Smart Bets: The April Fool Show

This month would have marked the 60th birthday of the late (and much missed) local sculptor and painter Vadim Bora. The artist, originally from the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, came to the U.S. in 1993. At his downtown Asheville gallery, he “mounted an annual or sometimes biannual April Fool exhibition — celebrating a sharp wit, political satire, clever caricatures and amusing observations of life in sketches, drawings, paintings and sculpture,” according to a press release. A two-part exhibition pays homage to that tradition. Part 1, held in Bora's former studio, upstairs at 30 Battery Park Ave., opens Friday, April 4, from 5-9 p.m. Part II, held at 5 Walnut, opens on Wednesday, April 9, from 5-8 p.m. Both shows run until Wednesday, April 30. vadimborastudio.com. Pitcured: "Checker Players" by Vadmin Bora, courtesy of Constance Richards Bora

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