Last night, the Asheville Area Arts Council presented The Refinery Creator Space grand opening. The 15,000-square-foot industrial building is home to resident artists as well as non-profits, in an effort to promote collaboration, cooperation and growth. The evening’s events included art exhibits, open studio strolls, live music by The BeaTeam, a performance by The Djembeso LEAF Schools & Streets Group, guest speakers, a poetry reading and a wet paint exhibit.
The BeaTeam performs at last night’s grand opening.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to stroll through numerous studios.
Nick Moen’s Bright Angle Ceramics Studio.
Guests look over some of the pottery on display.
Brit Davis, Jason Scott Furr and Daniel Abide, employees of The Asheville Darkroom.
Micah Mackenzie inside his studio.
Nan Sherry captures Wild Earth Textiles owner and maker, Melanie Wilder.
Melanie Wilder of Wild Earth Textiles.
Jenny Fares inside her Sound Mind Creative studio.
The donor wall.
The Refinery Creator Space is located at 207 Coxe Ave. Its hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.
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