September 28, 2014

Asheville Art Walk this Weekend

October  3, 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. 20 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.

Learn more about Asheville art galleries and craft shops on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.


September 19, 2014

Weaverville NC Hosts Art in Autumn

September 20, 2014   Art in Autumn   This is the eighth annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival. Over 100 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as an exciting array of food and live music. The  festival brings a lively celebration of community and fine art to the Main Street of the 'Mayberry-esque' town of Weaverville NC


September 18, 2014

Upcoming Events at The Asheville Art Museum

September 18, 10:00 - 11:00 AM:  Yoga classes in the Museum's galleries. We will practice relaxation yoga, inspired by the surrounding art. Please bring your own mat, yoga props (if you have them) and wear comfortable clothing.   $8 members, $12 non-members.

September 24, 6:00 - 7:30 PM:   Up for Discussion.  Held in conjunction with Human and Machines: The Robotic Worlds of Adrianne Wortzel, rnjoy a lecture and presentation with artist Adrianne Wortzel. She will talk about her robotic installations and performance productions and future projects. Her work has been exhibited, collected and published nationally and internationally. She is a Professor of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.  Free with membership or Museum admission and free for UNCA students with a student ID.

September 26, 5:00 - 7:00 PM: Gallery Talk and Opening.  Join the Museum for a special gallery talk with artist Mary Frank at the opening for her exhibition Finding My Way Home. Frank was born in London, England in 1933 and moved to the United States at the age of seven. In the early 1950s she began carving wood sculpture, and briefly studied with Hans Hoffman and Max Beckmann. In 1969, she worked on large multi-part, figurative clay sculptures, drawings and monoprints, which remained the major focus of her work throughout the 1970s and '80s. In the 1990s, she turned to painting as her primary medium. Frank will talk about her life and career. Following the talk will be a reception until 7:00 PM. Free with membership or Museum admission.

September 27 - the Museum staff will be participating in Highland Brewing Company's "Crafted Kegs". This Brewery anniversary event, held at the Company's Meadow, honors the art community by showcasing local arts and crafts organizations in a fun way and to say "thank you" to the arts community. The event will be judged and cash prizes awarded.

The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 S Park Square in downtown Asheville NC.

September 12, 2014

Cotton Mill Studios Holds Soiree

September 18, 5 - 8 PM    Historic Cotton Mill Soirée   Cultivate your artistic senses with the latest work from the talented River Arts District Cotton Mill artists while enjoying libations, small bites and music at this celebration of an amazing historic river arts landmark.

Visit each studio in the Cotton Mill and explore works in textiles, clay, metal, canvas. Enter a drawing to win a gift basket filled with hand selected items from each artist.

The Cotton Mill Studios is located at 122 Riverside Drive in Asheville's River Arts District. Mill studios include more than a dozen artists working in clay, mixed media, fiber and textiles, painting, metal.

September 11, 2014

Ooh La La Curiosity Market this Weekend

September 13, 2014   Ooh La La Curiosity Market    An outdoor market in Asheville's Pritchard Park featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas.

In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts. 

Cloth Fiber Workshop Final Class for 2014

September 12-13  at Cloth Fiber Workshop - Screen Printing: Non-Traditional Methods with Heather Allen Hietala
. Deconstruct traditional concepts of screen-printing. In this workshop you'll explore the versatility and immediacy of using a blank silk-screen as a creative tool. With blank screens and non-toxic textile paints you'll play with non-traditional methods of screen printing to create texture and images. 
You'll experiment with mark making and pattern and image possibilities using silk-screens in an intuitive painterly way. Bring your ideas and creativity and see what can happen! You'll go home with printed fabric, a blank screen, squeegee and all the information to continue screen-printing at home. Level of expertise: all levels. Fee: $185 + materials fee.  
This workshop is currently full. Please call 828.505.2958 to be placed on the waiting list.

September 9, 2014

Wearable Art Fashion Show in Asheville

September 11, 7 PM   Project Handmade 2014: Texture & Movement The second regional wearable-art juried fashion show produced by Local Cloth Inc., brings a touch of New York Fashion Week to Asheville. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, tickets are $25 for VIP seating, $15 general admission and are on sale at the theatre’s box office.

The Diana Wortham Theatre is located at 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC

Penland School of Crafts Offers Fall One-week Workshops

Nontraditional Longstitch Binding
with Beth Schaible
Create an array of functional longstitch books, starting with basic stitching and moving quickly to nontraditional patterns.  All levels.  October 5-11.

Other Possible Outcomes: Reexamining Glass Beads
with Amy Lemaire
In this workshop we'll reexamine glass beads as portable sculpture that is both personal and public, and we'll consider the body as a site for wearable sculpture. We'll cover traditional and experimental approaches to flameworking as well as cold-working and jewelry fabrication. All levels. October 5-11.

Surface Adornment on Steel
with Ben Dory
Using steel as a base, we will explore how to transform the surface of this rigid material with texture, thin layers of precious metals, and gemstones. All levels.  October 5-11.

A Week of Shino
with Kent McLaughlin
Bring your stoneware or porcelain bisqueware suitable for cone 10 temperatures, and we'll explore a variety of shinos and some of the techniques that are possible with this intriguing glaze, including carbon trapping, wax-resist patterning, manipulated drying, carbon cooling, and glaze layering. All levels. October 19-25.

Rethinking Wet Plate Collodion Photography
with David Emitt Adams
In this workshop we'll explore tintypes and ambrotypes - two photographic techniques based on wet plate collodion materials. You'll explore the possibilities of these materials, experiment, and create alternative methods of display for your photographs. All levels. October 19-25.

Foundations of Furniture
with Russell F. Gale, Jr.
There are so many things to think about when building a piece of furniture: design, material selection, joinery, edge and surface treatments, shop safety, etc. In this workshop we'll work through these issues and more as we each build a small table. October 19-25. All levels. Class is currently full; please contact to be placed on a waiting list.
Letterpress Basics & Beyond
with Jessica C. White
Get to know your way around letterpress printing by learning the basics and exploring a variety of ways to create relief prints on a Vandercook press. All levels. Nov. 2-8.

Weaving: The First Layer
with Beth Ross Johnson
By learning to warp with multiple threads, to beam on without tangles, and other tricks of the trade, we can use the process of winding a warp as a way to establish a foundation for fabrics that will go where we want them to go.  All levels. Nov. 2-8.

Carving Wooden Jewelry
with Sarah Martin
Looking to expand your jewelry repertoire? This class will show you how to carve wood on a small scale appropriate for jewelers. We'll cover how to safely carve with both knives and dremels and how to transform these carvings with surface embellishment, findings, and finishing techniques. All levels. Nov. 2-8.

Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Penland's focus on excellence, its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting have made it a model of experiential education. The school offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Penland sponsors artist residencies, a gallery and visitors center, and community education programs. Penland is located at 67 Doras Trail, Penland, NC - near Spruce Pine.