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. […]