Hendersonville photographer Walter Arnold juxtaposes the dirt and decomposition of disused spaces with saturated colors that hint at former glory — a strategy that brings hauntingly evocative results to each canvas.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the art project of Hendersonville photographer Walter Arnold, a new kiln for the ladies of Mudhoneyz Studio and entrepreneur Derek Plumb’s quest to make dorm rooms into havens for creativity.

Image by Keith Krebbs

Thirsty Monk reserves rare and unusual beers for Thirsty Fest, Sept. 7-13

Thirsty Fest — Thirsty Monk’s annual celebration of hard-to-find but delightful-to-drink draught beers — takes place at the downtown pub, both upstairs and downstairs, from Sept. 7-13 during opening hours. “Thirsty Fest is an event that we plan and reserve our best kegs for throughout the entire year,” says Vice President, Chall Gray. “Our head […]

Cajun band the Revelers to play in support of latest album Get Ready at Isis, Sept. 11

Cajun band the Revelers play a CD release set for new album Get Ready at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 11, at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show are $12/$15 per person, available online here. “Southwest Louisiana is in the midst of another explosion of uniquely American music, with The Revelers at […]

Outdoor enthusiast specialty retail shop Field & Stream to open in October, now hiring for 90 positions

Field & Stream, a specialty retail shop for outdoor enthusiasts, is hiring for its new Biltmore Square Mall location at 800 Brevard Road, which is set to open in October. Approximately 90 full- and part-time positions are available, according to a media release. Interested candidates should visit fieldandstreamshop.com to learn more. Here is the full […]

Duke Energy announces $3M in N.C. education grants, including $120,000 to Buncombe County organizations

Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $3,000,000 in grants to N.C.-based educational organizations, including three groups in Buncombe County. Asheville City Schools Foundation will receive $15,000 to “provide teacher fellowships to engage in professional development in STEM [or, science, technology, engineering and math] topics and implement improved STEM instruction that is inquiry-based and hands-on,” according to […]

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Environmental artist Melanie Oliva to public: Don’t kill my buzz

Noting the general public’s distaste for forceful instruction, Miami-based environmental artist Melanie Oliva launched a different kind of campaign to benefit the world’s pollinators. She recently challenged 200 members of the Inspiration Pollination art group, including Asheville’s Leif Erik Johansen, to “post a pollinator-focused project on Facebook and pass the challenge on to four more […]

Photo by Kat McReynolds

Asheville Housing Fair provides information on credit, home buying, renter rights and more, Sept. 19

The 2015 Asheville Housing Fair, held by the City of Asheville and Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS, will take place at the Stephens Lee Center (30 George Washington Carver Ave.) on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With more than 20 nonprofits attending, the free event will provide education on […]

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Village Potters’ co-founder Sarah Wells Rolland named Feature Potter for WNC Pottery Festival

The Village Potters’ co-founder Sarah Wells Rolland was recently named Feature Potter for the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival. Her work will be featured at the festival, which takes place in Dillsboro on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The rain-or-shine festival costs $5 per adult to attend, and children under 12 […]

Asheville French School begins Sept. 17, with early registration until Aug. 31

Asheville French School classes — 75-minute sessions led by Allison Weems and held at MetroWines, including free pours — begin on Sept. 17, and early registration for beginner and conversational levels is available until Monday, Aug. 31. An eight-week course costs $225 per person ($180 with early registration), and drop-ins are accepted at a rate […]

Discounted tickets to Lake Junaluska Peace Conference available until Sept. 1

The 2015 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference takes place at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center from Nov. 12-15, with an early registration deadline of Tuesday, Sept. 1. “This year’s conference, ‘Longing for Peace/Exploring the Heart of God,’ will feature three keynote speakers and focus on the spiritual roots and foundations that support the search for […]

Free electric car show with demo rides at Asheville Outlets, Sept. 13

Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition and Asheville Outlets are hosting a free electric car show at Asheville Outlets on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. “Electric vehicle owners and dealers will be at Asheville Outlets to answer questions about electric vehicles including cost, savings, charging options, tax […]


Motivational speaker Brian Biro to speak at Entrepreneur-in-Residence leadership conference, Aug. 28

Motivational and leadership speaker Brian Biro will present at a half-day business leadership workshop held by the Western North Carolina Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. The event, which is aimed at helping individuals eliminate barriers to progress at home and work, takes place at A-B Tech’s Magnolia Building on Friday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. until […]

A pup enjoy's Aloft's rooftop concert series. Photo courtesy of Aloft Asheville Downtown

Aloft hotel celebrates National Dog Day with adoption fair, freebies on Aug. 26

Aloft Asheville Downtown has a history of puppy love: The hotel periodically partners with animal shelters to raise awareness and funds through special event programming and also houses adoptable pups from Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue one at a time, year round. It’s no surprise then, that the hotel has planned a day full of festivities […]

American Association of State Climatologists locates national headquarters in Asheville

The American Association of State Climatologists announced today that its headquarters will be located in Asheville, according to a media release from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. From the WNC office, newly hired executive director Lieutenant-Colonel Glenn Kerr (retired) — former commander of the 14th Weather Squadron of the U.S. Air Force — will […]