City of 1,000 Easels project seeks to saturate the roster with talent, issues call for more artists

If the end of LAAFF leaves you pining for more art and fun on the streets of Asheville, fret not — you don’t have long to wait.

On Sunday, September 12, the Asheville Area Arts Council will station 200 visual artists along the sidewalks of downtown Asheville for the “City of 1,000 Easels” project.

The event, billed as an “immersive art experience,” features three hours of local visual artists, all working live and in living color. Artists will be stationed in designated spots throughout the city between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. A detailed map is available through the AAAC.

Newly appointed AAAC program director Graham Hackett reports that the goal of 200 artists actively painting on the streets of Asheville has nearly been reached, but there are still slots available. Both veteran and amateur artists are invited to be a part of this self-guided walking tour of the creative process.

According to Hackett, “Asheville is spilling over with talent. This project is to drive the point home by showing what it looks like when we bring even a fraction of the visual arts community together in one place.”
Hackett reports that each of the artists will have a silent auction card on their easel, where anyone can bid on their work in progress. Every penny from the sale goes directly to the artist, he says, though some have chosen to donate a percentage of the proceeds back to the AAAC.

To get involved, contact Graham Hackett via email:


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