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

October 29, 2016

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair this Weekend in Asheville NC

 October 28 - 30, 2016     Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair  Hosted by the  Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, in the McGough Arena in Asheville NC.  The event includes 100’s of animals, crafters, workshops and demonstrations,  See spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and much more.

Join a workshop class to improve your skills - choose from dozens of subjects -  or just enjoy browsing and shopping the beautiful and unique apparel and wearable art at SAFF. 

Fri. and Sat. 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sun. 9:00AM-4:00PM, Admission $5 per day10 for all 3 days, Youth under 13 yrs. old free.

October 21, 2016

Penland School of Crafts Resident Artists "Rock Stars" Earn Prestigious Fellowships

Penland’s resident artists spend three years living on campus and working as self-supporting artists in their field. Their time at Penland is designed as an opportunity for them to deepen their studio practice, push technical and conceptual boundaries, or explore entirely new directions in their work.

The pieces that come out of each of the resident studios at The Barns are amazing, and the School takes pride to have such talented artists calling Penland home. Recently, three residents were recognized for their outstanding work with prestigious fellowships.

Annie Evelyn, “The Scotty,” aluminum, collaboration with Scotty Albrecht
Annie Evelyn
2016 John D. Mineck Fellowship by the Society of Arts and Crafts. The $25,000 award is presented “to encourage and support a young-in-career furniture artist… who demonstrates skill and commitment to their craft.” Annie plans to use the award to purchase tools to outfit her shop post-Penland. She envisions the space as a well-equipped communal studio that will also serve as a venue for community workshops, exhibitions, and events. “Annie’s spirit of community, generosity, and mentorship shined in her application, and will serve her well as she leaves the Penland community and establishes her studio,” the Society of Arts and Crafts stated. Annie is known for her explorations into hard/soft surfaces and applying traditional upholstery techniques to materials like wood, concrete, and metal.

Andrew Hayes, “Dure,” steel, book pages, paint
Andrew Hayes
Artist Fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council for 2017. The fellows are chosen every two years from a talented pool of choreographers and visual, craft, and film/video artists. The Arts Council describes Andrew’s singular book and steel sculptures as “improbable objects of beauty.” They elaborate: “Formally, his sculpture has the spare elegance of mid-century modernism, each one an icon of untold meaning. But as much as his work may recall past styles and forms, it also boldly writes its own history and engages the viewer on its own terms.”
Andrew Hayes was honored as one of seventeen recipients of $10,000

Jaydan Moore, “Ends,” found silver-plated platters
Jaydan Moore
North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowships. He works in metals, primarily with found silver-plated platters and other serviceware that he carefully deconstructs, recombines, and reassembles into new forms. As the Arts Council explains, these pieces “gain a protean quality as they transition to the next stage in their evolution, one that honors their past purpose and history and, at the same time, looks forward to the possibility of something unexpected.”

The Penland resident artists will hold an open studio  October 21 at The Barns between 7-9 PM to meet the residents, see their spaces, and get a feel for their recent work.

This information was provides by The Penland Scketchbook, the blog of Penland School of Crafts.