February 2, 2017

Asheville Art Museum February Events

February 11,2017 from 10 AM-2 PM: Introduction to Screen-Printing. One of the most versatile printing methods, screen-printing uses simple tools and can be applied to a wide range of materials. Participants in this workshop are introduced to the practical and artistic forms of screen-printing and techniques such as open screen, photo silkscreen, paper block-outs and flocking through demonstrations, experimentation and discussion.
Instructor Kevin Hogan was born in Liverpool, England. He makes sculptural installations, paintings, prints, drawings and mixed-media artwork. His earlier work was almost entirely black and white, focusing more on line and shape within the work. His experimentation with printmaking led to an exploration of color. He has exhibited in North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, New York, France and Germany.

Space is limited; register by February 7. Click here to register or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122 for more information.

February 19,2016 at 3 PM at Biltmore United Methodist Church - Pianoforte with Les Downs. Dr. Leslie Downs is active as both a solo and a collaborative pianist. He has performed in solo, lieder, chamber, and choral concerts throughout the United States and in Canada. He has also served as music director for regional musical theatre productions. For 16 years he worked as a freelance pianist/teacher/vocal coach in New York City. He currently serves as Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.

The program will include works by Joseph Haydn, Manuel de Falla, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Claude Debussy, Alexander Scriabin and Isaac Albéniz.

Pianoforte concerts fill up quickly; click here to purchase tickets online or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.

February 24, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 PM at Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top, 2 Huntsman Place in Asheville NC - TOAST Asheville. As the Museum is "Making It New" during construction, they are also re-inventing the annual TOAST Asheville event and are excited to be partnering this year with Hi-Wire Brewing. The evening will be a festive gathering with plenty of unique Hi-Wire beers and partner wines to sample, local tasty food, brewery tours, and a silent auction. Entertainment is generously provided by Appalatin, whose foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music.

All proceeds from this event support the Asheville Art Museum’s ongoing exhibitions and programming. For tickets to this event, you may purchase online or call 828.253.3227.

Asheville Art Museum Work of the Week: Squid Under Pier by Minna Citron. Minna Citron (1896-1991) was a painter and printmaker best known for her Social Realist images of New York City. Citron studied at the Art Students League with John Sloan and Kenneth Hayes Miller, and she later was associated with a group of Realist painters known as the 14th Street School. In the late 1930s she taught art and painted murals for the Works Progress Administration. By the early 1940s, abstraction became her primary style.

Minna Citron, Squid Under Pier, 1948, Color Intaglio and Stencil, 16 x 19.5 inches. 2010 Collectors’ Circle Purchase. Permanent Collection. 2011.01.01.60.

January 26, 2017

The Asheville Art Museum Current Events

Yanka Kostova Carolina Day School Award Winner
January 27, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM, 175 Biltmore Avenue (the "pop up" location during renovations and construction) in Asheville NC - The Museum On the Slope. Celebrate the official opening of the Slope Gallery with a reception. Enjoy snacks and drinks, browse the gift shop and be the first to view the award-winning student artwork on view in the 2017 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition. The exhibit continues through February 26.

With major construction happening at 2 S. Pack Square in 2017, The Museum has moved to a pop-up location. Free admission! Current hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 1-5 PM.  What’s there? Our Gift Shop is open, and our first exhibition opens January 28. We also have an education studio to hold some programming, and our staff offices have temporarily moved to this location.

January 27, 12:00 PM at the Asheville Art Museum On the Slope - Art Break: Multimedia Storytelling. Last fall the Museum collaborated with UNC Asheville as a case study for Multimedia Storytelling for Journalism students. Each student selected an artwork, artist, or topic related to the Museum’s Permanent Collection to profile in multiple media formats. Students researched story ideas, interviewed sources, designed compelling stories and produced narratives to connect people with art. View for a screening of the student’s videos and a Q&A with Dr. Sonya DiPalma, Professor of Mass Communications.

Kenneth Noland courtesy of Asheville Art Museum

Work of the Week: NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST by Kenneth Noland. Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) was born in Asheville, NC. He was exposed to art at an early age by his mother, who was an amateur musician, and his father, a painter. After service in the Air Force, he returned to Asheville and attended Black Mountain College, where he was introduced to Bauhaus principles and color theories. 

January 18, 2017

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Opening Reception and Tour

January 20, 2017    The Good Making of Good Things: Opening Reception and Tour at The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design    

A special exhibition tour to kick off the 2017 exhibition season. The Good Making of Good Things investigates Craft Horizons, a watershed publication, which ran from 1941-1979, and explores how the magazine documented and shaped the concept of craft as a movement, career, way of life, and cultural phenomenon. 6:30 - 8:30 PM, free and open to the public.  

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design is located at 67 Broadway Street, in Asheville NC.

December 12, 2016

This Week at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum 
Christmas Sing-Along at  (BRAHM)

Come sing in Christmas at BRAHM with the wintertime sing-along. Enjoy cider while sharing carols and other Christmastime tunes. Host Saro Lynch-Thomason will teach a few songs from English wassailing traditions, a practice going back to medieval times in which peasants would sing for cider, gifts and food at the homes of nobles. Participants are welcome to bring seasonal songs good for singing in groups.

Exhibits now open at BRAHM:
EVERYMAN JACK: STORIES and ILLUSTRATIONS BY GAIL E. HALEY - December 3, 2016 - March 25, 2017
Image Credit: Gail Haley. Original illustration from Jack and the Bean Tree. Mixed media on wood panel. Private collection.
“Everyman Jack” takes a detailed look at over one hundred original prints and illustrations created by Gail E. Haley for several of her books, including “My Kingdom for a Dragon,” “Mountain Jack Tales,” “Birdsong,” “The Green Man,” and “A Story, A Story.” Haley is best known today as an artist, illustrator, and writer of children’s books. She has written and illustrated close to 50 books throughout her career. She is the only person to have received both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for art. Haley’s original prints and illustrations from 10 of her books make up this exhibition. Many more of her books are available to read within the gallery. 

ANDY WARHOL: SIX SILKSCREEN PRINTS - November 19, 2016 - April 8, 2017 

 American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was the leading figure in the Pop Art movement during the 1960s. He launched his career with his well-known Campbell’s Soup can paintings. He is recognized for the work he and his assistants developed in his Warhol Factory in New York City, where printmaking, painting, photography, and film were employed to churn out thousands of works of art. Warhol redefined the artist’s role in the creation of artwork, the art market, and the recycling of popular imagery as high art. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, established in 1987, completed years of planned giving through the donation of his unsold work to educational institutions around the world, including the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC. This exhibition features six original silkscreen prints from the Turchin’s permanent collection that are out-of-edition. This means that they were created during the original print run, but did not make the cut when Warhol decided what would be included in the final print release. 

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum  is located at 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC.

November 17, 2016

Pianoforte with Grace Lee Concert Sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum

November 20, 3:00 PM - Pianoforte with Grace Lee. Museum and Biltmore UMC Members: $8 + tax ($7 children). Non-Members: $16 + tax ($15 children). Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road in Asheville NC.

Lee is an avid performer, educator, and conference lecturer across the U.S. She holds a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance and a post-master’s certificate in music theory pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; a master of music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music; and a bachelor of music and artist diploma from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

She has performed in master classes of internationally renowned pianists Kevin Kenner, Boaz Sharon, William Westney, Simone Dinnerstein, Jacques Després, Pascal Rogé, Jeremy Denk, Dror Biran, Joel Hastings, André Watts and Byron Janis.

November 12, 2016

River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll this Weekend in Asheville NC

November 12 - 14, 2016    River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll   The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. 

There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. An Information Booth will be located at the 5-points intersection of Depot St. across from the Clingman Café.

Find more Asheville Crafts, Studios and Galleries on our
Asheville NC Visitor Guide