Gallery gossip

• You know you live in an Art Town when the stuff you see in coffee shops and restaurants rivals the work in the galleries — check out the quirky paintings of Julie Armbruster on the walls at Early Girl.

• Jean Loewer’s beautiful mural, “Books for Everyone: Katherine Case and the Bookmobile” at Pack Library, is not only a meaningful salute to Katherine Case, it is a poignant reminder of the vanishing history and way of life in our mountains.

• Robert Godfrey has presented his graduate students with some great information about the difference in an academic MFA and a professional one. A few of his helpful hints: An academic MFA student will prefer structure, while a professional one will prefer spontaneity and improvisation. The academic will be interested in solving a problem, while the professional will want to invent a problem. The academic wants to be liked; the professional just wants respect. And my personal favorite: The academic bases “progress” on repeated successes, while the professional bases it on breakthroughs and risk-taking failures.

• The Asheville Symphony often complains that their audience is all over 60. Might their attitude — expressed in the following quote, from the company’s recent season-subscription brochure — have anything to do with that? Referring to John Cage’s “Suite for a Toy Piano,” they say, ” … This is a piece that only the Peanuts’ Schroeder would completely appreciate.”

• Be sure to see Sara LeVan’s knockout flower painting in the window at Asheville Gallery of Art.

— Connie Bostic

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