AAAC Community Arts Newsletter - December 2018

Arts and Entertainment

December 5, 2018

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

First Friday | December 7 | 5 - 8 Pm

Asheville Through Brown Eyes
AAAC Refinery - Main Gallery
Asheville Through Brown Eyes is curated by Joseph Pearson. He believes art allows for information to be presented in an approachable and appealing context that can bring people together. This gathering will foster greater awareness of how Black Asheville has contributed and continues to contribute to a better Asheville.

Asheville Through Brown Eyes will highlight the works of seven Buncombe County residents who are not only fine artists, but have extensive knowledge of the history and culture of people of color in Asheville. These artists include: Joseph Pearson, Cleaster Cotton, Valeria Watson, Noel Jefferson, James Love, Jenny Pickens, Viola Spells.
Winged Narratives: A Social Study
AAAC Refinery - Front Gallery
In this solo exhibit, Refinery Artist, Cleaster Cotton (whose work will also be on display in Asheville Through Brown Eyes), presents whimsical caricatures of birds with body language depicting their relationship to each other and their place in time and space.
Employing her signature tools – color, texture, light and movement – Cotton investigates introspection and how we relate in nature and society as humans, as individuals, as partners… in relationship to family, community, nation, and race.

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Holiday Open House | December 8 | 12 - 5 Pm

It’s that time of the year again!
The artists at the AAAC Refinery and Open Hearts Art Center have planned a fantastic day of crafting for our 2018 Holiday Market on December 8 from 12-5pm. From creating resin jewelry, ornament crafting, and block printing wrapping paper, there is something for every age!
If you're not into DIY, don't worry, there will be plenty of beautiful art available for purchase.
We'll also have drinks and snacks available!
Join us!
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Upcoming Veterans Classes

Observations in Art and Movement for Veterans
Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free, but pre-registration is required

Veterans will practice objectivity and a journey inward through intentional movement, art, stillness, and writing in this class led by artist instructor Cara McKinney. This experience will explore and perhaps challenge our ideas of strength, balance, flexibility, and wholeness. It is a guided deep relaxation, a brief concentration or meditation, a series of movements, and a guided pastel drawing using color and word to express our experience of self. It is as light and silly and/or as austere as we want it to be.

Participants can expect to get a bit dirty using pastels for large scale drawing, (don’t worry, it washes out), and to create a life size “body map” bringing to life observations of the observance of self-reflection. All levels experience welcome.
Register Here

Copyright Workshop For Artists
The AAAC will be hosting Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Dana LeJune, for a workshop on Copyright Infringement on December 13 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.

LeJune will be discussing the importance of protecting intellectual property, what is considered copying, and how to find out if your artwork has been knocked off.

He will also dispel myths about copyright law as well as explain the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the penalties against infringers who remove the copyright management information on artwork.

Sign up now for this enlightening info session and get all of your copyright quandaries answered.

Free for members
$10 for non-members
Registration is required
Sign Up Here

Call For Curators

The AAAC Point of View Curator program offers Buncombe County artists the opportunity to curate exhibits within the AAAC Gallery Space.
We invite artists to submit proposals for exhibitions that incorporate collaborations with other local artists. Proposals are due on January 4.
We see our exhibition space as a showcase for the talent of Buncombe County and strive to expose the community to the wealth of artistic excellence that exists in our area.
Learn More And Apply Here

Winter Chill Local Music Series

 Join the Asheville Area Arts Council and 103.3 Asheville FM in celebrating music and community with the Winter Chill Local Music Series! This three part series will highlight the music being created right in our own backyard while also featuring venues so important to our creative economy.
All shows cost $15 each
Doors open at 7, show starts at 8
January 14 | Emerging Artists Night
Location: THE BLOCK off Biltmore
Hosted by: DJ Sara B
With performances by: The Jordan Okrend Experience, Ashley Heath, and The Paper Crowns
February 11 | Blues & Soul Night
Location: The Grey Eagle
Hosted by: DJ Cousin TL
With performances by: Cowboy Judy, and more TBD
March 11 | Rock Night
Location: The Mothlight
Hosted by: DJ Greg Cartwright
With performances by: Kitty Tsunami, Pink Mercury, and more TBD
Tickets and additional info can be found at:

Give! Local

The AAAC is excited to be joining Give!Local in it’s 4th year.
This program, managed by Mountain Xpress, raises funds and awareness for 40 local nonprofits.
Donating locally makes a big difference to our community, and this program makes philanthropy simple and fun no matter how small or large the gift!

Donate Here

Artist Opportunities
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:

- Exposed: Celebrate the Human Form
- Portraits
- South Arts Grant for Professional Development
- See All Opportunities

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


The AAAC and the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to bring you Asheville Arts Alive, a robust online resource to help showcase our area's creative offerings and reach a broad audience of residents and visitors.
Here are a selection of events from the calendar:

Bernstein Family Christmas
Date: Now - Dec 15
Time: 7:30 - 9:20pm
Location: The Magnetic Theatre
Admission: $27
Now in its 9th year, this R-rated holiday spectacle is a hilarious, envelope-pushing ode to the TV specials of yesteryear, with the dysfunctional Bernstein clan doing a variety of skits, and witty commercials for local businesses.

Show & Tell Pop Up
Date: Now - Dec 19
Time: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Location: Masonic Temple
Admission: FREE
Shop our festive 20-day pop up shop featuring some of the area’s best in handmade and vintage. We’ve curated goods featuring over 125 local & indie makers, designers, and vintage wares.
Winter Lights
Date: Now - Dec 31
Time: 6:00 - 10:00pm
Location: NC Arboretum
Admission: $8 - $18
Walk through an outdoor winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes composed of more than half-a-million holiday lights. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer.
Gingerbread House Competition
Date: Now - Jan 3
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Grove Park Inn
Admission: $20 parking fee
What started as a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 has evolved into one of our most treasured traditions at The Omni Grove Park Inn. The 26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition display!
Backcountry Film Festival
Date: Dec 6
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Sierra Nevada
Admission: $10-12
The Backcountry Film Festival, produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, promotes the work of filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of backcountry, human-powered recreation, and environmental preservation.

Tim Shelton's Very Vintage Christmas
Date: Dec 6
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Asheville Community Theatre
Admission: $25+
Recreating the Christmas music and style of a bygone era- some of the most beloved Christmas music was written and performed from the 1940's thru the 1960's.
Winter In The Weave
Date: Dec 6
Time: 5:00am - 9:00pm
Location: Creperie & Cafe of Weaverville
Admission: FREE
Join us for an evening of holiday shopping at the Winter in the Weave. The pop-up market will feature over a dozen local artists and small business owners offering unique gifts. This will be a one-of-a-kind shopping experience!

Blue Window
Date: Dec 6 - 15
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Attic Salt
Admission: $20
In this beautiful play, Libby, a socially awkward woman with a tragic past, reluctantly throws a dinner party for a group of neighbors and acquaintances. Connections are made and broken and made again as Libby and her guests explore what being alone, and being not alone, really means.

Sanders Family Christmas
Date: Dec 6 - 23
Time: 7:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)
Admission: $18+
The Sanders Family is back and better than ever. This year come and experience more jokes, more songs, more signing, and more fun! Use code FIVEOFF at checkout for a discount.

Doll Making Demonstration
Date: Dec 8
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Grovewood Village
Admission: FREE
Doll maker Charlie Patricolo will work on her signature cloth angel dolls in various stages of completion and transform them into delightful creations.

Pysanky Ornaments
Date: Dec 9
Time: 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: Purple Crayon
Admission: $60
In this workshop, we will be making beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs: pysanky. You will learn the method of batik (also called wax-resist) dying.

Meet Brand Character Expert & Animator
Date: Dec 10
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Attic Salt
Admission: $20+
What do the Pillsbury Doughboy, The TRIX Rabbit, Lucky the Leprechaun, The Green Giant, My Little Pony and MTV's Daria have in common? Creative Director, Animator and Cartoonist, Pat Giles. Come and meet the man behind some of the best-known brand icons in the world.

3rd Annual Very Jerry Xmas
Date: Dec 15
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Asheville Music Hall
Admission: $10
We'll be filling the stage with some of Asheville's best musicians to cover your favorite Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band songs.
Sew Your Own Wallet
Date: Dec 15
Time: 9:00 - 11:00am
Location:Diamond Brand Gear
Admission: $35
Join Diamond Brand Gear and In Blue Handmade to learn the basics of sewing, how to use a machine, and leave with your very own leather wallet, key fob or flask.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Date: Dec 16
Time: 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Location:Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Admission: $28+
Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and a 2 dancer Dove of Peace with a 20 foot wingspan – the Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.

Reasonable Priced Babies
Date: Dec 28
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Ambrose West
Admission: $10+
Improv Comedy of Western North Carolina and called into being by the Universal Mind to spread joy, odd noises and viral goofiness for the betterment of man.
New Year’s Eve: Cirque Musica
Date: Dec 31
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Admission: $32+
Cirque Musica presents Crescendo blends the grace and skill of internationally touring cirque performers with the stunning symphonic music of the Asheville Symphony. This high-flying performance features jugglers, acrobats, and contortionists in a full sensory experience.