For many local artists, faith informs creative output and, in turn, artwork fuels faith.
Xpress rounds up three local shows that remind us that part of the reason for the season is wonder, laughter and artful stage magic.
The inaugural Faith in Arts Institute, a four-day gathering, explores how the religious beliefs of individual artists impact their creative process and the projects they pursue.
“I believe I’m talented and gifted but because of my messages, a lot of times people will disregard it,” says hip-hop musician Kia Rice. “It’s evident that there aren’t a lot of artists who are faith-based who are given the opportunity or the stage to present their music to the community.”
The Porch, Street Creature Puppets and Asheville Improv Collective are among the area organizations that have been displaced since March.
The Asheville-based artist realizes her long-held dreams of becoming an author with “The Occultists.”
The collaboratively envisioned vinyl-pressing facility, performance space, record store, craft cocktail bar and eatery opens Thursday, Oct. 8.
Although the EP “Are We Not Monsters” is the latest output from the prolific local artist Margaret Killjoy, it’s just one of many creative ventures the musician, writer and activist has been at work on.
Fringe Digital Summer offers a virtual alternative. It returns via the Zoom conferencing platform on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Cogswell’s initial goals for the gallery were that she would pursue whatever she felt like making and that the space would serve as a place for her to engage directly with people through her work.
Solo dance workshops are especially accessible for quarantined dance enthusiasts and, Annie Erbsen points out, “There’s also still a lot of music being streamed.”
For three local makers and educators, keeping art available is important to the local economy and to the Asheville area’s need for creative outlets as part of recovery from COVID-19 and quarantine.
“I’d been looking at how to expand what I do, because I’m always bugged by ideas,” says Davaion Bristol. Launching “Smoke Break” as a video podcast “gave me another outlet to express myself, to connect with people.”
Instead of writing in an academic or erudite style, “for me, the onus is to produce work that will resonate” with those in his community, Robles says.
Godwin’s return to subjects of female friendship, intellectual development and the passing of time are likely to be welcome distractions during this time of social distancing and homebound activities.
Initial NewRootz shows were with The Snozzberries and Dirty Dead. Streamside’s first concerts were by Al Petteway, Shane Parish and Trio Sefardi, with jazz guitarist Sean McGowan slated for Friday, April 10.
Not only are repurposed wearables on offer — an environmentally conscious aesthetic long associated with Asheville’s design community — but the means to repair and upkeep favorite wardrobe pieces further reduces the need for purchasing new apparel.
Each Sunday, 3-4 p.m., the organization will feature works from local artists in the community.
In addition to the online concerts produced by IamAVL, and its “Echo Sessions” series, which is broadcast on UNCTV and at PBS.org, the web-based music platform also provides streaming service from a number of venues around Asheville. In this era of coronavirus-induced social distancing, such digital capabilities are playing new roles.
Asheville Area Arts Council is providing assistance in the form of an online resource.
“This is an experiment for us to try a different concept with what’s called ‘new dance,’” says Susan Collard. “[It] involves a lot of projection, video and film, and almost everyone in this concert is using some type of collaboration with a filmmaker, a video projector or experimental music.”