Equine Entertainment: The Rural Academy Theatre is making several stops in WNC. The horse-and-wagon-pulled performance troupe features live music, silent movies and shadow puppetry. Photo courtesy of Rural Academy Theatre


At the lumbering speed of 2.5 miles per hour, the Rural Academy Theatre is making their second tour through Western North Carolina. The horse-drawn performance troupe loads all of its supplies, instruments and equipment into a wagon-trailer reminiscent of the Oregon Trail computer game. A few bicyclists ride alongside the caravan to scout roads and […]

The glass and ceramic work created at the EnergyXchange is powered by decomposing trash — methane from a former landfill.

Gas to glass

The EnergyXchange in Burnsville is in the innovation business. Built on the site of a former landfill, the complex includes four greenhouses, three cold frames, a retail craft gallery, a visitor center, clay studio and glass studio. And most of it's fueled by decomposing trash. Methane, that is. Glassblowing and ceramics studios are notorious for […]

Margaret Couch Cogswell offers her easy and personable voice to Book Play, her new publicatoin from Lark Books. Photo courtesy the artist

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“Even though I make books, I really hadn’t considered this kind of thing before because it’s so far from what I know,” said Asheville artist Margaret Couch Cogswell about her recent publication, Book Play. Still, she says of the venture, “If it’s all easy, you’re not learning anything.” Book Play, Cogswell’s first publication, is primarily […]

Andy Warhol, Emily Fisher Landau, 1982, synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy of Emily Fisher Landau, New York © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Reproduction, including downloading of works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission Of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (www.arsny.com).

Big names, little town

Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Keith Haring, Martin Puryear, Jenny Holzer, Carl Andre and William Eggleston — it sounds like a litany from an art school student trying to impress someone at a party. It’s really a selection of works from the Emily Fisher Landau collection that has made […]

Anne Lemanski, “Deregulator,” 2011 . Copper rod, novelty money, fabric and artificial sinew, 25 x 20 x 42 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Wingate Foundation. Asheville Art Museum collection.

Arts and activism: A potter, a sculptor, a printer

The arts have long been a vehicle for progressive thinkers to communicate ideas, challenge beliefs or expose injustices. Here’s a quick look at three artists exploring this overlap between arts and activism. Letterpress printer Frank Brannon directs a printing project that uses the Cherokee language. “Like many languages around the world, the Cherokee spoken language […]