The Asheville Zine Fest hopes to represent the full range of independent publications. Supported by DIY, book- and craft-minded donors Big Crafty, Horse and Hero and Downtown Books and News, the event will also include readings and vendors at The Grey Eagle
From his Weaverville home studio, self-taught artist Stefan Vinyarszky carves intricate figures and landscapes from wood and stone.
UNC Asheville and the Asheville Area Art Council are currently in the early stages of renovating two unaffiliated buildings. Though both stand empty for the time being, excitement echoes in those hallways because the projects promise innovative new approaches to artmaking.
Western North Carolina is home to a number of Earth Day-related festivities and programs. Here’s a rundown of some of the most notable events.
For the third year, Dobra Tea’s Black Mountain location will partner with local artisans and musicians to raise money for the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden.
Encaustic painter Julia Fosson, whose workshop is located in the Hatchery Studios in the River Arts Districts, spent years unaware of the art form. It is a multifaceted, multilayered medium that involves beeswax, blow torches, heating guns and hot plates, along with dammar — a type of tree sap in which the beeswax is cooked.
Asheville resident Nikki Madle is collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, new underwear, used or new sweatshirts and sweatpants, chapsticks, and travel-sized shampoos and conditioners for sexual violence victims at the hospital. Her drive runs through Friday, April 15.
The numerous exhibits and activities scattered over four days are all a piece of the dialog, though organizer Eric Baden says it will be worthwhile to participate in any or all of photo+craft’s many facets.
There is a magical and surreal quality to the lamps Pamella O’Connor creates at Hanji Home, her shop and business, located at the Wedge Studios in the River Arts District.
Not only were women the organizers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, but they also made up a significant part of its membership. The works selected for Appalachian Innovators show a continuity of the female workforce over 70 years and include historical gems alongside contemporary works by Cynthia Bringle, Jane Peiser and others.
Brenna McBroom works in a very specific and specialized form of ceramics — the crystalline glazing process. It’s one that demands a delicate balance between glaze composition, firing schedule, glaze thickness, pot shape and pedestal control.
Many of Christie Calaycay’s designs incorporate patterns and structures inspired by the natural world. Her more recent projects — like her Balangay inspired necklaces and earrings — aim to explore cultures.
Craft-focused show “Handcrafted America” launches Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m. on INSP.
Coloring for adults is all the rage. Get in on the fun! Print out this adult coloring book page or pick up this week’s Xpress, dig out those art supplies, sharpen up your colored pencils and go to town. Mail it to your mom, and maybe it will make the cut to go on the fridge.
The 27th annual event is at The Grove Park Inn, with antiques, contemporary art and book shows open to the public, Feb. 19-21.
Walk any downtown Asheville street and you’re likely to encounter some quirky storefronts offering unusual products. Together, these “specialty shops” or boutiques, most of them locally owned businesses, are a key component of the city’s distinctive flavor, attracting thousands of tourists each year and helping fuel the economy.
Coloring intricate designs is helping adults unplug from daily life relieve anxieties, but calling the activity “art therapy” isn’t quite accurate.
One of the things that intrigues Garth Johnson about the artists represented in Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion, “is that there isn’t a tremendous obsession with where the art lies,” he says. Johnson curated the exhibit, which is on display at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design through Saturday, May 21.
Metal has always been prominent in Murray’s life. As a child growing up in Princeton, Ky., she spent her afternoons in her father’s shop, Murray Drilling. With a broom in hand and rollerblades strapped to her feet, she swept the floors at a quick pace, earning cash for gadgets and tools of her own.
To help its neighbors in Madison County manage these costs, local nonprofit organization Madison Has HEArT is hosting its third annual Fanciful Flea event on February 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Marshall Island Studios in downtown Marshall.
As Easter nears, Kulish will be opening up registration for her studio-based classes in pysanky, where she will lead attendees through the Ukrainian craft, just as her mother had those many years ago.