AAAC Community Arts Newsletter - November 6, 2015

Arts and Entertainment

November 12, 2015

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

Point of View Curatorial Applications

Accepted through November 30, 2015

Point of View Curators are professional Buncombe County artists selected based upon artistic merit and their involvement within our community. If you are interested in curating a Point of View exhibition, please read our Curator Contract, and complete and submit the form here.

Point of View Gallery: Akira Satake: Ceramic Invitational

"This Functional Family: Potters of Western North Carolina"

November 6 - January 9, 2016

Opening Reception: November 13, 5-8 pm

Akira has titled the show, "This Functional Family: Potters of Western North Carolina" which will be on display from November 6th through January 9th, 2015. Participating artists include: Reiko Miyagi, Becky Lloyd, Courtney Martin, Shane Mickey, Naomi Dalglish & Michael Hunt, Michael Kline, Linda McFarling, Kyle Carpenter, Judith Duff, and Akira Satake. We are pleased to be able to host this collection of ceramic works from an exceedingly talented group of local artists.
Akira states: "Western North Carolina is rich in studio pottery traditions that go back for generations. At the same time, new artists are constantly coming to the area, being inspired, and bringing along their own traditions and styles. Today the region boasts one of the most vibrant functional ceramic arts communities in America. 'This Functional Family' will provide an exciting taste of what some of the region's finest and most unique potters are doing now and give exhibition goers the opportunity to bring some of Western North Carolina's creative spirit into their own homes."

Artist Resource Center Gallery: Amanda Seckington "To the Harbormaster"

November 6 - January 9, 2016

Opening Reception: November 20, 5-8 pm

In the Artist Resource Center Gallery, November 6th, 2015 through January 9th 2016, we will feature the solo work of Amanda Seckington showing her series "The Harbormaster".

"My work is very personal yet it resembles an old mythical tale, folklore, or pictorial love song.

Using an arsenal of images that I have made a connection to throughout my lifetime, I have created my own symbolism. This is often a play on clichés found in classic mythos. The scenes depicted in my work are not obscure but are parallels to specific events in my life. The recurrent elements that compile the narrative are the warship ("the mental-self"), the women ("the physical self"), their relationship to one another and the landscape they exist within. Maritime international signal flags are often an element used to provide a visual phrase that underlines the narrative. The fixation on ships and seafaring themes in general stems from growing up as a navy brat on various military bases, summer journeys spent with my grandparents on their sailboat and living the majority of my life no more than a short drive from the ocean. This background is also responsible for the creation of the individual I call the "Constant Wanderer." Having moved more than 30 times in my 27 years of life, home becomes everywhere and nowhere at once. This has created a wistful undertone that accompanies each piece."

"Keep Culture" Arts Advocacy

On November 4th, our executive director, Kitty Love, presented to a packed house at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design at the "Keep Culture" arts advocacy event. Love presented on the two year work and recommendations of the Buncombe Cultural Alliance. The event also celebrated Arts North Carolina, which has engaged in successful efforts at the state level, resulting in additional funding for the arts in Buncombe County, and all over the state.
For more questions contact Kitty at 

Winter Wonderland Deck the Halls, Lighting Celebration

November 20th, 5-8pm

On Friday, November 20 from 5:00 8:00 p.m. The Historic Grove Arcade on Battery Hill decks its halls and lights the building for its 2015 Winter Wonderland.
Celebrate the evening with over 40 chorus member from the Asheville Symphony Chorus singing traditional and contemporary carols. The chorus sings for approximately 45 minutes, finishing with a rousing version of the classic Hallelujah Chorus. For a $1 donation to MANNA Food Bank's Back Pack Program, children can make a holiday ornament to decorate a Grove Arcade Christmas tree or to take home.  A continuing tradition, a selection of gingerbread houses from the Omni Grove Park Inn's annual National Gingerbread House competition are at the Grove Arcade will be on display through January 3. Have photos with Santa and listen to holiday stories. Enjoy hot cider and refreshments.

AAAC Onyx Color Ball Was a Success!!

The Asheville Area Arts Council Board of Directors and staff would like to take a moment to thank everyone who joined us for the Asheville Area Arts Council annual Color Ball. To the sponsors, artists, attendees, performers and volunteers: you made this a fantastic event this year and we want to show our utmost gratitude. Thank you for your donations, time, and generosity. We could not have done it without you! With your support in events like like the AAAC is able to continue delivering programs and resources to our vibrant creative community all year long.
Each and every year we seek to improve the event in the future. We have created a simple and quick online feedback form where you can let us know what you thought. In advance, thank you very much for your feedback. It is very valuable to us.
Photo by Micah Mckenzie. For those of you who may have gotten your picture taken by Micah Mckenzie make sure to purchase your photo today. You can find all of his photos HERE.