AAAC Community Arts News - May 30, 2018

Arts and Entertainment

June 1, 2018

From: Asheville Area Arts Council


HURRY 'Membership Month' is almost over!
Membership (starting at $35 for an individual membership) includes:

--Access to the AAAC Media Lab

--Exhibition opportunities at the Refinery Creative Space

--Free access to Artist Business Brainstorms

--Discounted prices to events like the Creative Sector Summit

--20% discount on merch

--Knowledge that your membership fees go to running an organization that funds grants for artists & arts organizations, gives artists a chance to exhibit & sell their work, and provides children and young adults with life changing arts experiences.

Anyone who signs up for an AAAC membership by the end of May will be entered to win this beautiful swag package which includes a t-shirt & hat of your choice, a mug from The Bright Angle and a $10 gift certificate from Vortex Doughnuts.


Interconnected Curated by Ka Amorastreya
AAAC Refinery - Main Gallery
The artists exhibited here express interconnection in differing ways, from the basic geometric template that the world is formed around, the plant & animal kingdoms, the realms of spirits, fae, and devas, to the outer reaches of the cosmos.

Participating artists include: Andy Reed, Annie Bennett, Ashley Spero, Chris Sheehan, CJ Randall, Dillon Endico, Ka Amorastreya, Marina Jessica, Mark Hanf, Ryan O’Sullivan
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.
Our Community
AAAC Refinery - Hallway
The AAAC is excited to welcome the kindergartners of Ira B. Jones Elementary who are working on a social studies unit called Our Community. In this unit they will be exploring questions like: Why do people work? How we can help our community? What are our community’s needs and wants? In art class the students will apply their understanding of these topics by creating a paper collage of their neighborhood. The neighborhoods will “link” together with a road that “unites” us all as one community.

RSVP on our Facebook Page


The Arts & Wellness Program for Veterans serves as an alternative method of healing through art classes and workshops. These classes provide avenues of expression that go beyond those traditionally offered. Through innovative collaborations with organizations and specially trained artists, we have brought together the creative arts to this unique population in support of their recovery.
If you know a veteran that could benefit from these activities, please forward this information on!

Learn more on our website

Weaving For Veterans

Mondays, May 21 - June 11
2:00 - 4:00pm
@ Charles George VA Medical Center
Click here to register

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the Ramble Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of WNC, The Walnut Cove Members Association, and the James G Hanes Memorial Fund.


The AAAC along with other Buncombe County arts representatives and organizations traveled to Raleigh for Arts Day last week. While there we participated in Arts NC's conference held at NC State. Highlights from the day included a panel on Kinston, NC where they spur economic development through the arts, a performance by Black Box Dance Theatre, and a presentation by Blackspace, an Afrofuturism makerspace based in Durham.
On Thursday, May 24, our group met with Buncombe County legislators to advocate for the $1 for the arts campaign, which would put an additional 37 cents per person in North Carolina in the state budget (it currently stands at 63 cents per person). These funds go directly to the North Carolina Arts Council who distributes grant funding for the arts to all 100 counties in the state, reaching both rural and urban areas. Arts councils like the AAAC then distribute these funds to other arts and cultural nonprofits to provide innovative arts programming for their communities.
Our group was welcomed with open arms by Rep. Susan Fisher, Rep. John Ager, Rep. Brian Turner, Senator Terry Van Duyn, and Senator Chuck Edwards' legislative assistant. Even with our successful visits our advocacy work is never done. The AAAC and others will continue to have a loud and powerful voice for the arts as we know that they can help solve so many issues that our community, state, and country are facing.


From May through October – coinciding with a Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore – the community will celebrate both the historical and contemporary context of glass and its talented artists in WNC. Over the summer, Asheville and the regional glass community will offer special exhibits, tours, workshops and events. Join in on the fun, and see a list of the upcoming events here.
If you are interested in the full experience, consider joining an upcoming tour presented by the Center of Craft from June 14 - June 16. The Center for Craft Tour includes exclusive nighttime tickets for Chihuly at Biltmore, a private visit to the home & garden of John Cram, Asheville’s “Founding Father” of our crafts scene, and exclusive introductions to top artists and galleries. Read more and get your tickets here. Only 20 tickets are available, so don't delay!


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:

--Juried Student Exhibit at Arrowmont
--My America
--Metamorphosis: Repurposed, Recycled, Resourceful Craft

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

Mini Macrame Workshop
Date: June 1
Time: 5:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Center for Craft
Admission: FREE
This workshop will teach you the basic techniques used in macramé, a type of fiber art in which rope is knotted in decorative patterns for functional uses.

Abstract Landscape Photography Workshop
Date: June 1 - 3
Time: 5:00pm
Admission: $250
The Art of Abstract ICM Photography workshop will give you Vision and Craft tools to create your own abstract images whether of the landscape or urban settings.

The Full Monty
Date: June 1 - 24
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Asheville Community Theatre
Admission: $15 - $30
When a group of unemployed Buffalo steelworkers come up with a way to make some quick cash, everyone wonders if they will really pull it off!

NC & The Studio Glass Movement - Opening
Date: June 2
Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm
Location: 14 Riverside Dr.
Admission: FREE
This exhibition will delve into the region's unique history and influence on the Studio Glass Movement.

Wet Felted Landscape
Date: June 2
Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Purple Crayon
Admission: $35
Wet felting, has become very popular in the past few years. And it’s easy to understand why: it’s fun, easy, and versatile—and you're almost guaranteed to produce something you’ll be proud to display!

Ohh La La Market
Date: June 2
Time: 10:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Pritchard Park
Admission: FREE
Ooh La La Curiosity Market is an artist's market that takes place in Pritchard Park, and will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over 13 Saturdays throughout Summer

The Ballad of R & J
Date: June 2 - 30
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: The Lot
Admission: FREE
This is a bluegrass-infused intervention of Romeo and Juliet. The event itself is a busking corner turned block party with a theatrical event in the middle, all presented in the empty lot at 68 Haywood on Thurs, Fri, and Sat in June.

Art Tour
Date: June 4
Time: 9:30 - 1:00pm
Location: Asheville Visitor Center
Admission: $65
This tour will visit professional artists including Steven Forbes deSoule: Raku Pottery; Skip Rohde: Figurative Paintings; Tom Reardon & Kathleen Doyle: Jewelry & Metal Sculpture.

Open Art Studio
Date: June 4
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.

Writers & Illustrators Class
Date: June 4 - Aug 13
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: ZaPow Gallery
Admission: 175
Do you want to improve your writing and/or illustrating skills? Learn from two veterans in the field!

John Cage 33 1/3
Date: June 6
Time: 12:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Admission: FREE
Conceived in 1969 as an audience participation work, John Cage’s original “score” simply stipulated that the gallery be filled with about a dozen record players and two- to three-hundred vinyl records...

LEAF Community Arts
Date: June 6 - Aug 8
Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm
Location: 67 Patton Ave
Admission: FREE
Join LEAF for cultural performances and crafts with Easel Rider teaching artists.

Date: June 7
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Asheville Bookworks
Admission: FREE
Eleven artists from the Asheville area comprise SECUNDO, a group that meets monthly to discuss, critique and support their creative endeavors.

Songwriter Series
Date: June 7 - July 26
Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Pritchard Park
Admission: FREE
This series highlights local musical talent over 10 weeks. All performances are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.

Eat Your ART Out!
Date: June 8
Time: 5:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Blue Spiral 1
Admission: $150
This charity dinner benefits the NC Glass Center and will be held in Blue Spiral 1 gallery. Each ticket includes a hand-blown drinking glass from an artist at the NCGC.

Studio A Anniversary
Date: June 9
Time: 3:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Studio A
Admission: FREE
All are invited to the five year anniversary celebration of Studio A at Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District. There will be lots of merchandise giveaways, and refreshments.

Xpand Fest
Date: June 9
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Coxe Ave
Admission: FREE
A free community event held in June every year that highlights the arts as essential and innovative tools for inclusive development.

Book Discussion: Studio Glass in America
Date: June 12
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Malaprop's
Admission: FREE
This monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other.

Date: June 14
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The BeBe Theatre
Admission: FREE
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents “Eleemosynary” by Lee Blessing, exploring the importance of words, family and love through the story of three generations of extraordinary women.

Art Market
Date: June 16
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: The Junction
Admission: FREE
The 3rd Saturday Black Mountain Creatives Market is located in Downtown Black Mountain by The Junction and Design Driven. The market showcases paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, and handcrafted items.

Visiting Artist: Chris Ahalt
Date: June 23
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: NC Glass Center
Admission: $32
During this educational demonstration Chris will show his sculpting techniques while creating one of his signature animal balloons.

Venture Local Fair
Date: June 23
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.