AAAC Community Arts Newsletter - October 9, 2015

Arts and Entertainment

October 13, 2015

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

A Magical Masquerade:

On Halloween night, the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) will be transforming The Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville into a rich, dark, and glittering Magical Masquerade to surprise and delight on Halloween night! Mystery, magic, and perhaps a little mayhem, hold court as we welcome in the deepest, darkest time of year with a masquerade of royal proportions. Proceeds from the Color Ball directly support AAAC's year-round programming, newly revitalized to enhance the capacity and impact of the local creative community. This years official color is onyx (a deep, dark black).

The Color Ball
Live Art Auction Highlight: Court McCracken

Court McCracken is a graduate of Mars Hill University, a recipient of the Barnes Scholarship for the Arts, and the Morgan Family Award for the Arts. She has also studied painting at the Parsons School of Design, NYC and abroad in Perugia, Italy with UNC-Asheville, where she was featured in the show "East Meets West" in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2009 she returned to Asheville to pursue teaching with the Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Art Museum, Roots & Wings and collaboration with other artists as a part of the River Arts District community.

Her work is an exploration into organic systems, studying both movement and pattern of ecology and human behavior. The piece featured for the AAAC Auction will be an oil painting from her series entitled, 'Migrations'. The work from this series employs gesture as a foundation. Beginning with a spontaneous drawing based on the found natural object, the image emerges through building layers of pigment and line echoing the original line drawing. This series continues her study of organic natural objects.

The Color Ball
Volunteers Needed

AAAC is seeking quality volunteers to dress in your finest onyx gowns or robes and indulge in one of the biggest nights of the year for the Asheville Area Arts Council! To find out about all the wonderful volunteer opportunities email

Asheville Art in the Park
Admission: Free Location: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC 28801
Saturday, October 10, 10-6pm
Saturday, October 17, 10-6pm

The AAAC is excited to partner with Asheville Art in the Park and to spread the word about the October events! AAitP is not only an event that incubates great craft art in Asheville, but its effects are even farther reaching, as 10% of artist sales support the AAitP Community Grant at the AAAC. Last year, great Creative Placemaking projects were supported, including the LEAF Schools and Streets Easel Rider in Pritchard Park! Keep in touch, as the deadline for application for this great opportunity is coming soon! Be sure to attend the October events, and purchase some great local craft!

Connections: A Local Cloth Exhibition
Upcoming Artist Demo and Gallery Talk
Saturday, October 10, 11-2pm
Saturday, October 17, 3-4pm
October 10, 11-2pm, Vicki Bennett does a Felting Demo on Saturday, in the gallery. Spinzilla will be in the building all day!
October 17, 3-4pm, "Connections: Gallery Talk "with Denna Lynch and Local Cloth's Judi Jetson.

Creative Business Management Course
Application Deadline October 15, 5pm
Class will run February 9 March 29, 2016 : Tuesdays 4pm 7pm

The September/November 8 week business class is well underway! Nine students from all different creative industries started the 8 week business course offered by the Asheville Area Arts Council with support from Goodwill, The Support Center and The City of Asheville. They will spend the next 2 months working together and independently on constructing a business plan tailored to their unique ideas.
This course is specifically made to support the creative mind in understanding best business practices, and classes are offered 4 times a year. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn how to turn your art into a viable career.
Click here for more info or to sign up for our February class

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.