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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 […]

PUBLIC WORKS: Asheville-based sculptor Hoss Haley says that the work he does for commission is "more design-based, where the needs of the client and the site require a great deal of consideration.” Xpress file photo

Form and function: Large-form metalwork makes its mark on WNC

Asheville probably has more public sculpture than most cities of similar size — a direct result of the region’s rich arts-and-crafts heritage. For starters, there’s Passage, Albert Paley’s abstract steel sculpture at the Veach-Baley Federal Complex on Patton Avenue; Dirck Cruser’s Energy Loop, the first city-purchased sculpture, which sits across the street from City-County Plaza; […]

Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center received a grant from the Windgate (photo by Kyle Sherard)

Black Mountain College Museum receives Windgate grant

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center announced on Tuesday afternoon, Sept 2, that it has received a $646,685 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The award places the 20-year-old nonprofit museum among a growing list of Western North Carolina art-and-craft institutions that have received funding from the Siloam Springs, Ark.-based organization.

ART MEETS CRAFT: Gee's Bend quilter Mary Lee Bendolph signs a print. “We ended up looking at the printmaking process itself and reflecting on the ‘art-versus-craft’ debates that these quilts stirred up by being in museums in the first place,” says exhibit co-curator Marilyn Zapf. Photo courtesy of Warren Wilson College

Dual local exhibits examine the Gee’s Bend quilts through prints

It’s been 12 years since the art world first heard about Boykin, Ala. — better known as Gee’s Bend. This small, unincorporated community tucked deep within a river bend is home to the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, a multigenerational group of African-American women made famous by the Houston Museum of Fine Arts’ 2002 show The […]

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 […]