I don’t think I’m alone in admitting it’s the promise of wine and cheese that draws me to art openings. However, in my defense I’d also like to say that while sipping a cool plastic cup of Chardonnay I’ve taken the time to browse the visual arts on display and have, indeed, cracked my check book.
Openings are like chic little parties to which you don’t have to bring a hostess gift. And even if you don’t leave with something new for your walls, you gain an increased appreciation for local talent and Asheville’s strong art scene.
Plus, what else are you going to do with your Friday or Saturday evening between your dinner reservation and the time the clubs and theaters open? Here’s a hint:
• UNC-Asheville senior Crystal Goure shows The Productive Use of Leisure, her collection of photo collages, at the Highsmith University Union Gallery. The opening reception is Friday, June 8, 6-9 p.m. Info: 232-5000.
• On Friday, June 8, 6-9 p.m., the Haywood County Arts Council ((86 North Main St., Waynesville) holds and opening reception for landscape artists Lenore Barnett and Timothy Charles Jacobs. Info: 452-0593.
• The Flood Gallery (located in the Phil Mechanic building, 109 Roberts St., Asheville) hosts Work by artist Taiyo la Paix. Opening reception Friday, June 8 from 7-10 p.m. Info: 254-2166
• An artists reception at the Toe River Studio (269 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine) on Friday, June 8, 5-8 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday (June 9 and 10), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Over 120 artists and crafters from Mitchell and Yancey counties will open their studios for browsing and buying. Info: 765-0520
• Ananda Hair Studio (22 Broadway St., Asheville) features rotating art exhibits. Check out the opening reception for Sky Hixson on Saturday, June 9, 7-10 p.m. Info: 232-1017.
• The River District Studio Strolls talk place this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. More than 70
up-and-coming art professionals are represented.
• Eclectic gallery Woolworth Walk (25 Haywood St., Asheville) holds an opening for the exhibit Captured Earth: photography by Rebecca Tolk and pottery by Terri Friday on Sunday, June 10 from 2-4 p.m. Info: 254-9234.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter
Painting by Timothy Charles Jacobs, on exhibit at the Haywood County Arts Council.