invite you explore a ‘Carnival of Wonder’ with performances by Balkan Beat Box, Beats Antique, Squirrel Nut Zippers and many more! Be prepared for performances that will ignite your imagination with a family adventure you will remember forever. Tickets are available at www.theLEAF.org/tickets. Children 10 years and under are FREE.

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SeatWeavers’ Guild 9th Annual Gathering Comes to The Folk Art Center

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The 9th Annual Gathering of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc. brings the craft of chair caning to the Folk Art Center July 29-31. Asheville’s Silver River Center for Chair Caning is hosting the conference and will be having an Open House at the chair museum in CURVE Studios & Garden on Friday July 29 from 10am-6pm.

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Black Mountain Comic Con July 9, 2016

black mountain comic con

Comic Con is coming to Black Mountain. The event will include vendors and artists working in the fields of comics, anime, toys, science fiction, steam punk, or anything pop culture. The Black Mountain Comic Con will also be hosting a costume contest and encourage anyone who enjoys cosplay to come in their favorite getup. 

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Burners and Barbecue Recap and Interview

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Its Sunday morning. The ill-timed rain from the hours preceding have been swept away leaving the warehouse district shining like a psychedelic wonderland in the bright morning sun. It is 10:30, I’ve just rolled out of bed and still in my pajamas, but with camera in hand and ball cap set firmly on my bed-head, I’m ready to capture the magic and mastery of the third annual Burners and Barbecue. The artists had already been joyfully buzzing away at their work, taking advantage of the blue skies and sunshine. A cornucopia of color is being sprayed and spread on every available surface with expert precision.

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Burial Beer Hosts Moonlit Art Markets, Second Thursdays June – October

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Burial Beer Co. has announced a series of Moonlit Art Markets hosted at their brewery at 40 Collier Ave on the second Thursdays of every month beginning in June and running through October. The Markets will feature artisans and crafts people from the Asheville community displaying their work that will be available to the public for purchase from 8-11pm.

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Arts 2 People Rebrands Local Festival LAAFF

lexington avenue arts festival

Arts 2 People is a grassroots, community activist, arts and social service organization that has been working in the community on behalf of emerging arts projects for two decades. A2P produced 15 years of LAAFF, and is the group responsible for the popular landmark Lexington Gateway mural at I-240 and Lex, and several other important murals in AVL. Over the years, A2P has moved well over a million dollars around in the community, incubating hundreds of creativity-based businesses and endeavors.

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Asheville Awesome Foundation Smackdown

asheville awesome foundation

Want to find out about the next Awesome thing happening in Asheville?

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Local Artist Dreams Turn Reality With Help of Micro Loan

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Asheville has long been a mecca for free thinkers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Many move to our fair city in hopes of establishing a name for themselves and exposing their art to the eager public. With so many individuals living within Buncombe County alone, the opportunities to expand one's art and live the dream seems feasible, if not achievable.

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Asheville Gallery of Art Presents “The Nature of Things” for April Show

Tebbe Davis

Asheville Gallery of Art’s April show, “The Nature of Things,” will feature the work of new member artists, Tebbé Davis, Mark Harmon, t.e. siewert, and Kate Thayer. This will be the second show in AGA’s new gallery space at 82 Patton Avenue. The artists will present works that highlight their diverse styles as they each interpret their view of the natural world. 

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Diana Wortham Theatre Announces 2016 Emerging Artists Scholarship Winners

Emerging Artists Fund

The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina announces the 2016 Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund student scholarship winners: Luke Haaksma for his piano performance; and Michelle Padron for her spoken word poetry and theatre.

The Emerging Artists Fund is a new program to support young performers by providing scholarships for graduating Buncombe County high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts. There were 14 applicants in this inaugural year, and each submitted an application with accompanying essay, letter of recommendation from a teacher, instructor or mentor, and a video audition. Luke Haaksma and Michelle Padron are each awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice, and their talents will be showcased during a special concert on March 19, 2016 featuring stephaniesĭd at the Diana Wortham Theatre.

“We were blown away by the talent and passion exhibited by all of the students who applied for the scholarship,” said Rae Geoffrey, Associate Director of Diana Wortham Theatre. “It was difficult to choose only two of these amazing young people. Luke and Michelle are wonderful representations of the next generation who will change the future of performing arts. We couldn’t be more excited to help them along their path and to see where the future takes them.”

Luke Haaksma is a senior at Asheville High School. An accomplished pianist, he hopes to study at a conservatory program, earn a PhD in music composition, and compose scores for films. “I’ll never tire of education and I’ll never write simply for acclaim,” said Haaksma. “I only wish to develop my voice as a composer while in the company of other musicians who share my passion.”

Michelle Padron is also a senior at Asheville High School. She hopes to go to college to study theatre arts and psychology, and then use those principles to develop a form of theatre therapy geared specifically for people who have limited access to the performing arts, such as hospital patients, the incarcerated, and those in low-income inner city communities. “I chose my path at a young age, and have stuck with it,” said Padron. “I know, and have long known, that I have found my ‘thing.’”

This year’s scholarship winners will be showcased at the March 19, 2016 event with stephaniesĭd. The evening is also a benefit concert for local children through Diana Wortham Theatre’s Y.E.S. Fund. Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and irresistibly infectious live performances, stephaniesĭd is a pop-noir trio combining jazz, rock and pop to churn out wondrous and highly original tunes. In addition to their work with the band, pianist Chuck Lichtenberger and vocalist Stephanie Morgan and have contributed to the musical careers of hundreds of young artists. Chuck Lichtenberger has taught piano lessons to hundreds of children in the Asheville area since 1995. Many of his students have gone on to study music at renowned university music programs. Stephanie Morgan began her career in social work, helping emotionally traumatized kids through a wilderness therapy program, and later, counseling families through the process of fostering and adoption. She also teaches private lessons to students with an emphasis on helping them “find their voice.” The band will work with the Y.E.S. Emerging Artist award winners to integrate and showcase the students and their talent into the March 19th performance.

Video elements for the performance are also provided by student talent. Kai Lendzion is a senior at Asheville High School who plans to pursue a career in filmmaking, audio engineering, and sound design. His dream is to create soundtrack music and sound engineering for films and live performances.

The Emerging Artists Fund is an outgrowth of the Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund, which was created to make it possible for underserved students to attend Diana Wortham Theatre school programming. Scholarships, made possible by private donors, cover the cost of admission and are available to students on a free or reduced lunch program. The Y.E.S. program expanded in 2015 to cover artist workshops in local schools and the Emerging Artists Fund. Donations to the Y.E.S. Fund and its programs are accepted any time; more information at www.dwtheatre.com/Y-E-S-Fund.

Contact/Info: For more information on the Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund, visit www.dwtheatre.com/emerging-artists-fund or call the theatre at (828) 257-4530.

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