The final art walk of the season is this Friday

It’s the final downtown art walk of the season. And, like the first art walk (back in April) welcomed in Spring, this final stroll bookends the year by ringing in the holidays. For a map and full list of galleries, click the ADGA Brochure link on the Asheville Downtown Galleries website; for a few not-to-be-missed openings, read on:

• Grateful Steps Publishing (189 S. Lexington Ave.) celebrates the launch of Look Up Asheville: A photographic journey through Asheville’s architectural history. The book includes photos by Michael Oppenheim and text by Laura Hope-Gill. Reception 5-10 p.m. with refreshments.

• Castell Photography (2c Wilson Alley) hosts Salon 2010, “a very special group show: a showcase of the finest photo-based artwork from all of our 2010 artists” (including “Equilibrium” by Jacquelyn Leebrick, below). From the press release: “This show will also be an opportunity for patrons to purchase works from past exhibitions that they have been unable to forget since the work came down, or view artists that may have been missed. Favorites from the year such as featured April artist Martin Stranka, a young visionary photographer from from the Czech Republic,  Jacquelyn Leebrick, a North Carolina artist working in digital collage, and Castell Photography’s very own Brie Castell are sure to elicit a response from newcomers and returning clients alike.” 5-8 p.m.

• Push Skate Shop (25 Patton Ave.) celebrates David Hale’s Birdsong Opening. Hale is a visionary and tattoo artist based in Athens, Ga. “30 new works and an installation, Limited Edition mens and womens T-Shirts, Canvas Tote Bags, and 6 different Limited Edition (50) Screen Prints! James Keane will be performing live at the opening.. Work will be affordable and the love with overflow.. if that is not enough to tempt you, drinks and food will be provided.” 6-8 p.m.

Farther afield
• Head to Black Mountain for Holly Jolly, a holiday open house at AnTHM Gallery (100.5 West State St.). “AnTHM will be open from 10 am to 9 pm, featuring artists and their handcrafted goods from art, clothing, ornaments and jewelry to candles, scarves and much more. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, giftwrapping and most importantly…good cheer!”

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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