Gallery Gossip

• If you have an interest in the state of area art education at the college level, check out a faculty show at Warren Wilson and a UNCA faculty/student show at the Center for the Arts in Black Mountain (which might be more interesting if information had been provided about which teacher chose which student and why).

• Juror for the student exhibit at WCU this year will be Asheville-based painter, printmaker and, more recently, sculptor, Linda Larsen.

• If Joyce Scott’s beadwork is a bit much for you, go see work at Mountain Made Gallery by Mamma Ruth. Totally blind and deaf since childhood, Mamma Ruth provides great inspiration to the kids in her YMI Cultural Center workshops. “She is a remarkable role model,” says Ruth Gaines, her job coach at Liberty Corners. “She thinks she can do anything.”

• The Scholastics Show at Pack Place Gallery (featuring juried work by area high-schoolers) is impressive. A lot of the pieces address important societal issues in an effective way. These kids are paying attention!

• Matt Chambers reports that Kathryn Philpott-Hill’s “Come Hell and High Water,” a one-night performance/installation at the Arts Council gallery, impressed him. “It was a powerful reminder,” he said, “of just how bad things were in New Orleans – and still are.”

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