New exhibit at Asheville airport celebrates three years of local “Art in the Airport”

The work of more than 100 local artists has been displayed for air travelers at the Asheville Regional Airport during the three-year period since the “Art in the Airport” program began. A new collection of local work went up this past Friday in conjunction with the program’s anniversary. This is the 12th exhibit since the program began in June 2007, with each show remaining up 120 days before rotating out.

“The gallery welcomes visitors to Western North Carolina by giving them a small taste of the creative culture that exists here,” explained airport Director Lew Bleiweis. “It’s enriching for everyone – artists, travelers, and area art enthusiasts.”

The new show features seven artists and 33 pieces of art, including photography, clay sculpture, and found-object construction.

The Art in the Airport gallery is located on the pre-security side of the airport terminal and is open to the public during airport operating hours. Artwork can also be seen in the baggage carousel cases near Guest Services.

The application deadline for the next exhibit is September 10. Interested artists should visit or e-mail for more information.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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