Just when you thought the theme had been completely exhausted, John Cram comes up with another great cat poster for his Village Art and Craft Fair. The fair happens on Aug. 4 and 5, but the T-shirts are available now.
• Lauren Gibbes is rolling right along in the Big Apple—she has work in yet another group show opening this week.
• Talk about a family affair! Flat Rock’s Hand in Hand Gallery is exhibiting the paintings of Edwin Voorhees, who died in 1999, with those of his wife Mildred and those of their daughter Susan. There will also be ceramics by son David, and jewelry by daughter-in-law Molly. The Voorhees’ grandson, Chad, will show his furniture and his wife, Amy, will show her paintings. Add to that paintings by Voorhees granddaughters Catherine and Elizabeth, and jewelry by granddaughter Suzie and great-granddaughter Andie. The show runs from July 20 through Aug. 26.
• In a coffee shop or in a vanity gallery, self-curation is almost always a bad idea.
• With orientation for students just three weeks away, the new Department of Art and Design at Western Carolina University is looking for a full-time person to teach three Art History classes and adjuncts to teach The History of Furniture, Introduction to Interior Design, and Design I.
• Architect Peter Alberice is showing new paintings in warm, comforting colors at Bella Vista. In the meantime, the old Bella Vista space in the River District is filled with blinding, right-out-of-the-tube color.
• How often does Asheville get to host work by artists who participate in the Florence Biennale? Rian Kerrane and Mark Guilbeau have a remarkable installation at Flood Gallery.
• Looks like the lucky artists who will be renting the generous spaces in the wonderful Marshall High Studios will be able to move in by Sept. 1. They’ll enjoy solar hot water, all-new wiring, all-new plumbing, a sprinkler system, fresh paint, wood floors, a huge community deck, and best of all, they’ll be making art, not beside, but on an island in the middle of the French Broad River! Did I mention that the 10-acre island is being turned into a 10-acre park, and that the going rate for space is as good as anywhere in Asheville? Another gift from the ever-generous Rob Pulleyn. (Check out the feature story in an upcoming issue of Xpress.)