April 30, 2010

Penland Summer Open Classes

Penland School of Crafts, Penland ( near Spruce Pine) North Carolina. Summer enrollment is clicking along and a number of classes are filled, but there are classes in every studio that have open spaces (yes, that includes glass and clay). Here is a list of everything that's currently open  which will be updated weekly. Keep checking even if the class you want is currently full, ast there are cancellations. Also, after May 1, you can have your name added to a class waiting list without paying a processing fee. Enrolment continues  until a class is full or until it's underway--no penalty for signing up at the last minute.

Early-summer classes with open spaces include a fascinating oil painting class taught by Matthew Lopas in which students will learn to depict a 360-degree space on a flat canvas. Interestingly, our third-session photography class (which also has open spaces) will cover the same concept but in the medium of digital photography. That class will be taught by Dan Bailey. We should be seeing some interesting depictions of Penland spaces this summer.

April 29, 2010

East of Asheville Studio Tour this Weekend

May 1 - 2, Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and East Asheville area North Carolina. The studio tour takes place twice a year - Spring and Fall. Everyone is welcome to visit any or all of the studios during the tour, whether they are serious art patrons or just browsers of beautiful and interesting works. Patrons and visitors will be able to meet and talk to the artists, and get a first hand look at their work, and the studios where they create it. For details and map click here...

Work of the Week at the Asheville Art Museum

April 26 - May 2, Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville North Carolina. Robert Yarber, The Corruption of Ecstasy, 1989, color lithograph, 30 x 44 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by Ray Griffin and Thom Robinson. Asheville Art Museum Collection. Yaber is best known for his images of flying or falling figures seen above neon-lit cityscapes viewed at night. Read more about the permanent collection here...

WCU Hosts Decoration Day at Mountain Heritage Center

April 29, 7PM Join City Lights at WCU's Mountain Heritage Center auditorium or a reading and book signing with Alan and Karen Jabbour, authors of Decoration Day in the Mountains: Traditions of Cemetery Decoration in the Southern Appalachians, a companion book to the exhibition at the Mountain Heritage Center. Decoration Day is a late spring or summer tradition that involves cleaning a community cemetery, decorating it with flowers, holding a religious service in the cemetery, and having dinner on the grounds. http://www.citylightsnc.com

April 28, 2010

Pre-registration for Craft, Architecture & Design Expo

June 25-26, the North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, AshevilleNorth Carolina. Register now for HandMade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture & Design Expo and save money. Tickets are only $15 for a single day Friday or Saturday, and $25 for both days. All tickets purchased by June 21st include admission and parking at the Arboretum. After June 21st tickets may only be purchased on site at the Arboretum and require an additional $8 parking fee. Your Expo ticket gives you access to the work of close to 300 artists, architects, landscape architects, and interior designers who are designing and building rooms that feature handcrafted architectural and design elements. Read more...

Art Break: Limners to Facebook - Portraiture from the 19th to the 21st Century

April 30, 12PM - 1PM, Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville North Carolina. Join these special guests for a guided tour of the exciting exhibition Limners to Facebook: Portraiture from the 19th to the 21st Century. This exhibition includes images in the following categories: formal portraits, self-portraits, portraits of animals and portraits of friends or models. It includes works in a variety of media and range of styles including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and new media.

April 27, 2010

Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina Opened

The stretch of Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina that has been closed by a rockslide since October opened Sunday, April 25, at 6 p.m.

Work will continue in the area through the summer as crews complete stabilization efforts – including the installation of rock bolts and anchor mesh – at five additional sites. Both eastbound lanes are open; however, one westbound lane will be closed for about three miles  READ MORE...

April 26, 2010

Upcoming Workshops at Random Arts

Random Arts, Saluda North Carolina. Check the site for details and dates on theses exciting workshops:
· Jane's very own Woven book
· Learn to solder the easy way
· Jane's cross structure book
· Ir-Resistable tags
· Creating paper from Mulberry pulp with wire
· Citra Solve Art Work
· Transfers with color
· Foldable books - fast, easy and fun
· Stencil creations

April 24, 2010

He's Barking up the Right Tree

April 24 - 25 Weaverville North Carolina and surrounding communities. Howard Atwood will be demonstrating his Cottonwood Bark Carving artistry during the two-day Weaverville Art Safari. Atwood's "Wonders in wood" are hand carved cottonwood bark lighthouses, gnome homes, decorative and functional hollow log bird houses, scroll saw free standing and wall art, plus black walnut shell slice baskets and bowls. Visit the studio: Appalachian Artistry, 125 Horseshoe Trail, Barnardsville - Safari Map Location # 13

April 22, 2010

Art Safari Wine Tasting at Maggie B's

April 24 - 25, Maggie B's Wine and Specialty Store, 113 North Main Street, Weaverville North Carolina. Saturday: 10AM-8PM & Sunday: 12PM-5PM. It's back, The Art Safari! Come explore your area artists and see what they have to offer. Check out the artists at www.weavervilleartsafari.com. Also, stop in anytime Saturday and Sunday for an all day Wine Tasting. Don't forget to check out Maggie B's NEW wine bar. After a long day of looking at art, come in, put your feet up, enjoy a glass of wine, and relax. www.MaggieBsWine.com

April 21, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: Blacksmith Festival in Spruce pine

April 24   Spruce Pine North Carolina.  6th Annual Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival   Live demonstrations by well-known blacksmiths such as Bea Hensley, Elizabeth Brim. Vendors, hands-on opportunities, food, music and a Blacksmith Art Exhibition atthe Toe River Arts Council.   (828) 765-3008

April 20, 2010

Paint Out in Rutherfordton

April 23 - 24  Rutherfordton North Carolina.   Arts in April - "Paint Out"   A Plein Air Workshop. Historic buildings abound in Rutherford County--old churches, charming town streets and homes with inviting porches and fanciful details. Artists are invited to paint on location at selected historic properties. Experienced instructors will be available to give advice for painting on location in oils, watercolor, pastels, or acrylics.

April 19, 2010

Spring Art Safari in Weaverville

April 24-25, Weaverville North Carolina. The Spring Art Safari is a self-guided tour of 53 various artists' studios tucked away in the countryside communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander. The tours are free and open to the public, and some artists' studios are open year-round by appointment.

Pottery by Lee Davis is exhibited at Hoxie Studios

April 18, 2010

CURVE Studios Open House Weekend and Twilight Party

April 23 - 25, Curve Studios, River Arts District, Riverside Drive, Asheville north Carolina. The CURVE Studios & Garden Spring 2010 Open House Weekend Friday -11 to 8PM, Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 4PM. Twilight party startsat 5PM on Friday with a Mediterranean feast, Cassie’s truffles, Bill Butler’s handmade breadsticks, wine, Wedge brew and live music in addition to all the fine art.  828.388.3526 for more info.

April 17, 2010

"Threads" at Echo Gallery in Asheville

April 16 - May 30, Echo Gallery, Biltmore Park, Town Square Boulevard, Asheville North Carolina. The Spring exhibition entitled "Threads" will feature new work by by fiber artists Jen Swearington, Libby & Jim Mijanovich ("Mija") and Barbara Zaretsky, as well as ceramic pieces by Emily Reason and new work from gallery artists.

April 16, 2010

Marketing and Business Class in Bakersville

April 19  Free Class from HandMade in America: Online Marketing, Technology, Sales, & Arts Business Growth. The classes will start at 6:00pm every third Monday of the month. Mitchell County Historic Courthouse Corner of Crimson Laurel Way & State Road 1211 Downtown Bakersville NC

April 11, 2010

Open Studios and Tours in The River Arts District

River District Artists.  Asheville North Carolina. Visit the River Arts District year 'round to meet artists in their studios. More than 65 artists are regularly open on Fridays & Saturdays! Get calendars, maps and details for artists, daily open studios and tours. The district is a community of artists committed to creating art, supporting the artists in our neighborhood and producing successful art events such as the Studio Strolls. The River Arts District is located along the French Broad River, just minutes from downtown Asheville.

April 10, 2010

Plant Printing Workshop in Rutherfordton

April 16 - 17, Rutherfordton North Carolina.   Arts in April - Plant Printing      Celebrate Earth Day by capturing the graceful contours and delicate surface relief of natural materials. In this workshop you will learn to select materials that will print well, choose appropriate paper and ink and operate the Virginia Stomp press and the Bottle Jack press. Workshop fee includes all materials and use of the Virginia Stomp press and the Bottle Jack press. You will go home with a print ready to frame.

April 9, 2010

HandMade Creative Lab & Social Mixer

APRIL 12, 5:15PM-6:45PM, HandMade in America Design Lab, 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 102 (corner of S. Lexington & Hilliard Ave.) Asheville North Carolina. Topic: The Social Artist.
- How do artists match intention and desire with making a living in the arts
- How can artists use their creativity to identify and address social concerns
- Do good work & it will work for you - discover benefits for your business

Social Mixer afterwards at Asheville Brewing Company at 77 Coxe Ave.

April 8, 2010

Last Chance for "Across County Lines:

Through April 10,  303 School Avenue West Jefferson North Carolina/  Across County Lines at the Ashe Arts Center. The exhibit will feature approximately 50 pieces submitted by 19 artists in a variety of media. Artwork ranges from paintings to fiber arts to three-dimensional framed works, metal sculptures and large pottery by artists from the counties surrounding Ashe County.

April 7, 2010

Clay Days in Rutherfordton - Open Studios

April 9-10 Rutherfordton North Carolina.  Arts in April - Clay Days  All Clay All Day” begins with a Friday evening dinner and presentation and continues all day Saturday. Some of the award-winning potters of the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild open their studios and demonstrate wheel and coil, raku, and more.

April 2, 2010

John C Campbell April Giveaways

John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown North Carolina.
Week of April 4-9, 2010
Blacksmithing: Flame on!
2 spaces available

Week + Weekend of April 4-11, 2010
Clay: Mud-Made Fun: Getting a Spin on the Potter's Wheel
2 spaces available

Week of April 4-9, 2010
Knitting: Advanced Machine Knitting
2 spaces available

Weekend of April 9-11, 2010
Drawing: Sketching to Paint
2 spaces available

Week of April 11-17, 2010
Cooking: At the Open Hearth
2 spaces available

Week of April 11-17, 2010
Marbling, Quilting: Marbling for Paper and Fiber
2 spaces available

Week of April 11-17, 2010
Woodcarving: Laid-back Woodcarving and Flute Making
2 spaces available

Week of April 18-24, 2010
Clay: Ash Glazes with the Ashmaster
2 spaces available

April 1, 2010

Visit Gallery Minerva During the Kickoff of Asheville's 2010 Art Walk

April 2, Gallery Minerva, 8 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville North Carolina. Gallery Minerva will be showcasing many new works and hosting extended hours until 9pm for the first Art Walk of 2010. Our Featured artist  is  Catherine Shinnick and her limited edition series of bronze equines. Growing up on a horse farm outside of Detroit, she understands the subtle nuances shared between horses and their human caretakers. Catherine splits her seasons between her studio on the remote Bois Blanc Island in Michigan and Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Award Ceremony for Earth Day Art and Poetry Contest

April 3, 2PM-4PM, Holly Library, AB Tech, Asheville North Carolina. RiverLink will conduct the Earth Day Art and Poetry Contest Award Ceremony with awards  presented around 2:30 for the Winners and Honorable Mentions present. Light refreshments from EarthFare will be served. This event is open to the public.  Please RSVP. If you are unable to attend and your child won a prize, please contact the Education Coordinator at education@riverlink.org.

Take a look at the winners on the Riverlink website or head out to AB Tech and see the exhibit! Winners and Honorable Mentions will be on display throughout the entire month of April! Please note: Holly Library's regular operating hours are: Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm, and closed on weekends.