Publishers of local style/music/arts magazine Thread want you to know that “Art Matters!” To which you respond, “Well, duh.” But knowing that and supporting the concept are two different things, and the indie publication hopes area art lovers will help make the magazine’s continued efforts possible.
Creator and editor Erica Stepanian sees publication as more of an art form than a commercial venture. Readers of Thread‘s inaugural issue were treated to photography, music features, art reviews and interviews of local artists, by other local artists. That insider perspective is rarely accomplished by ad-driven media, but Thread‘s labor-of-love approach makes for off-kilter features and edgy points of view.
The second issue — free on newsstands some time this month — offers more insider perspective on the local, burgeoning arts scene. To drum up support (especially that of the financial ilk), the magazine holds its Art Matters fundraiser at The Satellite Gallery (55 Broadway, Asheville, 505-2225) on Wednesday, April 30. The 8 p.m. party includes performances by Seth Kauffman and Ashes in Order, food from Mela, Green Sage and Bar 100, and a live art auction (60 percent of auction proceeds going directly to the artists; the remaining 40 percent offsets Thread‘s production costs.) $10, tickets available
at Harvest Records (415 Haywood Road, West Asheville, 258-2999) and at Minx (64 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, 225-5680).
— Alli Marshall, A&E reporter