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.”

ILLUSTRATING INSURRECTION: Artist Phil Blank will shwcase several illustrations from the book Dixie Be Damned at an exhibit at Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Image courtesy of Phil Blank.

Of the people, for the people: artist Phil Blank exhibits illustrati­ons from Dixie Be Damned

Inspired by Authors/activists Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford’s book Dixie Be Damned, artist Phil Blank has created stunning visual representations of the hard-fought, often violent struggles of the disenfranchised throughout Southern history, from the coalfields of Tennessee to the anti-KKK partisan groups that roamed Robeson County, N.C., during Reconstruction.