"Untitled," by Aspen Hochhalter. Image courtesy of Castell Photography.

Terrestria­l perspectiv­e: Photo exploratio­n at Castell Photograph­y

Photography was only a fledgling art form in the early 1850s when it became a vital source for documenting otherwise unseen corners of the American West. Despite the technical difficulties, the resulting images — sweeping, magisterial views of plains and cliff sides — are unforgettable. The process has found new life in Objects in Perspective, an invigorating collaborative exhibition by Charlotte-based artists Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams.

HOMAGE AND CONTINUATION: The sixth annual {Re}HAPPENING raises funds for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and honors the legacy of Black Mountain College, which operated from 1933-57. “The goal is to support art that is performance-based or experiential,” says Media Arts Project program director Ursula Gullow. Photo by Michael Oppenheim

All together now: {Re}HAPPEN­ING invades Lake Eden

On a summer evening in 1952, a handful of people at Black Mountain College forever changed the course of modern art with a single performance — the world’s first happening. On Saturday, April 4, the sixth annual {Re}HAPPENING will aspire to recapture that mythic spirit at the long-defunct school’s former grounds at Lake Eden, now the home of Camp Rockmont.

Governor Pat McCrory

Is WNC being overlooked when it comes to NC Arts Council board appointmen­ts ?

In February, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s office issued a brief statement announcing eight new board appointments for the North Carolina Arts Council. None of those eight were from any of Western North Carolina’s 28 counties. What’s more, only three of the board’s existing members are from the region, prolonging the age-old divide between Raleigh and the western part of the state.

NEW DIGS: Erin Dickey, left, and program director Alice Sebrell at the BMCM+AC's updated reception desk. Photo by Kyle Sherard

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center debuts revamped gallery

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center officially reopens on Friday, Jan. 30, (following a monthlong closure and a complete gallery overhaul) with a reception for its newest exhibition, Poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil’s poems/images. The opening marks the completion of the first in a series of major renovations and program initiatives made […]

NEW SPECIES: Artist Leslie Samuels embellishes mummified birds with insect wings and elongated feathers. Photo by Kyle Sherard.

State of the arts: Reliquarie­s and mummified animals at Edge of Asheville

Nearly two dozen chameleons, iguanas, frogs, eels, fish and birds make up the central cast of a theatrical exhibition on view through Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Edge of Asheville Gallery & Design Studio. But these are not your average anthropomorphic artworks. Nor are the birds, reptiles and amphibians among the ordinary — or the living. […]

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Permit by numbers: City offers public art contractin­g classes

“Putting artists to work” may sound like a WPA-era poster slogan. But it’s also the fundamental basis of a new series of public art contracting courses hosted by RiverLink and organized by Brenda Mills, the city of Asheville’s economic development specialist. The classes offer an introduction and general overview of being a contractor with the city — […]

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Daydreamer on Biltmore: New mural unveiled

After years of city planning and public forums, another year of designing, sculpting and painting and a month-and-a-half of installation, Daydreamer, Asheville’s newest piece of public art, is finished. Asheville muralists Alex Irvine and Ian Wilkinson took down their scaffolding on Wednesday, Nov. 5, revealing the first unobstructed view of the new work. Daydreamer, formerly […]

DOG DAYS: "Shu and Griffin Shaving Cheyenne," Paw Paw, Madison County, 2012. Photo by Rob Amberg

State of the Arts: Rob Amberg at Pink Dog Creative

For 41 years, photographer Rob Amberg has kept an acute documentary eye on Madison County. With his camera, he’s created an insightful, ongoing narrative that’s familiar yet analytical of every back road, kitchen and front porch in a bucolic landscape. Amberg’s intimate and personal views of the county’s residents have long been among his most […]