April 30, 2015

Special Mixed Media Workshops this Weekend at Random Arts

May 2 and 3, 2015 at Random Arts, louisiana Ave in Saluda NC - Sunny Carvalho Workshops.

May 2, 10 AM to 4 PM:  Need a hand made Mother's Day Gift? Sunny invites you to learn how to paint whimsical, fun characters using a variety of techniques and supplies. Learn how to capture the expression of these fun characters and create "absurd" body types. It's sure to be a day without pressure and a humorous day of painting whimsical little people from your own imagination. Even if you think you can't draw, Sunny will guide you in a way that will allow you to find as many characters that appeal to you, rather than just copying her style. You'll complete as many as your creatuve hands and heart can handle in this full day class. Beginners are more than welcome.

May 3, 10 AM - 4 PM:  Favorite Pet? Lovable Character? Huggable You? Try your hand in this workshop with the gentle guidance of Sunny at your side. "Perky Paper Mache' Pretties" on Sunday will get your hands down and dirty with paper mache', paint and plenty of action. You will find yourself jumping into a day of making faux paper mâché characters. Using Sunny's method, you will learn how to "Mâché the Easy Way" and make as many 4" x6" "characters" as you can turn out in this full day workshop. Beginners are more than welcome and you'll need very few supplies for this class.

Sunny Carvalho is a mixed media artist living in Alabama amidst the chaos of too many art supplies. Focusing on hand-sculpted ceramic dolls and pendants and mixed media paintings, her quirky characters have found their way into many of the mixed media magazines. Sunny is an instructor at Art is You (Petaluma, and Benecia, CA, Nashville, Memphis, Minneapolis), and Art Unraveled (Phoenix), as well as various individual studios. According to her husband, she lives in a world where everything is happy and squirrels iron her pants. Learn more about Sunny here.

Each class is $125. 10 am till 4pm. Call 828-749-1165 or email TODAY

April 20, 2015

Asheville Art Museum Event: A Gallery Talk on the Life and Work of Jack Tworkov

April 22, 2015 5:30 PM at the Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC - Guest Curator Jason Andrew presents a special gallery talk in conjunction with Jack Tworkov: Beyond Black Mountain, Selected Works From 1952-1982.  

Jack Tworkov (1900-1982) was invited to teach at Black Mountain College in the summer of 1952. By the time he arrived, he had already left an indelible mark on the art world, making a name for himself as a talented abstract painter. Learn more about the life and work of this influential artist from Guest Curator Jason Andrew. Andrew is the Manager and Curator of the Estate of Jack Tworkov and has organized many exhibitions of the artist's work, including the 2009 retrospective Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes, Five Decades of Painting. He is an independent scholar specializing in Post War American Art and is currently directing and editing the online Catalogue Raisonne Project of Works on Canvas by Jack Tworkov. In addition, Andrew is a prominent figure in the Bushwick, Brooklyn art scene and is the co-founder/director of Norte Maar, a non-profit now celebrating its 10th anniversary encouraging, promoting and presenting collaborative projects in the arts.

April 17, 2015

Call for Artists for Pisgah Forest Studio-Gallery

The Patton House property located at the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest behind Dolly's Ice Cream is looking for a group of artists to rent and set up an artists studio and gallery. 

The space is 4800 sq, ft. site and is a permanent artistic residence. The 8 bedrooms and large gathering room would provide plenty of display space for artistic creations. Also, if anyone would like to live on the premises for the group, that is also possible. 

For more information, contact Jim Mudrey, co-owner at 386-871-7147 or email  Mudreyje@hotmail.com

April 13, 2015

Grovewood Gallery 16th Annual Charity Sale this Weekend

April 17 - 18, 2015   Grovewood Gallery's 16th Annual Charity Sale   10% of all proceeds from this 3 day event will go to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville. During the sale, customers will be able to save 10% on all regular priced crafts, including studio furniture and outdoor sculptures, and up to 75% on sale items. Everything in the gallery will be marked down. 

Grovewood Gallery, one of the premier galleries in the region, is located at 111 Grovewood Road in Asheville NC.


April 12, 2015

Random Arts Craft Supplies Flea Market Returns in May

Clean out your studio and join the annual Random Arts Flea Market for Arts and Crafts Supplies. From scrapbooking to rubber stamps, beading, fibers and whatever else you have, this is the place to sell.

The Fleas Market date is set for May 16, 2015.  For only $20 you can set up outside Random Arts all day and sell your unused, unwanted supplies to willing and ready buyers. This event has attracted lots of buyers in the past 4 years so the Market's success will be your success and money in your pocket.

The Flea Market is the same day as the Saluda Arts Festival so there will be lots of traffic in and out at Random Arts. Sign up now to reserve your space to sell by emailing HERE.

Random Arts is located at  481 Louisiana Ave in Saluda NCHours:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 AM until 5 PM Sunday - Wednesday by appointment or by "chance".

April 10, 2015

Asheville Art Museum Lunchtime Art Break Today

April 10, 12 - 1 PM at the Asheville Art Museum, 2 S Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC - Lunchtime Art Break: John Heliker: The Order of Things - 60 Years of Paintings and Drawings Cole Hendrix, Special Projects Curator . 

The Museum regularly presents Lunchtime Art Breaks, gallery talks and presentations designed to inform and engage you in dialogue with members of the curatorial and education departments, docents and special guests.

April 9, 2015

HomeMade in America Workshop for Artists

April 25, 2015 from 10 AM - 5 PM at HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 101 in downtown Asheville NC: Productive Artist, Successful Business Person - You can be Both. 

Space is very limited. Act fast! 
  • When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10am-5pm 
  • Where: HandMade in America Headquarters, Downtown Asheville 
  • Cost: $60.00 for members, $90.00 for non-member 
  • Instructor: Saralyn Collins, Chief Business Strategist ​ 

as a HandMade member click HERE as a non-HandMade member click HERE  


April 8, 2015

Annual Herb Festival includes 25 Local Artisans with NC Crafts for Sale

April 11 - 12, 2015   11th Annual Herb Festival   Savor the smell and taste of fresh-grown herbs with a  selection including several unique medicinal, cooking and ornamental herbs. The herbal combination planters include the Scarborough Fair Combo, the Indoor Herbs Combo, and several other attractive and useful assortments. 

Browse over 25 talented local artisan's booths, including handcrafted herbal soaps and herbal blends, handmade jewelry, woodcraft & handcrafted furniture, paintings, photography and more. 

Food vendors offer delicious treats ranging from vegetarian quesadillas to gourmet sausages and hand-squeezed drinks (you can also sample Painters own homemade pesto), and talented local musicians will be performing all weekend. 

The event is held at Painters Greenhouse, approximately 5 miles south of I-40 at exit 73, near Old Fort.

April 7, 2015

Asheville Art Museum "Flourish" Jewelry Exhibit

April 18 - August 16 at The Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC: Flourish: Selected Jewelry From the Daphne Farago Collection. Opening reception on Saturday, April 18, 3:00-5:00 PM.

Flourish showcases a selection of jewelry carefully curated over many years by the keen-eyed collector Daphne Farago and reveals the breadth of studio jewelry as the movement evolved. A self-conscious practice, studio jewelry emerged following WWII as a response to commercially available adornment and as a marriage of fine craft and art.

photo courtesy of Asheville Art Museum: Art Smith, 
"Half & Half" Necklace
, 1948, brass, 7 x 8 x 1.25 inches. Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston - The Daphne Farago Collection. 2006.536.

The exhibition is grouped thematically to reflect the varying disciplines of studio jewelry, beginning with the Studio Craft Movement of the mid-20th century. The Studio Craft Movement derived directly from the Arts and Crafts Movements of Europe and the United States, using handmade techniques and aesthetics as a means of reflecting the changing world. Much of the work in the exhibition mirrors the stylistic shifts in the art world from the 1940s to today, including constructivism, mid-century modernism, pop-art, narrative and funk.The works, like the artists, are varied and have been selected to reflect a broad range of ideas, with nuances that show the possibilities of the practice. They are united by the vision of the collector. Featured artists include Ed Wiener, Louis Mueller, Art Smith, Robert W. Ebendorf, John Prip, Roy Lichtenstein, Mary Lee Hu, Arline M. Fisch and Gijs Bakker, among others.

This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum, with special thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Programs held in conjunction with this exhibition include: 

OPENING RECEPTION -  April 18 Saturday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

DISCUSSION BOUND -  May 2 Tuesday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Jewels: A Secret History by Victoria Finlay

LUNCHTIME ART BREAK  - Jine 19 Friday, 12:00 p.m. Candace Reilly, Adult Programs Manager 

FILM SCREENING  - June 20 + 21 Saturday + Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Tale of the Three Jewels 

PANEL DISCUSSION -  July 11 Saturday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Form and Function: Panel Discussion on Studio Craft Jewelry 

POP-UP STUDIO CRAFT MARKETPLACE  - July 16-18 Thursday, Friday + Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A celebration of studio craft! The Museum is hosting a three-day pop-up marketplace, curated by Asheville's own Constance Esner, featuring the work of some of our region's most talented craft artists. While visitors are at the Museum purchasing beautiful craft art pieces, they can take the opportunity to view Flourish: Selected Jewelry From the Daphne Farago Collection. 

WORKSHOP -  August 1 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Textile & Metal Jewelry with Joanna Gollberg. 

All programs are free with membership or Museum admission except for the workshop which is $95 for members, $105 for non-members.

April 6, 2015

Asheville City Market Open for the Season with Handmade Goods

April  8 and 11, 2015   The Asheville City Open Air Market will be open on Saturdays at the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville NC and Town Square Blvd in Biltmore Park Town Square on Wednesdays from 1 - 4 PM . Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around and local artisan products in two locations for your convenience, downtown and South Asheville.EBT, credit, and debit cards are accepted. 

Additional activities include live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. The little ones will enjoy the Growing Minds @ Market (June, July, August) activities, and more. 

April 2, 2015

CCCD announces new, experimental program, Back to the Drawing Board, seeks volunteer participation

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) presents Back to the Drawing Board, a series of 24-hour take-overs of Benchspace, CCCD's gallery and workshop, intended to provoke conversation, expose process, and invite participation. Juried and invited collaborators will take over Benchspace with the goal of making the invisible creative process visible and will use the venue as a space for experimentation, collaboration, failure, and innovation. The format of each take-over is decided by the collaborator and may include performance, installation, film, or exhibition.

Each take-over will take place from 6 - 9 pm Friday and 10 AM - 6 PM Saturday at Benchspace and will include a public reception from 6 - 9 PM on Friday evening.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is located at 67 Broadway Street in Asheville NC.

April 1, 2015

New Exhibit at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

"Floating Sculpture" a new exhibition, opens this weekend at BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 159 Chestnut Street -corner of Chestnut and Main - in Blowing Rock NC.  The ducks have arrived bringing treasures from the coast to the mountains.  

This prestigious collection of duck decoys explores the careful craftsmanship involved in creating these beautiful sculptures, allowing them to stand alone as highly appreciated works of art. Bruce Barclay Cameron was a collector, sportsman, and philanthropist, and by the 1970s, Cameron was collecting duck decoys from all across the country.  He learned all about the careful craft involved in making one of these sculptures, from the nuances of the paint quality and form to the spirit of the bird itself. 

Within just a few decades, Cameron had amassed a grand collection of over three-hundred decoy sculptures, sixty-one of which are on display at BRAHM this summer. Artistans included are A. Elmer Crowell from Cape Cod, MA; Joseph Lincoln from Accord, MA; Hucks Caines from Georgetown, SC; the Ward Brothers, Lemuel and Stephen, from Crisfield, MD; Mitchell Fulcher of Stacy, NC; and Ned Burgess of Duck, NC. 

Moonlight Film’s Spirit of the Bird, directed by James Spione, will be playing on loop in the gallery.  The film explores how this uniquely American folk tradition has evolved over the centuries. The exhibition is organized by  the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. 

A reception for this exhibition along with "1923: The Blowing Rock Fire" will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 5:30 - 7 PM. Museum members as well as the general public are invited to attend.