CURVE is throwing a party

How fun does this sound? It’s like a mini studio stroll, between CURVE studios & garden and Cotton Mill Studios in the River Arts District. There’s a Twilight Party on Friday night, with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, local apple cider and bobbing for apples. Both studios will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see below for schedule), so you can check out the awesome art and craft happening there, and maybe take a piece home. It’s all free!

The full release, from CURVE:

“Two powerhouses in Asheville’s River Arts District are joining forces to create a mini studio stroll. CURVE studios & garden and Cotton Mill Studios have chosen to hold their Fall 2010 Open House Weekends in tandem, same weekend, same street in order to provide our visitor with a very full experience of great art & fine craft.

CURVE studios & garden is humming with energy and harvesting lovely fruit from a bountiful summer of work. Already preparing for the coming holiday season, the 20 studio artists will pause to celebrate their continued success during the CURVE studios & garden Fall 2010 Open House Weekend Sept. 24-26, with a Twilight Party Friday, Sept. 24.  CURVE Open house hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.The twilight party begins at 5 p.m. Friday and features a Mediterranean-themed feast, wine, Wedge beer and music. Throughout the weekend, CURVE studios & garden artists will offer in-studio demonstrations. Everyone is welcome.

The CURVE studios & garden Fall 2010 Open House Weekend is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the garden and visit in the studios of 20 artists including Pattiy Torno’s Extraordinary Quilts, Eclectic Clothing & Fun Fleece, Barb Butler and Karen Donde at Sutherland Handweaving Gallery & Teaching Studio, Meagan Chaney, Simone Wilson & Mimi Strang, all found in building #6.  Constance Williams Gallery & Studios feature Fran Welch, Greg Vineyard, Cassie Ryalls, Lucile Stephens, Jenny Mastin, Patty Bilbro, Cynthia Wynn, Kelly Prestwood, Mystery Masiello, as well as Constance Williams’ wonderful encaustic painting in building #9.  Maria Andrade Troya and her ceramic cohorts, Akira Satake, Kyle Carpenter and Linda McFarling, can be found in building #12.

And right down Riverside Drive, the 11 Artists of the Cotton Mill Studios will also open their doors for their Fall 2010 OPEN House “Art with Craft & Craft with Art” on September 24, 25 & 26.

Working in a variety of mediums that include painting, encaustic, jewelry, music & dance, artists John Mac Kah & Ruthanne Kah, Skip Rhode, Lenny Lopatin, Heather Maloy, Christine Dougherty, Robin Black Walter, Genie Maples (with guest artists Cindy Walton & Susan Finer) welcome all into their studios.

Cloth Fiber Workshop’s Barbara Zaretsky will showcase class offerings for those interested in learning textile surface design techniques along with her production line of hand-dyed silk pillows, table runners, scarves & wearables.  Marty & Eileen Black, who had the good sense to purchase Cotton Mill Studios in 2002 to make a home for The Potter’s Mark, their pottery and retail gallery anchor this rich and eclectic cultural center.

Stalwartly brick, with high ceilings, steel beams and industrial sized windows, each studio has a unique flavor.  Do not miss the new Mill Gallery upstairs, an informal exhibition space for paintings and 2D pieces.

Cotton Mill Studios Fall Open House hours are 11 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 24 & 11 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 25 & Sunday, September 26.  You can find Cotton Mill Studios @ 122 Riverside Drive in Asheville’s River Arts District.”



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