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A Celebrated Arts Destination

Asheville has been heralded as a prime arts destination by the New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure and American Style Magazine, just to name a few media accolades. Get the Asheville Travel Guide (online or print version) to plan your next visit.

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Cheap Joe’s Comes to Asheville

Cheap Joe's Asheville

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff started as a business in 1985, operating as a single shelf of art supplies in Boone's Drugs. The western North Carolina owned and operated company has since opened two locations in their hometown of Boone, and one retail store in Charlotte. Artists all over the world shop cheapjoes.com for affordably priced, high quality art supplies. Soon, Asheville residents will get to shop at Cheap Joe's in person, when they open their 7,000 square foot retail location in the River Arts District. 

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Small Business Highlight: Thistle and Pearl Tattoo

Thistle and Pearl Tattoo

Nestled among the cobblestones of Wall Street downtown Asheville, enterprising businesses have set up shop. While many locals may be familiar with the eateries available, the yoga studio, and perhaps even Love Hate Social Club, a tattoo studio owned by Miami Ink famous Ami James, few may know of the small businesses quietly tucked into the building simply known as 12 Wall Street. Those who operate out of 12 Wall Street are practitioners of sorts, ranging in scope from holistic healers to therapists, massage and otherwise. It is in this unassuming building that Thistle and Pearl Tattoo studio resides. 

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Geek Haven ApeX Opens in Black Mountain

ApeX

Are you a geek? Have you ever been in an argument about who shot first? Do the majority of your shirts have fictional characters on them? Have you ever played video games for so long you developed thumb blisters? If so, we at the Asheville Blog have found your Shangri-La.

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Asheville Community Positively Embraces 1st Annual LEAF Downtown

Downtown Asheville Leaf Festival

At the 1st Annual LEAF Downtown this past weekend, over 15,000 people gathered in Pack Square Park to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families – a grand finale to two weeks of programming around Asheville focused on supporting arts education.  LEAF Downtown included a Funky Cocktail Crawl, which launched on July 17thBootsy Funk Dynasty Day, held at New Mountain AVL on July 31st; the LEAF Art Dash 5K, which looped through downtown Asheville on August 1st; the unveiling of the Unfolding LEAF stage (U-LEAF) on August 1st; and the weekend long event on August 1st and 2nd.  In addition to high public attendance, the event hosted 75+ VIPs, approximately 100 volunteers, 100+ staff and 500+ individual youth and adult artists performed on the Downtown Stage, Café’ Stage, Community Arts/U-LEAF stage and/or the three Busker Bazaars.

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Off The Wall at Rhetorical Factory

Rhetorical Factory Asheville

Friday July 17th Rhetorical Factory will be featuring the art of Cindy Kunst of CLicKs Photography. Kunst has been creating photographic art in Asheville for years, both journalistic and abstract. So much of how she uses her camera is inspired by her ability to connect with her subjects; reading the CLicKs website and blog will give you an idea of all the varied events and niches of Asheville culture she is a part of. Just a few years ago Cindy hired Rhetorical Factory to make a screen print for her photography uniform. Bethany Adams, owner and artist of the local shop, took a photo of Cindy’s first camera ever, and made a design. The Clicks uniform shirts are printed at Rhetorical Factory with that camera design and the Clicks logo on second hand clothes that Cindy supplies. The camera print is a part of the Rhetorical Factory original collection as well.

When Adams invited CLicKs to be the featured artist for the store in July the creative wheels started to turn. Kunst was inspired to get her art “off the wall” and came to Rhetorical Factory with the idea for another collaboration: fabric printed with her art, sewn into clothing by Bethany Adams. The two have been developing the idea ever since, and it will culminate with the opening at Rhetorical Factory at 444 Haywood Road in West Asheville Saturday night with refreshments starting at 4pm and music by local guitarist Bryan Steele from six to nine pm. Garments at the showing will be samples, with any of the clothing styles available in any of the featured prints, made-to-order. The walls will bear our collaborative photography surrounding the collection as well as unique glass tile pieces Kunst has designed to complement the collection will also be for sale. You are invited to come get inspired by local art!

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Asheville Outdoor Center Hosts Sunset River Arts Festival to Benefit WNC Advocacy League

Blue Ridge Sunset

In the middle of April planning began for a series of events to be held at the Asheville Outdoor Center to benefit WNC Advocacy League. The owners and staff of Asheville Outdoor Center have a deep passion and appreciation for the local arts movement, and were hoping to find a way to celebrate and promote that. They just happened to reach out at the right moment to the founder of WNC Advocacy League who is equally passionate and motivated. Together they are bringing the area the First Annual Asheville Sunset Arts Festival to be held on June 20th, 2015, from 4pm to 10pm at the Asheville Outdoor Center, right on the river at 521 Amboy Rd. Asheville.

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River Arts District Celebrates Mothers’ Day with Two-Day Studio Stroll and Art Sale

River Arts District Studio Stroll

The Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend in the Spring Studio Stroll and Art Sale, welcoming the public to experience and collect amazing art in the studios and galleries in which the inspiration flows. Come be inspired, shop, meet the artists and watch live demonstrations. Saturday and Sunday, May 9th and 10th 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Blackberg Creative Studio Opens on Asheville’s South Slope

blackberry creative studio

A new business is coming to 120 Coxe Ave on Asheville's quickly growing South Slope. Neighbor to Vortex Doughnuts, Wicked Weed, and Twin Leaf Brewery, the new BlackBerg Creative Studio offers customers something other then beer and food. BlackBerg caters to the creative types that are always on the look for new and different crafts. The brainchild of Stephanie Mergelsberg, this new spot is a hybrid of craft store, classroom space, and studio space open to anyone with a project to use. 

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS: LEARN HOW TO BE A CITY ART CONTRACTOR

Calling All Artists: Learn how to be a city art contractor

Join RiverLink and Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city. We are pleased to offer these special two hour interactive FREE information sessions at RiverLink's Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12. The next program will be held on September 25, with a final date of October 29.

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Busy Weekend in Asheville: All Go West Fest & Geek Out

Busy Weekend in Asheville: GeekOut and All Go West Fest June 7th & 8th

Happening June 7th, 2014 the second All Go West Fest is happening in West Asheville. There will be three stages set up with bands playing starting at 11 am until 1 am. Three stages will be used, so pick and choose your bands wisely. Find bands at Isis, The Mothlight, and an outdoor stage (location of the outdoor stage is to be announced.) All Go West is an entirely free event, so be sure to show your local love and buy a beer (or two, or three...) from the venues that offer a fine variety of wares. Unlike last year, Taste of the West - the VIP portion of All Go West is not happening, but we hope to see it back next year. In the meantime, check out the list of amazing artists that are performing June 7th.

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