Street Creature is a collective of giant puppet artists and performers that brings over-sized visual delights to parades, protests and other local events. Thanks to the Asheville Parks & Rec Department they have a big new work space in the old North Asheville Library. With sunny windows, a stage, and lots of room for projects, it is a dream come true for this creative group. The public is invited to their grand opening party this Saturday 11/7, from 5 to 7 pm.
The group first came together to host a giant puppet workshop in 2011 and have been slinging paper mache and parading around the city ever since. After seeing their 50 foot dragon made primarily of Ingles bags in the 2013 Holiday parade, Parks & Rec offered them a small space at the North Asheville Community Center. This was a big step up from working on damp porches and living room floors and enabled them to get more organized. This summer they upgraded to the wonderful old library space and are excited to have room to grow even bigger and better.
The group makes puppets for local parades and events like LEAF, LAAFF, Mardi Gras, Riverfest and Organic Fest. In 2015 two artists in the group were awarded an Art in the Park grant (administered by Asheville Area Arts Council) to make four new animal puppets representing community values. The turtle represents nurturing, the spider – creativity, the bear – strength, and the owl – wisdom. These puppets will be on display at the clubhouse as well the Ingles dragon, a manta ray, jelly fish, a flock of crows and more.
Street Creature also teaches individuals and groups to make their own giant puppets. They have worked with Move to Amend, Bee CIty USA, the Green Grannies and others to create visually appealing street art to draw attention to important groups and ideas. With the new space they now have room for more workshops and will be hosting their first school field trip later this month.
They invite neighbors, friends, artists, performers, kids and parents, to come see the new puppet clubhouse. Hands on activities, performances and snacks will be provided.
When: Saturday, November 7th, 5 to 7 pm
Where: 37 East Larchmont Road, Asheville NC 28804