Asheville photographer Jen Bowen, the artist behind the camera of the “Faces of Asheville” documentary project, hopes to raise $10,000 with an upcoming series of fundraising events.
The first one is a silent auction of 60 portraits now on display at Rosetta’s Kitchen in downtown Asheville. The show ends Sunday, July 6, with the auction event. The later events will include community forums/public potlucks, with dinner conversation focused on issues ranging from resources for artists to the development of the region.
Bowen’s budget will cover the costs of publicity, photo printing and the professional framing and mounting of her exhibit, which is scheduled for unveiling in June 2009. She also plans to create a book of her photos.
Last year, the community responded with money and other resources after thieves stole the camera and computer she’d been using for her project. She got back on track, and Bowen now has photos of 300 Asheville residents.
For more about the project, go to www.facesofasheville.com.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor