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Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Asheville Gallery of Art’s July Show: “From Realism to Abstract” Featuring Artists, Joyce Schlapkohl and Sally Lordeon
Jul 5 all-day
Asheville Gallery of Art

The Asheville Gallery of Art presents the extraordinary paintings of Joyce Schlapkohl and Sally Lordeon, during the month of July, in an exhibition titled ’From Realism to Abstract’. The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 1, from 5:00-8:00pm.

All artists, whether realistic or abstract, use the same visual language to put together their paintings. The difference is that realistic artists use that visual language to describe their subjects, whereas abstract artists use the same visual language, in conjunction with subject matter, to express feelings or ideas. ‘From Realism to Abstraction’ focuses on that ‘perfect’ blend of creating both types of beautiful compositions and invites viewers to participate in an epic art journey along the way.

“Painterly realism” best describes Joyce’s oil paintings. Her strong focal point, creative design, and bold clear color, revealing light and shadow, invite you into her paintings but it’s her emotional response to her various subjects that holds the viewer’s attention. Her subjects vary from landscape, flowers, animals, still life and any subject that moves her and encourages a sense of sharing that response with others. Joyce declares; “Western North Carolina is an artist’s dream for a variety of subjects and seasons.”

After receiving a Master’s Degree in Business, at UNC Chapel Hill, Joyce returned to painting, her first love, when she attended Florida Atlantic University to study art. She continues her art education through workshops with nationally known artists. In Joyce’s words; “I’m very fortunate to be a full-time painter and occasional teacher. Putting paint on canvas to create a memorable piece of art is amazing, exciting and rewarding”

Joyce’s studio is in Waynesville, NC. She exhibits at The Asheville Gallery of Art and several other well-known galleries.
Visit Joyce’s website: www.joycepaints.com

Many of Sally’s abstract paintings include a horizontal line, suggesting a landscape tableau. In those artworks, she uses the elements of color, shape, texture and value to help the viewer envision a sense of place and arouse a personal meaning. In Sally’s other abstracts, she uses those elements to express elan, movement, and energy, with the intent of fostering a positive, spirited feeling. Her art has been described as powerful, yet serene. Sally quotes; “Abstract art gives me, as an artist, a unique voice that elicits openness and expression, engaging the viewer in the same way. There is so much to explore in abstract painting and I love that.”

Sally studied fine arts at Chatham University in Pennsylvania. She moved to the majestic mountains of Asheville, NC more than thirty years ago and after a successful career as a technical writer and college textbook author, Sally returned full-time to her first passion—her love of color, form and the ‘divine’ pleasure of painting.

Sally’s work is exhibited locally at Asheville Gallery of Art and other well-known galleries as well as two galleries in Los Angeles. She has been the featured artist at The Asheville Airport Gallery.

Joyce Schlapkohl’s ‘Field of Sunflowers’ was painted at the Biltmore Estate. “I visit every year, in September, to paint the endless field of sunflowers. This year is even more meaningful with the sunflower representing a symbol for peace in the Ukraine.

Joyce Schlapkohl’s ‘Carolina Mountain Glow’ represents one of our beautiful, majestic and everchanging landscapes.

Joyce Schlapkohl’s ‘Boat Roundup’ was inspired by the lighting on each surface and the sun, fun and relaxation of being on the water

Sally Lordeon’s ‘It’s a Wonderful World’, acrylic, showcases the exquisiteness and warmth of our own personal places.

Sally Lordeon’s ‘Wisp’, acrylic and gold leaf, demonstrates energy bursting into time and space.

Sally Lordeon’s ‘ Isthmus I & II’,mixed media, is a powerful, yet serene, abstract tableau on two canvases.

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk + Auction
Jul 5 all-day
Hendersonville nc

ince 2003, the Bearfootin’ Art Walk has helped raise funding for Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to raising funds, the bears offer a window into good work being done by community organizations in Henderson County.

The Bearfootin’ Bears arrive as blank slates before local artists transform each in a spectacular fashion, with creative themes ranging from Mona Lisa to Blue Ridge Mountain scenery. After the “Reveal” event in early May, the bears then take up residence in downtown Hendersonville for the duration of the summer and fall, up until auction. Participants bid during the auction to raise funds for local non-profits and Downtown Hendersonville. Winning bids up to $3,000 are split evenly between the downtown program and the nonprofit chosen by the sponsor, while bid amounts exceeding $3,000 are directed entirely to the non-profit. In 2021, the Bears raised more than $100,000, and in 2022 we hope to continue the tradition of giving.

 

Caldwell Arts Council Seeks Artists for 2023 and 2024 Exhibitions
Jul 5 all-day
online

The Caldwell Arts Council is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for exhibitions in 2023 and 2024. Exhibitions run for six weeks to two months on either floor of the arts council facility.

 

Details for submitting your portfolio are available at www.caldwellarts.com. We have extended the deadline! Digital submissions will now be accepted through July 5, 2022 and may be emailed to [email protected].

 

 

About the Caldwell Arts Council

 

The Caldwell Arts Council is a regional arts center that presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. Our gallery is housed in a historic 120+ year old home. Two floors offer four gallery spaces that have been renovated as professional exhibit spaces. Exhibits range from contemporary to traditional and include 2-D and 3-D exhibitions.

 

The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

 

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GRANT: Betty Taylor Memorial Award for Emerging Artists in Visual Arts and Crafts
Jul 5 all-day
online

Betty Taylor Memorial Award

for Emerging Artists in Visual Arts and Crafts

Betty Taylor took her first art lesson at the tender age of eight, and her love of the Arts stayed with her throughout her life. Betty spent most of her career in Michigan where her work was handled by galleries. It was there that she personally experienced and understood the struggles, persistence, and need for assistance as an emerging artist.

After Betty’s death in 1990, her husband, Ross Taylor, established the Betty Taylor Memorial Fund with Community Foundation of Henderson County to promote and support emerging artists who have financial need and are studying in the field of visual arts and crafts. It is the Foundation’s pleasure to keep the memory and spirit of Betty Taylor alive with the award.

 

Purpose
To promote emerging artists who are in need of financial support and are studying in the field of visual arts and crafts.

The Betty Taylor Memorial Award is funded by Community Foundation of Henderson County, working in tandem with the Arts Council of Henderson County. Applicants for the Arts Council’s Artists Support Grant program will be eligible for consideration to receive the Betty Taylor Memorial Fund award.

Eligibility

  • Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists
  • Applicants may be either emerging artists or established artists and should possess a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of the applicant’s career
  • The applicant must reside or work in Henderson, Polk or Transylvania counties for a minimum of one year prior to April 2022.
  • Applicant may not be a board or staff member of any of the sponsoring entities. In addition, the applicant may not be a spouse, family member, or significant other of a board or staff member of any of the sponsoring entities.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age and not be enrolled in a degree or certificate program
  • Previous Taylor Award recipients are not eligible
  • Each member of a small unincorporated group of collaborating artists must meet the eligibility requirements and shall not circumvent these requirements by applying for what is really a collaborative effort.

Projects
The Betty Taylor Memorial Award is designed to award projects that will advance the applicant’s career as an emerging artist in the field of visual arts and crafts. The relationship of the project to the career advancement of the applicant must be clearly defined in the “Narrative” section of the application. Conducting deeper study is a key element to the Taylor Award, and the applicant will need to elaborate on study method, mentoring, apprenticeships, etc.

International Photo Exhibit
Jul 5 all-day
Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery

The exhibit features thought-provoking photos taken by students, faculty, and staff while traveling abroad.


Accessibility

Find accessibility information for campus buildings at maps.unca.edu. For accessibility questions or to request event accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 828.250.3832.

Visitor Parking

Visitors must have a permit to park on campus — please visit the Transportation website to register.

School’s OUT for Summer Movie Express! 
Jul 5 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Regal Biltmore Grande & RPX

Regal Summer Movie Express

 

Summer Movie Express

The entire family can enjoy $2 tickets at Regal Biltmore Grande. Enjoy these discounted tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday for the first show of the day. Buy tickets today!

 

 

 

Meet the Cast of West Side Story!
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
online

July 1-30, 2022

Meet the Cast of West Side Story

West Side Story

The number one requested musical from our 2019 show survey. You asked for it, you got it! From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the ‘American’ Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of fear, violence, and prejudice remains one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written.

Dark City Poet’s Society
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Black Mountain Library

Great news for poets and poetry lovers: Dark City Poet’s Society is returning to the Black Mountain Library. DCPS is a completely free poetry group that is open to poets of all ages and experience levels. Join us at the Black Mountain Library from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month for our (respectful) critique group. DCPS will meet at BAD Craft from 6-7 p.m. on the third Tuesday for our monthly open mic Poetry Night. Find out more on Instagram @darkcitypoetssociety or contact the Black Mountain Library.

Heart of Brevard Tuesday Night Block Party Series
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
East Main Street

The final block party is held in conjunction with the Brevard Police Department and Transylvania County Sheriff’s Department’s National Night Out Celebration.

Attendees can expect a lineup of live music, delicious local food and children’s activities, creating a fun community gathering for all. The June events feature LEAF Global Arts and the July and August events feature our beloved Old Time Street Dances. Block parties will be held weekly from 6-8pm on East Main Street. Many downtown retail businesses and restaurants will also be open for the block party.

HOB and LEAF Global Arts invites everyone to experience a world without borders! From dance, to drumming to arts & crafts, LEAF’s performing artists will bring a new lineup of cultural art experiences and live music to the June block parties. Each week will feature a different band and the LEAF Easel Rider, a mobile arts & crafts lab.

LEAF performances will feature an eclectic mix of music that is different each week, ranging from blues and rock toNew Orleans style jazz.

LEAF resident artist Melissa McKinney kicks off the series on June 14th. “We are so excited to bring the energy of LEAF Global to downtown Brevard,” shares McKinney, “connecting community is part of our mission and we believe downtown Brevard holds the same values. Music is the best way to bring people together.”

Old Time Street Dances, a long-time community favorite, returns to the Heart of Brevard at our July 5th block party. The dances offer free, family-friendly fun that celebrates our Appalachian heritage and is sure to move your feet.

Old Time Street Dances in downtown Brevard are an 80-year tradition. This summer, Whitewater Bluegrass Co. returns to the stage as the host band to lead the crowds in a collection of square dance and contra-style dancing. Evenings will include classic songs, a chance for clogging and traditional Appalachian-called dance. Old Time Street Dances are geared toward participation at every age and skill level.

The Tuesday Night Block Parties are free and open to the public. For more information about LEAF, Old Time Street Dances and other upcoming events, follow Heart of Brevard on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to their newsletter here.

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Heart of Brevard 501(c)(3) is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  Heart of Brevard is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Physical Comedy: Being Funny In + With Your Body
Jul 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Taught by Tom Chalmers
Ages 18+

Trips, stumbles, falls, takes, doubletakes, slow burns, and more! This course covers the spirit and techniques involved in creating and performing physical comedy, and will teach many of the tools used to build a bold physical comedy bit.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Asheville Gallery of Art’s July Show: “From Realism to Abstract” Featuring Artists, Joyce Schlapkohl and Sally Lordeon
Jul 6 all-day
Asheville Gallery of Art

The Asheville Gallery of Art presents the extraordinary paintings of Joyce Schlapkohl and Sally Lordeon, during the month of July, in an exhibition titled ’From Realism to Abstract’. The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 1, from 5:00-8:00pm.

All artists, whether realistic or abstract, use the same visual language to put together their paintings. The difference is that realistic artists use that visual language to describe their subjects, whereas abstract artists use the same visual language, in conjunction with subject matter, to express feelings or ideas. ‘From Realism to Abstraction’ focuses on that ‘perfect’ blend of creating both types of beautiful compositions and invites viewers to participate in an epic art journey along the way.

“Painterly realism” best describes Joyce’s oil paintings. Her strong focal point, creative design, and bold clear color, revealing light and shadow, invite you into her paintings but it’s her emotional response to her various subjects that holds the viewer’s attention. Her subjects vary from landscape, flowers, animals, still life and any subject that moves her and encourages a sense of sharing that response with others. Joyce declares; “Western North Carolina is an artist’s dream for a variety of subjects and seasons.”

After receiving a Master’s Degree in Business, at UNC Chapel Hill, Joyce returned to painting, her first love, when she attended Florida Atlantic University to study art. She continues her art education through workshops with nationally known artists. In Joyce’s words; “I’m very fortunate to be a full-time painter and occasional teacher. Putting paint on canvas to create a memorable piece of art is amazing, exciting and rewarding”

Joyce’s studio is in Waynesville, NC. She exhibits at The Asheville Gallery of Art and several other well-known galleries.
Visit Joyce’s website: www.joycepaints.com

Many of Sally’s abstract paintings include a horizontal line, suggesting a landscape tableau. In those artworks, she uses the elements of color, shape, texture and value to help the viewer envision a sense of place and arouse a personal meaning. In Sally’s other abstracts, she uses those elements to express elan, movement, and energy, with the intent of fostering a positive, spirited feeling. Her art has been described as powerful, yet serene. Sally quotes; “Abstract art gives me, as an artist, a unique voice that elicits openness and expression, engaging the viewer in the same way. There is so much to explore in abstract painting and I love that.”

Sally studied fine arts at Chatham University in Pennsylvania. She moved to the majestic mountains of Asheville, NC more than thirty years ago and after a successful career as a technical writer and college textbook author, Sally returned full-time to her first passion—her love of color, form and the ‘divine’ pleasure of painting.

Sally’s work is exhibited locally at Asheville Gallery of Art and other well-known galleries as well as two galleries in Los Angeles. She has been the featured artist at The Asheville Airport Gallery.

Joyce Schlapkohl’s ‘Field of Sunflowers’ was painted at the Biltmore Estate. “I visit every year, in September, to paint the endless field of sunflowers. This year is even more meaningful with the sunflower representing a symbol for peace in the Ukraine.

Joyce Schlapkohl’s ‘Carolina Mountain Glow’ represents one of our beautiful, majestic and everchanging landscapes.

Joyce Schlapkohl’s ‘Boat Roundup’ was inspired by the lighting on each surface and the sun, fun and relaxation of being on the water

Sally Lordeon’s ‘It’s a Wonderful World’, acrylic, showcases the exquisiteness and warmth of our own personal places.

Sally Lordeon’s ‘Wisp’, acrylic and gold leaf, demonstrates energy bursting into time and space.

Sally Lordeon’s ‘ Isthmus I & II’,mixed media, is a powerful, yet serene, abstract tableau on two canvases.

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk + Auction
Jul 6 all-day
Hendersonville nc

ince 2003, the Bearfootin’ Art Walk has helped raise funding for Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to raising funds, the bears offer a window into good work being done by community organizations in Henderson County.

The Bearfootin’ Bears arrive as blank slates before local artists transform each in a spectacular fashion, with creative themes ranging from Mona Lisa to Blue Ridge Mountain scenery. After the “Reveal” event in early May, the bears then take up residence in downtown Hendersonville for the duration of the summer and fall, up until auction. Participants bid during the auction to raise funds for local non-profits and Downtown Hendersonville. Winning bids up to $3,000 are split evenly between the downtown program and the nonprofit chosen by the sponsor, while bid amounts exceeding $3,000 are directed entirely to the non-profit. In 2021, the Bears raised more than $100,000, and in 2022 we hope to continue the tradition of giving.

 

GRANT: Betty Taylor Memorial Award for Emerging Artists in Visual Arts and Crafts
Jul 6 all-day
online

Betty Taylor Memorial Award

for Emerging Artists in Visual Arts and Crafts

Betty Taylor took her first art lesson at the tender age of eight, and her love of the Arts stayed with her throughout her life. Betty spent most of her career in Michigan where her work was handled by galleries. It was there that she personally experienced and understood the struggles, persistence, and need for assistance as an emerging artist.

After Betty’s death in 1990, her husband, Ross Taylor, established the Betty Taylor Memorial Fund with Community Foundation of Henderson County to promote and support emerging artists who have financial need and are studying in the field of visual arts and crafts. It is the Foundation’s pleasure to keep the memory and spirit of Betty Taylor alive with the award.

 

Purpose
To promote emerging artists who are in need of financial support and are studying in the field of visual arts and crafts.

The Betty Taylor Memorial Award is funded by Community Foundation of Henderson County, working in tandem with the Arts Council of Henderson County. Applicants for the Arts Council’s Artists Support Grant program will be eligible for consideration to receive the Betty Taylor Memorial Fund award.

Eligibility

  • Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists
  • Applicants may be either emerging artists or established artists and should possess a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of the applicant’s career
  • The applicant must reside or work in Henderson, Polk or Transylvania counties for a minimum of one year prior to April 2022.
  • Applicant may not be a board or staff member of any of the sponsoring entities. In addition, the applicant may not be a spouse, family member, or significant other of a board or staff member of any of the sponsoring entities.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age and not be enrolled in a degree or certificate program
  • Previous Taylor Award recipients are not eligible
  • Each member of a small unincorporated group of collaborating artists must meet the eligibility requirements and shall not circumvent these requirements by applying for what is really a collaborative effort.

Projects
The Betty Taylor Memorial Award is designed to award projects that will advance the applicant’s career as an emerging artist in the field of visual arts and crafts. The relationship of the project to the career advancement of the applicant must be clearly defined in the “Narrative” section of the application. Conducting deeper study is a key element to the Taylor Award, and the applicant will need to elaborate on study method, mentoring, apprenticeships, etc.

International Photo Exhibit
Jul 6 all-day
Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery

The exhibit features thought-provoking photos taken by students, faculty, and staff while traveling abroad.


Accessibility

Find accessibility information for campus buildings at maps.unca.edu. For accessibility questions or to request event accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 828.250.3832.

Visitor Parking

Visitors must have a permit to park on campus — please visit the Transportation website to register.

School’s OUT for Summer Movie Express! 
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Regal Biltmore Grande & RPX

Regal Summer Movie Express

 

Summer Movie Express

The entire family can enjoy $2 tickets at Regal Biltmore Grande. Enjoy these discounted tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday for the first show of the day. Buy tickets today!

 

 

 

THRIVE ! – an invitational exhibition of small works on paper
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
UNCA Owen Hall

Current students, alumni, staff, faculty, and faculty emeriti of the UNC Asheville Department of Art & Art History are participating in THRIVE ! – an invitational exhibition of small works on paper.

“I wanted to express this idea that despite COVID, and despite our department’s relocation during renovation – art thrives here, it is the constant that cannot be disrupted,” says THRIVE ! curator Leisa Rundquist, professor of art history and curator of art collections at UNC Asheville.

The informal arrangement installation will be displayed in the hallway gallery next to the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall through August 1.

Viewing is available during open Owen Hall hours. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (M – F)

 

Community Expectations
As members of this community, we care about everyone. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors have a shared commitment to take the necessary precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 while following all recommended health guidelines. Please see UNC Asheville’s Community Expectations. Be respectful of individual choice to wear or not wear a mask in any situation; wear a mask when and where encouraged, following guidelines and precautions outlined by the CDC.


Accessibility

Find accessibility information for campus buildings at maps.unca.edu. For accessibility questions or to request event accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 828.250.3832.

Visitor Parking

Visitors must have a permit to park on campus — please visit the Transportation website to register.

Art exhibit: Hybrid by Marco Reichert
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bender Gallery
Hybrid
Marco Reichert
Bender Gallery is proud to announce Hybrid, a solo exhibition for Berlin based abstract painter Marco Reichert.
This solo exhibition highlights Reichert’s brand new ground breaking paintings made in conjunction with his own invented “painting machines.”
Mon – Sat 10 – 6 Sun 12 – 5
Earth’s Gifts | Focus Gallery Exhibition
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Folk Art Center

purple patchwork lap quilt

Featured Artists: Jude Stuecker (fiber) Erica Bailey (jewelry) Mary Dashiell (clay) Steve Miller (wood) Rex Redd (clay)

Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program Graduate Exhibition
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Folk Art Center
Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program Graduate Exhibition
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Folk Art Center
Meet the Cast of West Side Story!
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
online

July 1-30, 2022

Meet the Cast of West Side Story

West Side Story

The number one requested musical from our 2019 show survey. You asked for it, you got it! From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the ‘American’ Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of fear, violence, and prejudice remains one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written.

SETH CLARK SOLO EXHIBITION
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Momentum Gallery

Seth Clark, Factory

“My work focuses on deteriorating architecture. These structures, designed to be huge forces of permanence, are continually being challenged, destroyed and forgotten. I see an inherent honesty in the face of my subject. Among all of the clutter—the shards of wood and layers of rubble—there remains a gentle resolve. As I work, I study these structures incessantly. The buildings, often on the brink of ruin, have something very energized and present trying to escape from their fragmented reality.”  –Seth Clark

This first solo show of Seth’s work at Momentum’s new space features large-scale works from his BarnGhost, and Aerial View Series.  The collection also includes some of the artist’s sculptural objects in wood.  Abstract works, which still reference weathered architecture, such as Lath Study and Vinyl Study, round out the exhibition.

Skateboard Re-Purposed Exhibit
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tryon Fine Arts Center

The synergy of vibrant outsider art created locally and shared with Tryon Fine Arts has resulted
in a one-of-a-kind art exhibit opening June 1, 2022. The Skateboard: Re-purposed includes
works from North Carolina, Oregon, California, England and Germany. Seven artists are
featured, including Tryon’s own Jonathan Caple, Nicholas Harding (England), Matt Mercurio,
George Rocha, Michael Mauney, Paris Evans and Folk Dunker (Gemany).
Skateboarding has been popular for over a century and is now experiencing a resurgence in both

the sports arena and the art world—it became an Olympic sport in 2020 and was part of a
successful 2019 Sotheby’s auction, with boards by, among others, Damien Hirst and Marilyn
Minter.
Skateboards re-purposed as art will be on exhibit in TFAC’s Parker Gallery beginning June 1,
2022. The exhibit will feature skateboard art in many sizes and forms including graceful
sculptures, nature art, chairs, wall art, a crocheted piece, photographs, and more. Several of the
exhibit pieces will be for sale, supporting both the artists and TFAC as the exhibit sponsor.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception on June 9 from 5 – 7 PM, where they can
also meet local skateboard artist, Jonathan Caple. The exhibit will be on display through to the
end of July 2022.
To access the gallery, plan to enter through the Pavilion at the rear of Tryon Fine Arts Center.
Free parking is available behind TFAC and on surrounding side streets. For more information,
call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org.

American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
 

Jessie B. Telfair, Freedom Quilt, 1983, cotton with pencil, 74 × 68 inches. Collection American Folk Art Museum, NY, gift of Judith Alexander in loving memory of her sister, Rebecca Alexander, 2004.9.1. © Estate of Jessie. B. Telfair, image Gavin Ashworth.
American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection showcases over 80 stellar works of folk and self-taught art including assemblages, needlework, paintings, pottery, quilts, and sculpture. Organized by the American Folk Art Museum in New York, this exhibition will be on view in the Explore Asheville Exhibition Hall at the Asheville Art Museum from June 18 through September 5, 2022.

Everyone has stories to tell from both the private and mutual experiences encountered throughout their lifetime. American folk and self-taught artists capture these stories in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimonies to chapters in the unfolding story of America from its inception to the present. Beautiful, diverse, and truthful; the art illuminates the thoughts and experiences of individuals with an immediacy that is palpable and unique to these expressions. These artworks held meaning in the makers’ worlds filtered through their own perceptions.

The artworks are organized into four sections—Founders, Travelers, Philosophers, and Seekers—that respond to such themes as nationhood, freedom, community, imagination, opportunity, and legacy. Evocative visual juxtapositions and accessible contextual information further reveal the vital role that folk art plays as a witness to history, carrier of cultural heritage, and a reflection of the world at large through the eyes, heart, and mind of the artist.

“While the Asheville Art Museum exhibits many folk and self-taught artists, most are local to the Southeast,” says Whitney Richardson, associate curator. “American Perspectives adds a national voice to the conversation by adding New England, Midwestern, Southwestern, and West Coast artworks that the Museum could never achieve alone. The amount of creative output from folk and self-taught artists was (and still is) on a national level and this exhibition helps to put that into a clear context. Traveling to Asheville from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York, this exhibition will complement and expand the Museum’s ongoing conversations around American history and storytelling through works of art.”

This exhibition has been organized by the American Folk Art Museum, NY, with support provided by Art Bridges. Originally curated for installation at the American Folk Art Museum February 11, 2020–January 3, 2021 by Stacy C. Hollander, independent curator. Tour coordinated by Emelie Gevalt, Curator of Folk Art and Curatorial Chair for Collections, the American Folk Art Museum.

Draped and Veiled Art Exhibit
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
Draped and Veiled: 20×24 Polaroid Photographs by Joyce Tenneson showcases Joyce Tenneson’s Transformations series, which she began in 1985 and engaged with through 2005. Transformations features partially or fully nude figures poetically presented; Tenneson’s photographs have always been interested in the magic of the human figure, contained within bodies of all ages and emotions in a broad range that are both vulnerable and bold. This exhibition features 12 large Polaroids from the poetic series. Draped and Veiled will be on view May 25–October 10, 2022.
In Living Color: At Home with Paint, Paper, and Thread
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Marquee Asheville D11

Image for In Living Color: At Home with Paint, Paper, and Thread

Brighten your walls with with works from Artsville Collective’s upcoming exhibition, “In Living Color: At Home with Paint, Paper and Thread.”  Allow these abstract pieces, in varying sizes and mediums, to light up your life. Collectively, the artwork’s tonal range is of blended neutrals and ventures into spring and fall palettes. Suit your design pleasures with pure color or wabi-sabi textural designs in a range of perspectives from three uniquely talented artists: Betsy Meyer, fibers; Karen Stastny, painting, and Michelle Wise, mixed media. Also showing: the Retro pop art of Daryl Slaton, which can be activated on your phone to reveal an animated story. For a softer approach, consider the mixed media art of Louise Glickman using paint, textiles, and natural plant materials.

JOIN US ONSTAGE IN “THE TEMPEST”!
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Attic Salt Theatre Arts Space

Shipwrecks! Betrayals! Romance! Mistaken identities and switcheroos! Magic! A tipsy sea monster! This Shakespearean comedy has everything!

 

Rehearsals for “The Tempest” will be from 11am-4pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting June 13, and performances will be July 1-3 and July 8 & 9.

Asheville Area Arts Council funding helps support Moppets after-school program

We are delighted to announce that Moppets has been awarded a $1,500 Arts Build Community Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council in support of our new after-school programming at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center!

Taught by Artistic Director Ashleigh Goff and veteran Moppet Eli Hamilton, the class is our first-ever partnership with the City of Asheville. Students in the after-school program are learning basic theater skills and building their self-confidence in a fun and welcoming environment. The program will culminate in a showcase performance for the students’ peers and families.

“One of our overarching goals is to introduce more kids to classical theater, wherever they are,” Moppets Executive Director Rachel Cort said. “This funding helps us to take a big step toward that goal. We are incredibly grateful to the Asheville Area Arts Council for supporting the Moppets and aspiring young actors in our community.”

Stained with Glass: Vitreograph Prints from the Studio of Harvey K. Littleton Exhibition
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
 
Left: Thermon Statom, Frankincense, 1999, siligraphy from glass plate with digital transfer on BFK Rives paper, edition 50/50, 36 1/4 × 29 3/8 inches. Asheville Art Museum. © Thermon Statom. | Right: Dale Chihuly, Suite of Ten Prints: Chandelier, 1994, 4-color intaglio from glass plate on BRK Rives paper, edition 34/50, image: 29 ½ × 23 ½ inches, sheet: 36 × 29 ½ inches. Asheville Art Museum. © Dale Chihuly / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Asheville, N.C.—The selection of works from the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection presented in Stained with Glass: Vitreograph Prints from the Studio of Harvey K. Littleton features imagery that recreates the sensation and colors of stained glass. The exhibition showcases Littleton and the range of makers who worked with him, including Dale Chihuly, Cynthia Bringle, Thermon Statom, and more. This exhibition—organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Hilary Schroeder, assistant curator—will be on view in The Van Winkle Law Firm Gallery at the Museum from January 12 through May 23, 2022.

In 1974 Harvey K. Littleton (Corning, NY 1922–2013 Spruce Pine, NC) developed a process for using glass to create prints on paper. Littleton, who began as a ceramicist and became a leading figure in the American Studio Glass Movement, expanded his curiosity around the experimental potential of glass into innovations in the world of printmaking. A wide circle of artists in a variety of media—including glass, ceramics, and painting—were invited to Littleton’s studio in Spruce Pine, NC, to create prints using the vitreograph process developed by Littleton. Upending notions of both traditional glassmaking and printmaking, vitreographs innovatively combine the two into something new. The resulting prints created through a process of etched glass, ink, and paper create rich, colorful scenes reminiscent of luminous stained glass.

“Printmaking is a medium that many artists explore at some point in their career,” says Hilary Schroeder, assistant curator. “The process is often collaborative, as they may find themselves working with a print studio and highly skilled printmaker. The medium can also be quite experimental. Harvey Littleton’s contribution to the field is very much so in this spirit, as seen in his incorporation of glass and his invitation to artists who might otherwise not have explored works on paper. Through this exhibition, we are able to appreciate how the artists bring their work in clay, glass, or paint to ink and paper.” 

Useful and Beautiful: Silvercraft by William Waldo Dodge
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
Left to right: William Waldo Dodge Jr., Teapot, 1928, hammered silver and ebony, 8 × 5 3/4 × 9 1/2 inches. Asheville Art Museum. © Estate of William Waldo Dodge Jr. | William Waldo Dodge Jr., Lidded vegetable bowl, 1932, hammered silver, 6 × 6 5/8 × 6 5/8 inches. Asheville Art Museum. © Estate of William Waldo Dodge Jr.

Useful and Beautiful: Silvercraft by William Waldo Dodge features a selection of functional silver works by Dodge drawn from the Museum’s Collection. Organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Whitney Richardson, associate curator, this exhibition will be on view in the Debra McClinton Gallery at the Museum from February 23 through October 17, 2022.

William Waldo Dodge Jr. (Washington, DC 1895–1971 Asheville, NC) moved to Asheville in 1924 as a trained architect and a newly skilled silversmith. When he opened for business promoting his handwrought silver tableware, including plates, candlesticks, flatware (spoons, forks, and knives), and serving dishes, he did so in a true Arts and Crafts tradition. The aesthetics of the style were dictated by its philosophy: an artist’s handmade creation should reflect their hard work and skill, and the resulting artwork should highlight the material from which it was made. Dodge’s silver often displayed his hammer marks and inventive techniques, revealing the beauty of these useful household goods.

The Arts and Crafts style of England became popular in the United States in the early 1900s. Asheville was an early adopter of the movement because of the popularity and abundance of Arts and Crafts architecture in neighborhoods like Biltmore Forest, Biltmore Village, and the area around The Grove Park Inn. The title of this exhibition was taken from the famous quotation by one of the founding members of the English Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris, who said, “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Not only did Dodge follow this suggestion; he contributed to American Arts and Crafts silver’s relevancy persisting almost halfway into the 20th century.

“It has been over 15 years since the Museum exhibited its collection of William Waldo Dodge silver and I am looking forward to displaying it in the new space with some new acquisitions added,” said Whitney Richardson, associate curator. Learn more at ashevilleart.org.

West Side Story
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse
West Side Story. July 1 - 30.

The number one requested musical from our 2019 show survey: you asked for it, you got it! From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the ‘American’ Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of fear, violence, and prejudice remains one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. With a score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story is widely regarded as among the best musicals ever written.