HAIR APPARENT: "You might think you’ve seen [printmaking] before, but this is showing it in a different light,” says Blue Spiral 1 director Michael Manes. The gallery’s ‘Ink + Imagery’ invitational includes boundary-pushing work in the print genre such as Knoxville, Tenn.-based artist Althea Murphy-Price’s piece “More Please,” a lithograph with screen printed collage and flocking.

Blue Spiral 1 launches its printmakin­g invitation­al and an updated image

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.”

MOOD INDIGO: Abbey Allen, left and Alan Malpass of Asheville Aerial Arts prepare for the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Indigo Ball — the organization’s multi-party fundraiser that features a wealth of local talent. The color ball launched in 2002 and was produced in less lavish iterations over the years. The Sept. 9 event returns to original form.

AAAC’s Indigo Ball celebrates local creativity

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.