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.”
These days, Bellenoit can be found live painting on Tuesday nights at One World West.
Zenith is an examination of life’s intimate moments and intricate workings: a peeling back of the layers, a gaze into the microcosm.
There isn’t a title track, but the poetry of the album’s moniker warrants reflection. The names of the album’s eight tracks almost make up a story — that kind of surreal, late-night whisper session between good friends as sleep closes in. “Underneath,” “Coyote,” “November” … is this part of the list from the narrator who was trying to describe one person to another?
The local group will play an album release show at The Mothlight on Saturday, March 14.
Poets are asked to submit work around the theme of a famous or noteworthy person/personality in Western North Carolina.
Artistic modalities aren’t gendered any more than, say, cuisines, dance styles or literary genres. Yet, historically, certain forms of making have been more associated with female-bodied people (fiber arts and jewelry design among them) while other skill sets, such as electronics, blacksmithing and welding, have been associated with male artists. “I really like being able […]
Desmelik has parlayed his years as a songwriter into sussing language from the non-verbal compositions.
“One of the reasons I felt comfortable living [in Asheville was because] there are some amazing musicians here who I’ve become friends with,” says Mike Savino. “I’ve felt very welcomed in this community [and] I’ve been very inspired by a lot of musicians here.”
“I’ve always felt like it’s important to use this platform for good,” says producer Madame Onça. “This is social justice wrapped up as a party.”
The author will present her book and give a lecture at Asheville Raven & Crone on Friday, Feb. 7.
More than 150 local artists contributed 659 works of art to the hospital’s North Tower.