August 3, 2014

Random Arts Workshops and Events

August 8  -  Creating with Color Pencils with Helen Shafer Garcia   Let your imagination take hold and play with colored pencils on unique black and red surfaces. Light colors will glow and textures pop when pencils glide over the surface. You'll learn about blending methods and layering colors. You start out with a collage prompt poem concept that will indicate the imagery. Drawing abilities are not required - this concept is about learning to see, blending colors and layering to create depth and saturation of color. Giving permission to yourself to create is the first step.  2 spaces remains. 10 AM till 4 PM,  $135.

August 9th  -  Crinkly Birds, Flora and Fauna with Helen Shafer Garcia    Reach into the sky and create Bird themed mixed media paintings on Masa paper and canvas. A special batik like technique with Masa rice paper will create wonderful textures and crevices for the paint to flow into. Draw and paint symbolic iconic birds, flora, and other great, joyful creatures with bold watercolor dropped -in color techniques. Play with colored pencils, ink lines and collage elements to further embellish your paintings. Discover how beautiful and bright watercolors can be with this special process. The watercolor paintings will be sealed with an acrylic varnish to protect the surface. Borders and embellishments will be added with acrylics.  10 AM - 4  PM,  $135.

August 10  -  Planed and Folded Wooden Book with Helen Shafer Garcia    There is something about the beauty of wood grain that we all find appealing.  The thin wood shapes that you will use have been planed by hand. Each piece will be very unique. You'll create an extraordinary multi signature hand bound wooden book with painted and textured papers. At least 5 techniques will be taught in this workshop including color pencil on wood, dropped- in watercolor, stenciling, batik-look paper process, and book binding techniques to stitch signatures sewn onto a canvas binding.   10 AM - 4  PM,  $135.

August 5  - Zen Doddle Tuesdays from 10 AM - noon. FREE

Summer Sale Continues
It's a "one of a kind" sale on women's clothing in random sizes and styles drastically reduced from 50 -75% off. It's time to make room for more inventory and items are being continually added every day. Hurry in for the best buys! 

Random Arts
is located at 481 Louisiana Avenue in Saluda NC


August 1, 2014

NC Art Walks and Craft Festivals this Weekend

Date:      July 27 - August 3, 2014
Event:    The 30th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show   This popular event
features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. There will be a BBQ (great food!) on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine, NC. Admission and parking are FREE. 

Date:        July 31 - August 3, 2014
Event:     8th Annual Art & Antiques Show  at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum   This sale and show offers heirloom-quality antique silver, furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal and more. Vendors from across the East Coast bring a variety of items.  Preview Party 7/31 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, $40 per person (including wine and hors d'oeurves). Tickets are $10 and good for the entire show.  

Date:        August 1, 2014
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series continues starting in April and concluding in August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. 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

Date:        August 1, 2014
   Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 25 downtown venues participate with a complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.

Date:        August 1. 2014
Event:     Art After Dark   Gallery Stroll  Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Cedar Hill Studio, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Main Street Artist’s Co-op, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, and the Village Framer 

Date:        August 1 - 2, 2014
   Mount Mitchell Craft Fair   Hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 56th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. The event is free to the public with entertainment throughout the day.

Date:        August 1 - 3
Event:     Annual Asheville Antiques Show and Sale
Reputable dealers from several states will offer for sale a wide variety of antiques that will appeal to everyone from the beginning collector to the well seasoned investor. The dealers were selected for this show based on their knowledge, professionalism and overall integrity. Find antique furniture in styles ranging from American country to English formal, hand painted porcelains, art glass, cut glass and pottery. Idecker Books will have an amazing display of very fine and rare old books. There will be antique prints as well as beautiful old oil paintings and a huge display of oriental rugs. Exquisite antique jewelry, estate jewelry and designer costume jewelry will be offered for sale along with silver holloware and flatware. Held at the US Cellular (Civic) Center in downtown Asheville. 

Date:       August 2, 2014
ArtsMart   Locally created arts and crafts displayed inside the historic Old Fort Depot. Stop by to chat with the creators of these one-of-a-kind items while you shop for yourself, family or friends. Something for everyone including baskets, paintings, woodwork, wreaths, candles and live demonstrations. Sponsored by Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League. 

Date:        August 2, 2014NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAINEvent:     32st Annual Crafts on the Green   Approximately 85 vendors from all over the mountains will have their crafts and art work available for purchase. This annual event is located at a cool 5056 foot elevation. Food venders will also be available. 

Date:         August 2 - 3, 2014
   Annual Village Art and Craft Fair   Held on the grounds of All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village this year's Fair, the 41st,  will include 118 exhibitors.  Enjoy high quality art and crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and more. Hours are Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM. 


Current Exhibits at The Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC.


Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction
June 6  -  September 14, 2014A retrospective exhibition that features work by award-winning American painter and printmaker Minna Citron (1896–1991).

Selections from the Permanent Collection: 140 Years of American Art
September 14 - OngoingIn this exhibition, Museum Curatorial staff examine the Collection from a chronological point of view while highlighting works of great interest.

Take 10: Collectors' Circle 10th Anniversary
March 15 – Sunday, August 31This exhibition celebrates the generosity of the Asheville Art Museum’s Collectors’ Circle, a membership group that encourages the exchange of ideas and interests, art learning, connoisseurship and collecting.


Prime Time: Second Annual New Media Juried Exhibition
April 26 - August 31, 2014
A gallery dedicated to artists who are working in New Media, including stop action and hand-drawn animation, narrative film, Glitch Art, sound, video and light installations, and other live programs connected via the Internet.

Farm to Table: American Silver 
May 31 – October 5, 2014
An exhibit highlighting different but inter-connected uses of American silver – agricultural awards and table service – as they progressed over the last 150 years.