FTO presents “The Elements of Hip Hop” at The Orange Peel, Nov. 25

Press release from Free the Optimus: On November 25th, the Orange Peel will play host to a raw display of “The Elements of Hip Hop.” Organized by Asheville’s own award winning hip hop group Free The Optimus (FTO), the show will demonstrate the core foundational elements of hip hop—DJing, breakdancing, MCing, and graffiti—while also spotlighting […]

Warren Wilson College President Lynn Morton and professor Lara Nguyen dedicated the new Owen Middle School mural, which adorns the retaining wall behind Owen Pool, on Oct. 25.

Warren Wilson College and Owen Middle dedicated a mural on Oct. 25

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College painting professor Lara Nguyen is accustomed to creating murals. Her art adorns walls across campus and covers the entire outside of a building in downtown Asheville. But her most recent project is unique, even for her. This time, she worked alongside more than 600 people to […]

Pan Harmonia performs “Portraits of Langston,” Nov. 10 and 12

Press release from Pan Harmonia: Portraits of Langston Music by Valerie Coleman • Poetry by Langston Hughes Join us for music that will move, groove and thrill you! Friday, November 10, 7:30 PM • St James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain Sunday, November 12, 3 PM • Biltmore United Methodist Church, Asheville Hwa-Jin Kim, piano • […]

Buncombe County Grassroots Arts Grant awards announced

Press release: The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is excited to announce the Buncombe County North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrant awards to 15 organizations in fiscal year 2017-18. Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita […]

CNBC’s ‘Adventure Capitalists’ features two Asheville-based entrepreneurs

In the Tuesday, Oct. 31, episode of  “Adventure Capitalists,” airing at at 10 p.m. on CNBC, two Asheville-based entrepreneurs showcasing their products for a potential investment. Adam Masters presents the Bellyak, a lay-on-top Kayak. Nathan Masters demonstrates the Hammer, a customizable slingshot. Press release: CNBC has renewed its original series, “Adventure Capitalists,” for a sophomore […]


Rebecca Aronson and David Ebenbach read at Malaprop’s, Nov. 14

Press release: Orison Books is pleased to announce a reading by 2016 Orison Prize-winners Rebecca Aronson & David Ebenbach at Malaprop’s Bookstore on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 pm. David Ebenbach will also give a presentation at the Asheville Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm, based on his book The Artist’s […]

100 Musician Improvisational Music Night, Nov. 9

Press release: Diversity Productions presents the 100 Musician Improvisational Music Night Thursday, November 9th 7:30 PM at Salvage Station, 466 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC. This event is the first in the series of Concerts For Racial Harmony. This event honors improvisational music pioneers Sun Ra and Jerry Garcia and is dedicated the life and works […]

Bluebird Designs offers jewelry-making workshops leading up to the holidays

Press release: From now through December 20, folks who visit Riverview Station in the River Arts District can do much more than browse and buy: Bluebird Designs is offering jewelry workshops every Wednesday for the holiday season. The classes are open to the public, and all attendees get the chance to make a one-of-a-kind enamel […]

City of Asheville launches survey on Lexington Avenue public art project

Press release: The City of Asheville in partnership with the Asheville Downtown Foundation wants feedback on the proposal designs for the Lexington Avenue Public Art Project. The City will gather residents’ ranking of these projects and comments through November 1. The City launched a survey on Open City Hall Asheville to help in the selection […]

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Grand opening of ArtLab NC in Brevard, Oct. 27

Press release: WHAT: ArtLab grand opening activities October 27 (during the Brevard Fourth Friday Art Walk), October 28 (during Halloween Fest) and October 31(Halloween Trick-or-Treat) ArtLab will offer classes, workshops, private instruction, and special events related to a wide variety of creative endeavors. WHERE: 156 South Broad Street, Brevard, N.C. WHEN: Friday, October 27, at […]

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.”

Photo by David Simchock

Steep Canyon Rangers will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame today

Press release: Congratulations to the Steep Canyon Rangers who will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame today, Thursday, October 19th, 2017 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. From the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame website: On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will hold it’s 2017 Induction […]