Some Asheville-based arts organizations are focused on more than teaching technique to those in search of a new skill. Sure, learning how to use the tools is no small accomplishment, but these initiatives use artwork to expand horizons, explore self and community and heal wounds both physical and emotional.
The exhibit of 13 local artists, representing an array of skin colors, ages, genders and backgrounds, runs through Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Asheville Area Arts Council.
The Appalachian-inspired sounds of Tina & Her Pony are increasingly abstract in new album Champion, which was inspired by “dreams, the subconscious and death,” according to the local duo.
Martha Skinner’s latest exhibit, Living Section: Retrospective of my Fertility will open Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University.
The first self-guided tours of North Asheville art studios is set for Oct. 28 and 29.
A look back at the week in Asheville — and a sneak peek of Xpress’ upcoming issue, coming to a newsstand near you by Wednesday, Oct. 25.
There are familiar formats such as linoleum block prints and silk screens, but also laser-cut plexiglass, shadow boxes, colored etchings, weavings and photogravure, among other mediums. “We’re selecting the artists based on the diversity we’re looking for,” says Blue Spiral 1 director Michael Manes. “It’s an exciting time: We can show off the best of the best.”
Through exploring the role of art and aesthetics in social activism, the Radical Beauty conference — a new event hosted by the Montreat Conference Center from Monday, Oct. 9 through Thursday, Oct. 12 — offers an alternative approach to promoting cultural change.
The “Hey Asheville” pop-up show runs Oct. 2-8 at Horse + Hero with an artist reception Oct. 6.
As the annual conference attests, ideas and influences continue to ripple from the legendary school. This year’s theme is “Process + Performance.”
The celebration of Latin American culture takes place Sunday, Sept. 24, in downtown Hendersonville.
Randy Shull and his partner/“co-conspirator” Hedy Fischer will open ¡Viva! on Saturday, Sept. 16 — aka Mexican Independence Day. The exhibition features more than a dozen contemporary Latin American artists.
The fine arts and craft show takes place in downtown Weaverville on Saturday, Sept. 16.
If you’re in downtown Asheville on Saturday, Sept. 9, and see people dashing down the sidewalks in blue outfits and other formal attire, don’t be alarmed. These costumed folks are out reveling in the name of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Indigo Color Ball, a sight unseen for two years — and in many ways, even longer.
The opening reception for Asheville Printmakers’ exhibit is Sept. 9 at Asheville BookWorks Gallery.
Dialogue is the hope for the opening reception, when seven artists — Deanna Chilian, Chuck Hunner, Julie Miles, Roger Munch, Leslie Rowland, Molly Sawyer and exhibition curator Joseph Pearson — will come together to speak about their work and its connection to nature.
Grovewood Gallery hosts an exhibition of artwork by Arts For Life pediatric patients Sept. 2-17.
The annual event raises money for WNCAP’s operation and programming, including HIV/AIDS education, outreach and advocacy.
“We try to bring a lot of our alumni back so that our current students can see what they’ve been doing since they left school,” says Carrie Tomberlin, UNCA photography instructor.
“I feel that all art is symbolic, and good art can convey both feelings and ideas,” says local artist Joshua Spiceland. “What new meaning can these objects that we see everyday take on when they are presented in the symbolic realm of the picture?”