After a gradual reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Spiral 1 is back in full force July 3-Aug. 28 with four new exhibits. Tools of the Trade: Reinterpreting Traditional Women’s Work (Main Gallery), a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, includes ceramics, glass, weavings, sculpture, furniture and more; Hyperrealism, Deception & Blurred Media (Lower Level Gallery) spotlights 13 artists who specialize in optical tricks; Alberto Ortega: Cul-de-Sac (Small Format Gallery) is an exploration of the American suburban landscape; and Ralph Burns — A Time Before: Asheville and Beyond, 1975-1999 (Showcase Gallery) features work by the local documentary photographer that depicts the city “on the verge of becoming obsolete, with little indication of the growth to come.” Capacity is limited to 30 clients, and all who enter are required to wear a mask. Free to attend. bluespiral1.com. Photo of “Haywood Street #3, Asheville, NC, 1977,” by Burns, courtesy of Blue Spiral 1
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