AAAC Community Arts News - July 03, 2018

Arts and Entertainment

July 4, 2018

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

Letter From The Executive Director

In June, we found out that Buncombe County will not be supporting the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) through the Strategic Partnership Grant in fiscal year 2018-19. This came on the heels of finding out that the City of Asheville only funded a small fraction of our grant request for 2018-19.
These grants were the only monetary support the AAAC received from the County or City government, resulting in a 90% funding cut from these sources.
These funds have historically funded AAAC grant programs and services that supported Buncombe County artists and arts organizations. 
It is hard not to be disheartened by the decisions of our local policy-makers when considering what art has brought to our community. Asheville is a tourist destination because of the creative community that has made this beautiful mountain town its home. Support for local artists and arts organizations is vital to keeping our economy strong. The arts council believes that public support of the arts is as important now as it has ever been.
Knowing that we cannot rely on our government to keep us moving forward, we need to make up for this deficit by asking for your support. There are several ways you can help:

--Become a Member – Not only does membership help our organization, it comes with great perks as well!
--Donate – If you have a few dollars to spare, you can donate online or drop it off in person at 207 Coxe Avenue.
--Volunteer – We are looking for committed individuals to help us with development, fundraising and event planning. If you’re interested, please email me at
--Become a Sponsor – With sponsorship opportunities starting at $250, this is a great way for local businesses to get involved and get their name out to local artists.

We truly love and appreciate your continued support, and will continue to keep you updated as our organization overcomes this hurdle.

First Friday | June 1 | 5 - 8 PM

Contemplative Art in the Age of Distraction | Curated by Susanna Euston
AAAC Refinery - Main Gallery
This exhibit consists of large, fine art photographs paired with three-dimensional works to create a unified whole. Euston aims to provide a meditative and contemplative atmosphere to transport the viewer from today’s turmoil to a place of peace.
Participating artists include: Susanna Euston Photography, Matthew Kraus, Bonnie Cooper, Rick Daley, Steven Forbes-deSoule, Lynn Powell Forbes, Rob Levin, and Paige Houghton.
AAAC Refinery - Front Gallery
Process is a collaborative exhibit by Erica Stankwytch Bailey, Asheville Makers Group, and The Bright Angle with special guest artist Emily Rogstad.

This exhibition offers insight into the working worlds of creative collaborations and independent makers. Artifacts demonstrating inception of idea, design and making will be shown alongside finished pieces to illustrate the inherent value of the creative process.
Roots & Wings Best of 2018
AAAC Refinery - Hallway
The Roots + Wings Visual Arts Preschool ‘Best of 2018’ collection is a cross section of the diverse pre-K education program and includes investigations into art movements, community and culture, storytelling, and creative play.

Balance Your Emotions, Spark Your Creativity & Find Your Fun!
Majik Studios
Drop in for a Mood Boost™ with artisan perfumer ADORAtherapy and experience their collection of essential oils. Elevate your feelings and channel your creative energy with the experienced teacher-artists at Majik Studios Art Jam. Select from over ten mediums including alcohol inks, watercolor or acrylic painting, jewelry making, fiber arts, marbling, crocheting, travel journal drawing, and even conversational Spanish while drawing!

THE BIG CRAFTY | JULY 15 | 12 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, July 15
12:00 - 7:30 pm
Pack Square Park
Join us as we celebrate a decade of good times in support of made-by-hand, full-of-heart, microentrepreneurial creativity!
More info about The Big Crafty can be found at


We would like to extend a very special welcome to Barbara Bogle who is a new resident at The Refinery.
Barbara focuses on wearable fiber art. Next time you're in The Refinery, stop by and say hi! She is located in studios 24 & 25.


The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.
All applicants (particularly first timers) are encouraged to attend one of the following info session:

--August 15 | 5:30-6:30 pm: Enka-Candler Public Library
--August 27 | 5:00-6:00 pm: Weaverville Public Library
--August 29 | 4:00-5:00 pm: Burnsville Gallery
--August 30 | 4:00-5:00 pm: Spruce Pine Gallery
--September 5 | 5:30-6:30 pm: Black Mountain Public Library
--September 12 | 4:00-5:00 pm: Asheville Area Arts Council

Learn more about this grant and the info sessions on our website.
Application Deadline is October 12 by 5:00 pm


The Artist Opportunity page on our website is continuously being updated to bring you call to artists, grant opportunities, jobs in the arts, and more!
Here are some upcoming opportunities that are expiring soon:

--It's Alive! at Asheville BookWorks
--Wonder at The Center for Fine Art Photography
--HotWorks Fine Art Show in Pack Square
--See All Artist Opportunities

If you have any opportunities you would like to share, please email them to

Prichard Park Singer Songwriter Series - Santos Soul Music
Date: July 5
Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Pritchard Park
Admission: FREE
The Pritchard Park Songwriter Series brings local live music to the park every Thursday, 5-7 pm, through August 9. Join us for intimate performances spanning various genres.
Brahms Symphony #2
Date: July 6
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Brevard Music Center
Admission: $20+
Famed Brahms expert Matthias Bamert leads this work by Germany’s great master of symphonic style. 2017 Van Cliburn Gold
Craft City Food & Art Tour
Date: July 7
Time: 3:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Center for Craft
Admission: $75
If you are curious about craft, join us as we explore what makes Asheville a Craft City. Join the Center for Craft for an Asheville food and art tours.
Asheville Lyric Opera presents Béatrice et Bénédict
Date: July 8
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Diana Wortham
Admission: $20+
In this novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s lively comedy Much Ado About Nothing, Berlioz’s exuberant opera score is paired with English text lifted directly from the Bard himself. Sung in French with projected translations and English dialogue.
Open Art Studio
Date: July 9
Time: 9:30 - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Art
Admission: $27 per class
Students choose projects & Instructor for the day will help you to continually improve your work with gentle guidance & encouragement.
Sierra Nevada Tailgate Market
Date: July 10
Time: 4:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Sierra Nevada
Admission: FREE
Every Tuesday afternoon, this new Tailgate Market is partnering with local farmers and crafters to highlight the best the region has to offer.
Moonlit Art Market
Date: July 11
Time: 8:00 - 11:00pm
Location: Burial Beer Co.
Admission: FREE
Join us for our Moonlit Art Markets as we celebrate all of the local talent our community has to offer. Artists of all mediums will be showcasing their crafts for purchase.
Sculpting Clay Animals
Date: July 11 - Aug 8
Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Location: Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
Admission: $225
Using images, photos, and books as reference, we will sculpt from solid blocks of clay, hollow them out, and then use underglazes and glazes to capture the life-like expressions of your favorite animal.
Infrared Photography Workshop
Date: July 13 - 15
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Mountain Lens Retreat
Admission: $250
Learn about and experiment with infrared photography in a class led by Susanna Euston.
Shindig on the Green
Date: July 14
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Pack Square Park
Admission: FREE
Shindig on the Green is FREE and was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years.
Alchemy: Image Transfers
Date: July 14
Time: 10:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Asheville Art Museum
Admission: $80+
Turn found imagery and unusual ephemera into artistic gold in this highly experimental workshop that explores three different techniques for image transfer.
Second Saturdays
Date: June 9
Time: 3:00 - 8:00pm
Location: River Arts District
Admission: FREE
On the Second Saturday of each month, RAD Artists will be holding gallery walks with live demonstrations, live music, wine tastings / spreads of food, and more!
Mend Piece for the World
Date: July 20 - 21
Time: 12:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Admission: FREE
A participation art work by Yoko Ono, sit at a table with others and mend broken ceramic cups and plates with glue, tape, and twine.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Date: July 21 - 22
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00pm
Location: US Cellular Center
Admission: $8
Makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.
Intro to Eco Printing
Date: July 27
Time: 12:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Purple Crayon
Admission: $125
Learn the basics of eco printing! How to lay out and design an eco print, bundle and process materials, and pre- and post-mordant fabric. As a final project, you will print your own silk scarf!
Venture Local Fair
Date: June 28
Time: 12:00 - 7:00pm
Location: 68 Haywood St
Admission: FREE
Watch as makers, artists, collectors, musicians, chefs, entertainers and inventors magically transform 68 Haywood into a bustling, family-friendly, mini-village of discovery.
Live Painting with Nicolette Leigh Yates
Date: July 28
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Blue Ghost Brewing
Admission: FREE
This live painting event will accompany the exhibit of Nicolette's work July 2-Aug 31 at Blue Ghost.