Opening the Door to Change
The Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University recently debuted its latest exhibit, Opening the Door to Change: Educating Rural Appalachia. “This exhibition presents a focus on the dynamic relationship between community values and education,” says Les Reker, director of the Rural Heritage Museum. “It explores how rural students have had to navigate the various economic, geographic and racial challenges they have faced while pursing an education in rural Appalachia, especially Western North Carolina.” Examining the time period between the mid-19th and the late 20th century, the virtual presentation includes videos, rare photographs and detailed historical panels. To learn more about the free, online exhibit, visit avl.mx/8yf.
Lunch & Learn with historian Steve Nash
Steve Nash, associate professor of history at East Tennessee State University and president of the Mountain History and Culture Group, will host a virtual Lunch & Learn at Pack Memorial Library on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Nash’s presentation will focus on the Freedmen’s Bureau, a government agency brought in to help the South adjust from slave to paid labor, following the Confederacy’s defeat during the Civil War. Running noon-1 p.m., the event is free to attend. To learn more, visit avl.mx/8zp.
Art & Design Faculty Biennial
Every two years, Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum invites faculty members to share their latest works at the Art & Design Faculty Biennial. This year’s theme is water. According to a description on the university’s website, the show asks viewers “to consider our physical and psychological relationship with water, as well as its spectrum of impact on our lives and ecosystems, as both a destructive force and sustainer of life.” Currently on display, the virtual exhibit runs through Friday, May 7. Learn more at avl.mx/8ya.
The Creative Well
Local artist Nate Barton’s new exhibit, The Creative Well, is on display in the Upper Gallery at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Comprising various mediums, the collection features oil pastels, watercolors and ink. “In the past few months, I have experienced a bit of an explosion of creativity,” says Barton in a press release. “My creative well is overflowing, and I have been channeling it into making art.” The exhibit is free to attend and runs through Friday, Feb. 26, at Black Mountain Center for Arts, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To learn more, visit avl.mx/8yh.
Asheville Mardi Gras
In response to COVID-19, the annual Asheville Mardi Gras is changing course, opting for its first-ever house float parade instead of its traditional downtown Mardi Gras celebration. Over 20 homes are participating with outlandish decorations capturing the spirit of the festival, which takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 16. For details, including a map of participating homes, visit avl.mx/8z1.
Calling all poets
N.C. State University’s annual poetry contest is accepting submissions from all North Carolina residents, including out-of-state and international students enrolled in North Carolina universities. Published writers, tenured/tenure-track professors in the University of North Carolina system and previous contest winners are ineligible. It’s free to enter, and contestants may submit up to three poems. Deadline to enter is Monday, March 1. For more details, visit avl.mx/8yg.
Still time to submit
Moog Music is accepting submissions through Sunday, Feb. 28, for a new vinyl mural that will span the width of the Moog factory building in downtown Asheville. Proposals should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject line “Moog Factory Artwork Submission.” For more information, visit avl.mx/8yi.