July 31, 2015

Asheville Art Museum News: August Events at the Museum

August 7, 2015 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Asheville Art Museum, 2 S Pack Square in Asheville NC: First Friday Art Walk. Free with membership or Museum admission. On the first Friday of each month, the Museum welcomes participants of the Downtown Asheville Art District's First Friday Art Walk. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the remarkable Asheville Art Museum.

August 13, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM: Lecture: Male Quilter Roger Winchell. Free with membership or Museum admission. Join a discussion and show-and-tell with local male-quilter Roger Winchell. Winchell has only been quilting for five years, but in that short period he won the Viewers' Choice Award at the Asheville Quilt Show with his very first quilt, which was later exhibited at the Folk Art Center. His quilts have won local awards and several have been accepted into national juried shows. Prior to his career in quilting, Roger was a computer systems analyst at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. This event is held in conjunction with "Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters".

August 15 - 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM: Weekend Film Screenings - Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, Directed by Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein Free with membership or Museum admission. An Olympic athlete; a gay activist; a boy with hemophilia; a recovering heroin addict; a closeted Navy commander: five very diverse lives that shared a common fate. Their lives - along with thousands of others - are woven together in a giant memorial patchwork quilt that is solemnly unfolded in the U.S. Capitol to protest the government's refusal to respond to a growing epidemic. Common Threads tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Not rated. 79 minutes. Screened in conjunction with Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters.

August 18, 2015 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM: Tot Time. Free with membership or Museum admission. Come discover the art of play in the interactive Art PLAYce for Children. Art PLAYce is open daily, but each month a fun activity is featured, designed especially for young visitors plus time to explore the Museum galleries.

August 22, 2015 10:00 - 5:00 PM - New on View: William Wegman. Free with membership or Museum admission. Opening Reception: August 23, 3:00 - 5:00 PM. The Museum is excited to present Cubism and Other-isms, an exhibition of works by one of the world's most renowned photographers, William Wegman. The exhibition is on view August 22, 2015 through January 24, 2016.

Over many years, Wegman has been working on a project he calls Cubism and Other-isms, where with his trademark wry humor he mines art historical precedents to create images of startling beauty. Beginning in the early 1990s while making videos and films with his dogs standing in as human characters, the artist placed his subjects on elevated platforms in order to shoot them at eye level. Over the years, props in Wegman's photographs have taken many forms, but none so consistently as the cube.

August 28,2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunchtime Art Break. Heritage and Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Ken Abbott, photographer. Free with membership or Museum admission. The Museum presents Lunchtime Art Breaks, a series of gallery talks and presentations designed to inform and engage you in dialogue with members of the curatorial and education departments, docents and special guests.

August 29,2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM:  Soiree at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. $30 for members; $40 for non-members. Enjoy a tour of the historic Hickory Nut Gap home and enjoy food and music while you immerse yourself in the surroundings of this beautiful farm. Heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by the Hickory Nut Gap Farm, as well as beer and wine will be served. This event is held in conjunction with Heritage and Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm, featuring the works of local photographer Ken Abbott. 

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