AAAC Community Arts News - January 5, 2018

Arts and Entertainment

January 10, 2018

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

Apply for the AAAC Juried Members Exhibition

We are excited to announce that we are accepting entries now through January 12, 2018 for our 2018 Juried Members Exhibit taking place February 23, 2018 - March 30, 2018. Cash prizes for best in show and two honorable mentions will be selected by juror Candace Reilly. The winners will be announced at the opening reception at The Refinery Creator Space on Friday, March 2, 2018. For more information, visit our website.
About the juror:
Candace Reilly is the assistant director and curator at Blue Spiral 1 gallery in Asheville, NC. She has a BFA in art history from St Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. In the past, she has worked in museums, curated in galleries, taught art history, and volunteered for numerous non-profits. A career advocate for the arts, Candace believes that successful communities, like Asheville, are those which are enriched by passionate and active artists.
Please note:
All artists participating in the Juried Member’s Exhibit must have a current membership. Individual memberships are only $35 per year and must be purchased before the submission. You can purchase a membership online, over the phone at 828.258.0710, or in our office M-F, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Arts Build Community Grant Info Session:
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
4:00 - 5:00 pm
@ The Refinery
The Arts Build Community grant program funds innovative, arts-based ideas that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together. This information session will give anyone interested in the Arts Build Community Grant an opportunity to hear more about the application process and time to ask questions to the AAAC grants manager.
- Guideline PDF
- Application PDF
- Application word doc

Application deadline: February 16, 2018

Call for Exhibit Proposals due January 26!

The AAAC Point of View Curator program offers Buncombe County artists the opportunity to curate exhibits within the Thom Robinson & Ray Griffin Exhibition Space. We invite artists to submit proposals for exhibitions that incorporate collaborations with other local artists.

- There is a $15 application fee
- Submission review completed by February 9, 2018
- Point of View Curators are announced by February 16, 2018
- Chosen Curators will receive a $300 honorarium
- The exhibitions calendar runs on a fiscal year cycle starting July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

Arts & Wellness Programs for Veterans:
Mondays, January 29 – March 26
2:00 – 5:00 pm
@ Local Cloth Studio in the AAAC’s The Refinery
FREE, but pre-registration is required.
Register at or call 828.258.0710
Interested in finding unique ways to relax? Want to try your hand at something new this winter? Then join Local Cloth and the Asheville Area Arts Council in a new textiles class designed specifically for veterans! Weaving is not only creative but also meditative. This class will take you through the basics of weaving, starting off with frame looms and then onto table looms. You will learn different weave structures which will leave you with the tools for endless weaving possibilities as well as your own personal set of napkins or handkerchiefs.

Friday, February 2 OR
Friday, February 9 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
@ Linwood Crump Shiloh Center - 121 Shiloh Road, Asheville
FREE, but pre-registration is required
Register at or call 828.258.0710
Want to try your hand at something new this winter? Odyssey ClayWorks and the Asheville Area Arts Council will be offering two pottery classes for Veterans in February at the Shiloh Community Center. Our instructors will guide you through the basics, and help you make your ideas come to life. Sponsored by the Arts Council, and with the generous support of the Ramble Charitable Foundation, these classes are being offered free of charge to Veterans.

Exhibition by Claxton Elementary 4th Graders:

My North Carolina a hall exhibit featuring the works of 4th Graders from Claxton Elementary
January 5 - March 2, 2018
The fourth grade students at Claxton Elementary explored ways in which artists’ share their personal view and identity through the medium of collage. Fourth grade visual art classes included various artists from North Carolina in their focus. Specifically, students were inspired by the work of collage artist Romare Bearden. For further connection to our state, student collages were created on wooden North Carolina shaped plaques.

Eat Your Art Out Charity Dinner:
Charity Dinner
Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm

"Eat Your Art Out!" is Blue Spiral 1's first art pairing charity dinner. Chef Jacob Whitman of Native Kitchen & Social Pub will be creating a 5 course dinner with each dish paired with a work of art from their exhibition, "Into the Blue." A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the AAAC!

Limited seating available so purchase your tickets now. Join us for delicious dishes, inspiring artwork, and giving back to the local arts community!

Asheville Arts Alive Community Calendar:

Jazzy Cabaret Performance Class
Christine Garvin dance + transform
January 10 - March 14, 2018
Times: 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Admission: $108
It's time to tap into your jazzy self in this performance class. We'll combine old-style jazz tunes with new ones in this cabaret/showgirl-style class. Yes, jazz hands, kicks, and spins will be a part of the fun! Previous performance experience required. Strict limit of 8.
Midday Music Break in the Gallery On the Slope
January 12, 2018
Asheville Art Museum
Times: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
Quartet Davis is a genre-bending string quartet from Oberlin Conservatory dedicated to exploring a wide range of musical traditions. Unified in their commitment to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the quartet embeds improvisation into original pieces and arrangements of traditional and contemporary works.
Second Sale!
January 13 & 14
Odyssey Co-op Gallery
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us for our annual seconds sale! Visitors will be able to experience great art, demos, and music.
Joshua Lozoff: Life is Magic
January 19, 2018
Diana Wortham Theatre
Times: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: Regular $35; Student $30; Child $20; Student Rush Day-of-Show (with valid I.D.) $10.

True to his "Life is Magic" motto, entertainer Joshua Lozoff captivates his diverse audiences, with his amazing illusions, deep love for the art form, contagious humor and fascination with human psychology.
Stargazing & Cosmic Storytelling
January 19, 2018
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Admission: $6
Join local astronomer and author Stephan Martin on a tour of the stars and constellations of the beautiful winter night sky above the farm. We’ll discuss some of the myths of the constellations along with the seasonal changes in the sky at this time as well as some of the latest discoveries in astronomy and theories of the universe. All ages are welcome and no background in astronomy or science is required.Please bring a blanket or chair to sit on and dress warm. Dogs are welcome.
What’s in the Kitchen? For Kids Ages 7-12 with Sara Ballek
January 20, 2018
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Admission: $225
Learning about foods and objects in your kitchen can be exciting and fun to explore, but what if you had the chance to make some of your own? In this class students will develop work relating to items they use or find in their kitchen while learning a variety of techniques on how to make functional and sculptural objects. We will be focusing on using the wheel and a variety of hand building processes to create fun, functional objects for everyday use or play!
Marvelous Monday Open Art Studio
January 22, 2018
310 ART
Times: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Morning and afternoon sessions
Admission: $27 for one, 4 classes for $95
Marvelous Monday Studios with Lorelle and Nadine, Beginner and Up.
Old Time Music Open Jam
January 22, 2018
Upcountry Brewing Company
Times: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
Admission: Free
An Appalachian Old Time Music Jam - hosted by Mitch McConnel.
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
January 25, 2018 - January 28, 2018
the Colourfield, the Henco Gallery Space, the Downtown Books & News, the Bebe Theatre, The Magnetic 375, the Sly Grog Lounge, the Mothlight, the Habitat Tavern & Commons, LaZoom Bus Fringe Tour
Address: 20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC 28801
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (For Most Shows)
The Asheville Fringe is a four-day, multiple-venue performing-arts festival that provides artists with opportunities to explore the artistic edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring new, innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. This true Asheville Oddity offers over 30 local and imported performing artists the opportunity to create and showcase new work. The Fringe provides artists with opportunities to explore the artistic edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring new, innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Tickets are now on sale.
Listen to This
January 25, 2018
Asheville Community Theatre
Times: 7:30 PM
Admission: $15
Performed in 35below. There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life,” Listen to This is an evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme (past shows have featured stories about everything from gluttony to mistaken identity). Real people. Real stories. Real good times.
Darkroom Exploration for Teens
February 26 & 27
Asheville Darkroom
This workshop will introduce students to pinhole cameras, cyanotype photograms, black and white 35mm film development, and creative darkroom printing techniques. There are only a couple spaces left in this super fun workshop, so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Asheville Arts Alive:

The AAAC and the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to bring you, a robust online resource to help showcase our area's creative offerings and reach a broad audience of residents and visitors.

Artist Opportunities
We receive information on opportunities for artists weekly. Make sure to check out the Artist Opportunities page on our website regularly for all the great information that is shared with us!

Location & Hours:

207 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm