Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
2020 Minor League Baseball Season Cancelled Over Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns
Jul 15 all-day

2020 Minor League Baseball Season Cancelled Over Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns

Drive’s 15th Anniversary Season in Downtown Greenville delayed until 2021

The Greenville Drive, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and the South Atlantic League today announced that the 2020 season has been cancelled due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the world.

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The ongoing concern regarding the safety of our community, and Minor League Baseball communities across America – including fans, front office staff, gameday staff, players and coaches – led to this decision.

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) issued the following statement today:
“In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.”
5 Summer Activities for the Organic Garden
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Summer is in full bloom, vegetable gardens are thriving, and now we can sit back and enjoy. Yes, we can. Up to a point. Garden chores will always be there, but taking things a bit easy will go a long way to keeping you happy. There’s no need to be in a mad scramble all the time.

In order to keep a handle on the garden and prevent becoming overwhelmed, here are a few things you can do through the summer to keep your garden doing well. And, if something isn’t working, change it. That’s the fun of gardening.

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Anything That Floats 2020-French Broad in Wonderland
Jul 15 – Jul 31 all-day
French Broad River Watershed

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Join RiverLink on the River July 10-31 for Anything That Floats 2020- French Broad in Wonderland!

We continue to take measures to ensure social distancing and are excited to offer an adapted version of the Anything That Floats Parade. This year we are hosting a semi-virtual river float with a flexible time frame that ensures you can safely experience the river while uniting for a common cause- clean water and the protection of our watershed!

Registration includes participation in the event, a free swag bag full of awesome goodies, a free raffle ticket for a chance to win some amazing prizes, and more! We look forward to seeing you on the river!

Biltmore Gardens Railway
Jul 15 – Sep 7 all-day
Biltmore

July 1 – September 7, 2020

Included with Biltmore Admission

Our fun-for-all-ages botanical model train displays invite you to experience our grounds in an engaging new way. Located in Antler Hill Village, the displays feature replicas of train depots from around the country. Each beautifully executed piece was handcrafted from such natural elements as leaves, bark, and twigs.

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Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month
Jul 15 – Jul 31 all-day
Throughout Henderson County

July is the Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month in Henderson County, hosted by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Explore three distinct trails guide visitors through the towns of Hendersonville and Flat Rock, and into the Blue Ridge Mountain countryside, showcasing 18 nationally-renowned artists in their studios and galleries on this self-guided tour.

Cat Adoption Fees Reduced at Blue Ridge Humane
Jul 15 all-day
Online

 If you’ve ever considered adding a feline companion into your family, now is the perfect time to adopt. Blue Ridge Humane Society has discounted the regular cat adoption fee to $25, down from the regular $75 for the immediate future due to a high number of cats and kittens waiting for adoption from the organization. Studies have shown that owning a pet significantly cuts down on an owner’s stress and anxiety. Having a pet in your life drastically improves your overall mental and physical health.

“This time of year, animal shelters, including Blue Ridge Humane, are flooded with cats,” says Angela Prodrick, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Humane. “Choosing to adopt a cat now not only rescues that cat’s life, but also opens space for us to take in more kittens that are so desperately in need of homes.” Karla Pan, Adoption Center Director adds “Cats are always their authentic selves, offer sincere company, and love without limits. We can all use more of this right about now, so Blue Ridge Humane Society has reduced our adoption fees to make it easier to welcome a new cat into your home.”

To view animals currently waiting for adoption, visit https://www.blueridgehumane.org/adopt/. Blue Ridge Humane also provides an animal request form in the case that there isn’t a match currently available.

All adoptions are currently following the contact-free and digital adoption procedure implemented by Blue Ridge Humane in May. The new procedure includes adoption counseling from Blue Ridge Humane staff, a contact-free or virtual meet and greet between a potential adopter and the animal they are interested in, as well as a contact-free animal pick-up after completing the required paperwork and payment digitally. After finding an animal they are interested in, the adopter can fill out the application form on the Blue Ridge Humane website under Adopt, and staff will be in touch with more information about the animal and the next steps.

The Blue Ridge Humane Society, Inc., is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization started in 1950 dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of life for animals in Henderson County and our neighboring communities. BRHS cares for pets awaiting adoption at the Adoption Center; offers low-cost vaccine clinics, animal education programs, pet training classes, and youth education and projects; coordinates community pet food assistance, emergency vet assistance, and the Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP), which is a collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and the Henderson County Animal Services Center.

If you believe in our cause, consider making a donation or learning how to volunteer by visiting the Blue Ridge Humane Society’s website at www.blueridgehumane.org or call (828) 692-2639.

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City of Asheville: Online Survey Hotel Development Regulations
Jul 15 all-day
Online
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The City of Asheville Department of Planning & Urban Design is in the process of drafting a new ordinance to regulate hotel development, based on recommendations from the Urban Land Institute through a technical assistance panel public process and ongoing analysis.

 

As part of the public process, the City is conducting an online survey to engage the community to gather input that will guide the drafting of the new ordinance. The proposed ordinance will also take into account the Urban Land Institute’s recommendations on best land-use practices and other tools and strategies the City should consider to better plan for and regulate hotel development.

 

The proposed ordinance is designed to meet the following goals:

Limit hotels to some select areas of the city based on compatibility, availability of infrastructure and other criteria;

  • Improve design, development and operational standards of hotels;
  • Require hotel developers to incorporate public benefits into their projects to meet Asheville City Council goals and address community concerns; and
  • Create greater predictability in the development review process and better outcomes for the community

 

The online survey will be open for the community to provide comments from July 7 until Aug. 2. Please review the video embedded in this survey and answer the questions that follow. Your input will inform the final proposal for City Council’s consideration.

Background

In September 2019, Asheville City Council passed a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which means that no hotel development applications will be approved for a year. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow City staff time to further study the issues surrounding hotel development and assess the impacts, both real and perceived. Before the moratorium expires, the Asheville City Council intends to adopt new rules for hotels that will guide any further hotel development in the city.

Community Tool School Online Summer Camp: Dyeing For A Picnic
Jul 15 – Jul 17 all-day
Online

Flyers for online summer camps. Rockin' Paper Scissors, Hammer Time and Dyeing for a Picnic

Dyeing For A Picnic is 5 days of textile crafts. Participants will dye fabric, hand sew, create a hand bound journal, make reusable beeswax food wraps and learn cord knotting techniques. Recommended age 11+, with adult supervision – participants will be using chemical dye and will need access to the stove to melt beeswax. All materials are included in the kit and there will be a daily check in and video tutorials. Course runs July 13 – 17. $70 pp.

Digital BMC: past performances by BMC orchestras, faculty, and guest artists
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Opening Night 2016: An American in Paris

Posted July 2, 2020; originally aired in the 2016 season

https://www.brevardmusic.org/online/digital-bmc/?utm_source=Brevard+Music+Center&utm_campaign=a4740e663a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_1_31_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b154873bc5-a4740e663a-131688489

Selected past performances by BMC orchestras, faculty, and guest artists on YouTube, SoundCloud, and Open Air Brevard.

Folk Music of North Carolina
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Explore a series of posts to learn how the roots of American music run deep in North Carolina.

Fortnite: eSports Summer League: Register by July 18th
Jul 15 all-day
Online


Think you have what it takes to be AVL Parks’ first Fortnite champion?

Start practicing because on Fridays starting July 24th you’ll be able to compete head-to-head in with other gamers in Fortnite. Whether you’re a noob or a pro, you’ll be able to put your skills to the test against other Asheville gamers.

Fortnite: Friday 8pm eSports League
07/24/2020 –08/28/2020
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration Now Open

Register by Friday, July 18th 5pm to secure your spot in AVL’s newest eSports league.
Recommended Age: 12+
Available on XboxOne, PS4, Computer, and Switch.
For more information email [email protected]

Free WIFI Hotspots Available Outside Buncombe Libraries
Jul 15 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County Public Libraries have free wifi hotspots available outside any library building. To use the wifi, look for the LibraryGuest network and use the password readmore. The wifi is available all day every day, whether the library is open or not. Please observe all Buncombe County social distancing and gathering requirements while using the wifi. Questions? Call (828) 250-4700 or email [email protected].

Girl Power: Virtual Dance Camp for Girls
Jul 15 all-day
Online

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Welcome to Zahiya Online’s LIVE dance classes! We are so excited to have you and big hugs and high fives for taking time for you and your wellbeing.
Our classes are for everyone and every body. All are welcome and all are celebrated, you belong in class.
Once you register for class, we will email you the Zoom link, get yourself set up and meet us online!
Here ‘s a little bit more about how it works:
Help Buncombe Expand Broadband Internet Access
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Are you interested in helping Buncombe County expand reliable, high-speed internet? If so, we need your help. Please consider joining the Buncombe Broadband Working Group. Applications are due by Friday, July 17.

Objective:

This posting is for 3-5 community members to the Buncombe Broadband Working Group which will support the evaluation of proposals submitted to Buncombe County for high-speed internet solutions.

Term:

Members shall serve for approximately 6 months, but the term may be extended or reduced based on responses from high-speed internet providers. Members may be replaced at any time at the sole discretion of the respective institution or organization. Time commitment is an estimated 4-5 hours each month.

Responsibilities:

The workgroup will:

  • Develop a Request for Proposal document for high-speed internet services in Buncombe County,
  • Objectively evaluate the proposals received,
  • Weigh proposals based on cost, and ability to deliver excellent, sustainable service using the scoring matrix provided to bidders through the RFP, and
  • Provide a recommendation to County leadership.

Qualifications:

Applicants must be Buncombe County residents. Ideal candidates have an understanding of the technical requirements of high-speed internet operations, experience leading or supporting community high-speed internet initiatives, or experience/relationships working with high-speed internet providers. Candidates must report any potential conflicts of interest.

To Apply:

Please complete the Boards and Commissions application found here and return to Lamar Joyner at [email protected] by Friday, July 17.

Introducing Bookfix: Custom Reading Recommendations
Jul 15 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries curbside pickup

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Miss browsing the library’s shelves? Let us help with Bookfix. Call or email your local library to have a librarian put together a bundle of books tailored to your specific interests. You can pick up your personal Bookfix bundle at our curbside hold pickup service. Our Ask a Librarian line is available Monday-Saturday at (828) 250-4700 or you can email [email protected].

Keith’s Corner: Keith discusses Strauss’s tone poem Don Quixote
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Keith discusses Strauss’s tone poem Don Quixote and the experience of preparing and performing it with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and internationally renowned cellist Johannes Moser. The featured recording is from that performance in 2015.

 

https://www.brevardmusic.org/online/keiths-corner/?utm_source=Brevard+Music+Center&utm_campaign=a4740e663a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_1_31_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b154873bc5-a4740e663a-131688489

Register July 18th 5pm: AVL’s newest eSports league Madden 20–Thursdays
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Think you have what it takes to be AVL Parks’ Madden 20 champion?

Madden 20: Thursday 7pm eSports League
07/23/2020 –08/27/2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Start practicing because on July 21st you’ll be able to compete head-to-head in with other gamers in Madden 20. Whether you’re a noob or a pro, you’ll be able to put your skills to the test against other Asheville gamers.

Registration Now Open

Register by Friday, July 18th 5pm to secure your spot in AVL’s newest eSports league.
Available on XboxOne and PS4.
For more information email [email protected]

Register by July 18th 5pm: AVL’s newest eSports league Madden 20–Tuesdays
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Think you have what it takes to be AVL Parks’ Madden 20 champion?

Madden 20: Tuesday 7pm eSports League
07/21/2020 –08/25/2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Start practicing because on July 21st you’ll be able to compete head-to-head in with other gamers in Madden 20. Whether you’re a noob or a pro, you’ll be able to put your skills to the test against other Asheville gamers.

Registration Now Open

Register by Friday, July 18th 5pm to secure your spot in AVL’s newest eSports league.
Available on XboxOne and PS4.
For more information email [email protected]

Research Your Family History Free
Jul 15 all-day
Online

 

For the month of July, genealogists and historians can access the popular Ancestry.com database from home for free. All you need is a library card.

Among the billions of records available, Ancestry.com includes census records and indexes, vital, church, military, public member trees; birth, marriage and death records; tax, criminal, land and wills stories, memories and histories, pictures, city directories, immigration and travel schools, maps and more. There are records from the United States as well as international records, so no matter where your family might be from, you will probably be able locate them in the Ancestry database.

Find a new branch of your family tree with Ancestry. Visit the library website at buncombecounty.org/library and use the Virtual Library tab to access Ancestry. If you don’t have a library card, email us at [email protected] and we can give you a card by email. Call 828-250-4700 with any questions.

Rocket League: eSports Summer League: Register by July 18th
Jul 15 all-day
Online

 

Think you have what it takes to be AVL Parks’ first Rocket League champion?

Friday 8pm eSports League
07/24/2020 –08/28/2020
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Start practicing because on Fridays starting July 24th you’ll be able to compete head-to-head in with other gamers in Rocket League. Whether you’re a noob or a pro, you’ll be able to put your skills to the test against other Asheville gamers.

Registration Now Open

Register by Friday, July 18th 5pm to secure your spot in AVL’s newest eSports league.
Available on XboxOne, PS4, Computer, and Switch.
For more information email [email protected]

The Asheville Vibes Gift Card Giveaway
Jul 15 all-day
Online

Read on to see how YOU could win this Gift Card bundle to these 3 iconic Asheville places!

Here’s the lowdown for all of you
Ambassadors of Asheville:
If you wrote a love letter to your favorite Asheville restaurants, breweries, shops, artists, etc., who would you include and what would you say you liked about them? Our local AVL businesses need some love right about now. The new Dig Local 3.0 app’s “List Feature” is the perfect place to tell what you dig about our town, and to share it with friends and family. This new technology is currently available only on the Dig Local app.
*While anyone can create lists, you must be 21 or older to enter this contest. Winner will be randomly selected from the lists created on the app. Gift cards cannot be redeemed for cash, only product.
This Week’s BMC at Home
Jul 15 all-day
Online

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From our home to yours: students and faculty share new concerts, living room recitals, and masterclasses.

Enjoy our inaugural Virtual Living Room Concert. BMC violin faculty member Benjamin Sung discusses and performs Eugène Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 2, I. Obsession, Prelude. This movement includes quotes from Bach’s E Major Partita infused with the recognizable melody of the “Dies Irae”.

BMC trombone faculty member David Jackson joins Michael Dease, the Director of the Jazz Institute @ Brevard, who wrote this special arrangement of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Originally for a vocal chorus, this arrangement features eight trombone parts supported by string bass, organ, and drums.

BMC alums and 2020 students RJ McDowell and Wesley Hamilton share this special at-home performance. Written by Italian composer Alessandro Rolla, this viola duet lets both parts shine. This is the first movement, Allegro Maestoso, from the Duo in G Major. RJ holds degrees from Furman University and Belmont University, and Wesley recently graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia.

Smokin’ Hot Summer Online Vendor Event
Jul 15 @ 6:00 am – Jul 19 @ 11:45 pm
Online

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Come and hang out with us as a bunch of small businesses show you their products, play games, and participate in giveaways! It will be so fun!

Please fill out the registration form in the ticket link to join as a vendor and pay your fee.

“The Many Faces of Chimney Rock” Photo Contest
Jul 15 @ 8:30 am – Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock Park

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 – FRIDAY, JULY 31

Summer “The Many Faces of Chimney Rock” Photo Contest

Time: Park hours
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

Summer is all about outdoor fun, spending quality time together as a family and taking in the wonderful sights of nature. During this time of year, it’s easy to find many human faces in the Park, but you can also see other faces as well. Whether it’s faces of animals, faces in the rock formations, or even outlines of faces in the ground. Be sure to submit your best photo interpretation into our summer-themed “The Many Faces of Chimney Rock” Photo Contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you can win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between January 1, 2020 – February 29, 2020.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
    1. Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    2. Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words).
    3. Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
    4. E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to [email protected].
    5. Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  4. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  5. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  6. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of love at Chimney Rock. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  7. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  8. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at [email protected].

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS 2020–Kids Clay Camp — Lovely Luminaries — Ages 6 – 10
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm
ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS

Instructor: Amy Briggs

Light up your life this week while learning how light and clay work together. During this camp, we will create votives, candleholders, luminaries and lamps you can use at home. Plus, you’ll get a chance to try the potter’s wheel! Shine your brightest light!

Tuition: $225
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class
Use promo code “claycamp25”

Beginner Wheel: Yes We Wheel! with Instructors: Shinara Taylor and Julia Claire Weber
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – Aug 15 @ 12:30 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks

Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm
June 27th – August 15th

Do you enjoy being creative? Are you curious about the intricacies of handmade pottery? Do you aspire to make a personalized mug or bowl? Don’t be nervous, every proficient potter was a beginner once—just like you. This beginner wheel class will build your clay confidence through hands-on experience, live demos, and thought-provoking discussion. Students will be introduced to various techniques and tools for creating colorful and useful pots. Each student with be encouraged to establish a strong skill base while also pursuing their individual interests and goals. Get ready to have a wheely good time in the studio and make something you’re proud of!

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $245 + $45 Lab Fee

ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS 2020–Kids Clay Camp — Find Your Spirit Animal — Ages 8 – 12
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm
ODYSSEY CLAYWORKS

Instructor: Paige Janeri

We can learn a lot from nature when we observe animals in the wild. We can observe their natural characteristics and habits. In this week of camp, we will dig into some clay and explore our spirit animals. No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy creating hand-built sculptures and wheel thrown vessels that resemble our favorite animals.

Tuition: $225
$25 discount for siblings enrolled in the same class
Use promo code “claycamp25”

Better Pots, Higher Fire with Instructor: Gillan Doty
Jul 15 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 11 @ 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks

Tuesdays 6:30 – 9pm
June 23rd – August 11th

Sign up now for a chance to fire your work in our brand-new salt kiln! This class will be dedicated to exploring dynamic surfaces at Cone 10. We will achieve intriguing surfaces by using reduction firing techniques and by utilizing a variety of slips and glazes. During class, we will focus on making more complex forms on the potter’s wheel by stacking pieces together to create taller, more intriguing pots.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $65 lab fee

Matt’s Class with Instructor: Matt Wegleitner
Jul 15 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks

Thursdays 6:30 – 9pm
July 9th – August 13th

Come experience the love of clay! Join instructor Matt Wegleitner and learn the skills needed to create decorative, hand-built, and functional pottery. Demonstrations will include pinch, coil, and slab techniques with a focus on creating interesting surfaces and unique forms. We’ll also cover the basics of glazing and firing your work. All skill levels welcome.

Level: All levels
Tuition: $245 + $45 Lab Fee

The Realm of Red Clay with Instructor: Sara Ballek
Jul 15 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 12 @ 9:00 pm
Odyssey ClayWorks

Wednesdays 6:30 – 9pm
June 24th – August 12th

Join Sara Ballek this session as she dives into the magical realm of red clay. We will be working with a red clay body fired at midrange temperatures to create rich, distinctive works of art. Sara will introduce surface design processes and finishing methods to refine each piece. Students interested in this course should have some knowledge on working with clay and understanding of a few basic construction techniques.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee