April 18, 2014

Penland School of Crafts Update

April at Penland find the studios are humming with activity. There are many ways to keep up with the action of Penland life: subscribing to the blog, the Penland Sketchbook; visiting their Facebook page for images from spring; following the Instagram feed for more instant views of what's happening  and checking Penland's community Tumblr page for images of Penland generated by you.

Above, Andrew Hayes visits Mike Rossi's spring iron workshop. Don't miss the upcoming Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival with demonstrations at Penland and in downtown Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Keep up with this annual event featuring a wealth of demonstrators, exhibits, and vendors here. This year's festival will take place on April 26-27.

You won't want to miss the Penland Gallery's spring Focus show, featuring drawing and painting by former Penland core fellow Eleanor Annand. The show will be on view until May 11. All the works are viewable and available for purchase online from the Penland Gallery. Below is Annand's Failed Logic, a painting on steel.

Summer Workshops:

Get ready for summer: consider diving into a Penland workshop. Kristen Martinic will be teaching relief mark-making and wood block printing methods to students of all levels, May 25-June 6. 

Needle to Paper 
an all-levels embroidery (on paper!) workshop with Nick DeFord, May 25-June 6. 

Owls & Antlers   
a printmaking workshop that asks: "what if you had time to make images of anything you wanted (kittens, anyone?)" Meow. Hoot. Grrr. (with Erika Adams)   All levels, June 8-20.

View the  list of open summer workshops    Ready to dive in? Register here
If a workshop is full, there is no fee for signing on to a waiting list. Penland also offers half-price tuition to all K-12 teachers, current college, university, or community college faculty, and residents of several nearby counties (a complete list is available on the website) who take unfilled spaces. Click here for more information about Penland's standby program.


John C Campbell Folk School Music Events

April 18   Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School:   Mountain Fling is a four-piece band based in Southwest Virginia that plays traditional old-time material but delves into the recent past for variety. They sing and play autoharp, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and bass.

April 16, 2014

River Arts District a Highlight of Asheville's Art Community

River Arts District (RAD) is open year around.  Meet artists in their studios with schedules available online for which studios are open each day. Twice a year, every second weekend in June and November, Asheville’s entire River Arts District opens to the public for two days of festivities known as the STUDIO STROLL. During the Studio Stroll, now in its 16th year, artists of the River Arts District welcome you into their studios to talk with them, see their latest artwork, watch demonstrations, and experience for yourself the magic hidden inside the time-worn factories and warehouses along the French Broad River.

More than 160 artists
currently work in the District in all media. In addition to viewing artwork and watching demonstrations art and crafts are available for purchase.

Plan to spend the entire day and also enjoy exceptional dining, a brewery and picturesque river setting.

April 14, 2014

Wilkesboro Open Air Market this Friday

April 18    Wilkesboro Open Air Market   The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area. Third Friday Markets also include downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations are open from 4 PM - 9 PM.. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. 

The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area. 

April 11, 2014

Beer Month Event: Handcrafted Beer, Handcrafted Vessels

April 11   Beer Month Event: Handcrafted Beer, Handcrafted Vessels   It's By Nature Gallery will be featuring a collection of handcrafted mugs and steins created by regional artists along with samples of handcrafted beer by Heinzelmännchen and Innovation Brewing. There will be a prize drawing for a Gift Basket, including items from all three businesses, at the end of evening. Must be present to win. The Gallery is located at 678 W Main St, in Sylva, NC. 

April 10, 2014

New Art and Craft Supplies at Random Arts

All new "silk sari ribbon" skeins of luscious touchable colors. For all of your mixed media projects plus knit and crochet. Just $19.95 for 55 yards and we'll ship.

Issue 8,9 10 plus all the Zentangle® card sets of 40 "how to's." The expanded version of the Zentangle books have added pages, more information, techniques and easy to follow 1,2,3 steps  at the same LOW price. 

Thymes lotions, colognes, candles and room sprays:
*Eucalyptus - Infuse the day with unlimited possibility
*Olive Leaf - Simply wholesome. Naturally nourishing.

*Lavender - A fragrant palette of boundless inspiration.

 Spring Clothing arriving daily....
Cottons, blends, leggins, high lows, scooter pants, skirts, scarves, jewelry, shoes and lots more.

Selected CLOTHING 50-75% OFF.  Choose from long sleeve cotton T's - were $18. now $9. Cotton and rayon skirts, jackets - all reduced 50% or more. Several Styles of leggins reduced to  $12.00.

All Ribbons "Blow Out" SALE!!!!
Drastic Reductions  - Choose from ribbons normally priced up to $4.00 per yard - NOW 1/2 price. All ribbons must go! Organza, satin, silk, burlap, grosgrain, rayon and more. From 1/8" wide to 4" wide.  BUY the entire spool for $15, or buy it by the yard for 1/2 the original price. Your choice.

Random Arts is located at 481 Louisiana Avenue in Saluda NC.  Shop in the store or website, or online at their Etsy Shop   or  Their eBay Store  .


April 9, 2014

Cloth FIber Workshop Upcoming Classes

April 19 -  100% Plants: Dyeing Silk and Wool in One Step with Catharine Ellis. In this workshop you'll learn about the dyes that can be used to make fast colors on protein fibers using only tannins and organic acid instead of a mineral mordant (alum). In one simple step you'll obtain a full range of color! Level of Expertise: all levels. Fee: $110 + materials fee. This workshop is full, please call to be placed on the waiting list.

May 9 & 10  - Embroidery! with Heather Allen Hietala. Are you a textile enthusiast yearning to stitch and embellish? If so, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss! This workshop will introduce a long list of traditional embroidery stitches to use with a contemporary flair. You’ll learn stitches that are known across Europe, the Americas, and Asia and make a sampler using your initials—a fun way of experimenting and documenting ideas for future reference.

Threads will be available in a variety of weights and textures. You will leave the workshop with the confidence to add embellishment to your work and to create textures and patterns allowing for self-expression in thread. Level of Expertise: intermediate and above. Fee: $185 + materials fee.

June 7 -  Abundant + Local + Natural: Plant Dyes with Dede Styles.
In this workshop you'll accompany Dede
into the field to learn about abundant local dye plants, where to find them, how to identify them and when to collect them. Afterwards you'll return to the studio to make at least two dye baths and learn some tricks of the trade to create additional colors using color modifiers. Level of Expertise: all levels. Fee: $85 + materials fee.

For the complete workshop list visit the Cloth Fiber Workshop website.  
To register for workshops call 828.505.2958, register online or stop by the studio, Mon-Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM. Cloth Fiber Work shop is located at Cotton Mill Studios, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio D in Asheville's River Art District,

April 7, 2014

Artist Opportunity: Opening for the June 21 Asheville Ooh La La Curiosity Market

I have a couple openings for LOCAL ASHEVILLE ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS in the June 21st Ooh La La Curiosity Market in downtown Asheville. SORRY-- NO JEWELRY.

 If interested, please send me some pics of your work and set up to morningstarrcreations@gmail.com. (note the 2--rr's in starr).

Owner at The Curiosity Shoppe,  118 Cherry Street, Ste C, Black Mountain NC


Random Arts Hosts Nature Journaling Workshop

April 11 - 12 at Random Arts, 481 Louisiana Ave in Saluda NC: Nature Journaling Workshop with Jeannine Reese. Would like to be able to draw what you see?  Put it to paper? Frame a print? Make a card?  All of this is a real possibility with Jeannine when she makes her 1st teaching appearance at Random Arts. Jeannine's enthusiastic personality welcomes every level of expertise... from beginner to advanced.

Register by emailing: randomarts22@gmail.com