Show and Tell exhibit opening

Press release

TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) opens “Show and Tell,” works of local teaching artists
The reception takes place at 5 Walnut Wine Bar on Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. A percentage of sales will benefit artist residencies.

TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) is a creative community program that embodies the artistic culture of Asheville by training and placing local artists in Asheville City Schools for residencies spanning 1-12 days. Despite the richness of our community, few of the students living in poverty have access to the arts that are the hallmark of Asheville. Currently 48% of the more than 4,000 children in Asheville City Schools live in poverty. In three years, the TAPAS program has provided more than 300 days of artists in residence in our schools, trained more than 42 highly-qualified artists, and impacted directly more than 3000 students.

Manager Kristie Quinn of the 5 Walnut Wine Bar said, “We were just so inspired to hear what our local artists were doing for the kids in Asheville City Schools-we felt called to do something.” During the month of December, TAPAS artists will have the opportunity to showcase their own works with the gallery percentage benefiting the artist residency program. In homage to their work as teachers in local public schools, they will be showing off some of their personal favorite pieces as local artists during the aptly named show- “Show and Tell”. Artists presenting works include, Holly De Saillan, Audra Holden, Heather Allen Hietala, Scott David Smith, Carla Filippelli, Ginger Huebner, Joe Dinwiddie, Melissa Weiss, Chris Holt, and Brent Skidmore.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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