ROOM WITH A VIEW: Along with new funding sources, collaborations and programs, Asheville Area Arts Council relocates from the River Arts District to the Grove Arcade. "I think we will see more action downtown," says AAAC director Kitty Love, left, with operations manager Mica Mead. Photo by Kyle Sherard

State of the Arts: Asheville Area Arts Council’s recharged direction

The Asheville Area Arts Council is moving: Friday, Aug. 1, marks opening day for the 62-year-old nonprofit organization in suites 144 and 143-A of the Grove Arcade. The new location marks the organization’s return to downtown Asheville after a three-year stint in the River Arts District’s Pink Dog Creative building. The move also follows a […]

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Unfit for artistry: Asheville upholds closing of RAD studio space

An 11th-hour effort to stave off a city order mandating that nearly two dozen artists vacate a cluster of River Arts District buildings came to an end on Wednesday afternoon, July 16, when city officials made final their decision and declined to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy. The mandate affects a city-sponsored art project and New […]

CHAIN REACTION: Durham-based artist Stephen Hayes stands with sculptural works from his exhibit, Cash Crop. The figures symbolize both the African slave trade and contemporary trade economics. Photo courtesy of the artist

“Cash Crop,” new exhibit at YMI, looks at African slave trade and current trade economics

Between 1502 and the mid-1860s, more than 15 million people were placed in chains and loaded onto boats that sailed from West African shores to Brazilian ports, Caribbean sugar plantations and American cities like Wilmington, N.C., Mobile, Ala. and Charleston, S.C. There, the 12 million or so who survived the monthslong Middle Passage, shackled and […]

WHERE THINGS ARE HOLLOW: A modern take on Venus de Milo is one of the pieces in The Fame Game, a new collaborative exhibition by Asheville artists Yamabushi and Ishmael, on view at the Satellite Gallery. Photo by Kyle Sherard

State of the Arts: Asheville artists Yamabushi and Ishmael collaborate on “The Fame Game”

The word “fame” is painted directly on the wall beside the Satellite Gallery’s entrance in 12-foot-tall letters. It’s written in the wispy Coca-Cola script, but in a gluttonous and vibrating pinkish orange rather than the patented cherry red color, and it introduces The Fame Game, a new collaborative exhibition by Asheville artists Yamabushi and Ishmael. The show […]

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Blip: A new collection of works by painter Jeremy Russell opens June 7

Stepping away from your artwork is by all means a healthy practice. Likewise, getting entirely outside of that artistic comfort zone can unleash an even greater wealth of perspective-changing insight. And occasionally that leads you back to a better-informed and more refined starting point. Blip, the newest collection of oil works by Asheville painter Jeremy […]

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Instant Photography: 2003 – 2014 opens at Castell Photography this Friday

Instant Photography: 2003-2014 It’s hard to believe that Polaroid film could completely disappear. There always seems to be someone willing to step in and provide a financial crutch, or two for that matter. (I’ve personally lost count of how many resuscitations the company has had since debuting its instant self-developing film in 1947.) But whatever […]


MFA BFA RAD: A pop-up exhibition of new works by 18 WCU students

The exhibition, which opened Friday, April 25, is up through this Friday, May 2 at The Tannery, a studio and gallery space off of Old Lyman Street in the River Arts District. It was organized independently of the WCU art program and co-curated by MFA candidates Tonya Anderson and Laura Sellers. Its featured works offer a cross section of the department’s breadth.

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Smart Bets: The Tills

Asheville-based psychedelic indie pop rocker outfit The Tills arose from the ashes of its former, and apparently legally bound name, The Critters, in January after receiving a cease-and-desist phone call from the 1960s pop band of the same name. The local obliged and promptly released its new album, Mixtape Vol. 1, a frenzied 13-track outburst […]

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Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision

Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision, 1972 – 2013, is a new exhibition opening this Saturday, March 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Asheville Art Museum. The show, curated by J. Richard Gruber, Ph.D., the Director Emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, surveys 41 years of work by Asheville photographer Ralph Burns. Photo: “Baptism #1,” Jordan River, Israel, 1996, silver gelatin print