AAAC Community Arts Newsletter - September 2018

Arts and Entertainment

September 4, 2018

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

First Friday | September 7 | 5 - 8 Pm

New Vision, New Hope:
Asheville Artists in Recovery
AAAC Refinery - Main Gallery
Curator Pedro Esqueda believes that art can serve as therapy and is encouraging recovery and relapse prevention through creating rather than consuming. This group of artists want other addicts and the community to see that there is life and art, an actual art life, in sobriety.
The WNC recovery community is huge and constantly growing. There are over 100 recovery/living sober meetings a week in Buncombe County alone. Pedro and the participating artists want to reach people in recovery that have lost hope in their artistic careers while being in the clutches of their addiction. In recovery the sky is the limit.

Asheville Darkroom Members Exhibit
AAAC Refinery - Front Gallery
The Asheville Darkroom presents a group show covering various photographic mediums from it's members and directors.
Participating artists: Benjamin Dimmitt, Tim Lewis, Susan Patrice, Daniel Abide, Byron Browne, Michelle Cade, Brit Davis, Felicity Green, Steve Homer, and Elliot Kulwiec.

RSVP on our Facebook Page

Regional Artist Project Grant (Rapg)
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 sessions:

-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

Call For Veteran Artists

In November, the AAAC will be hosting a Veterans' Juried Exhibition.
Buncombe County veterans are encouraged to apply to be part of the show.
Applications are open until September 28.
This show will be displayed in the AAAC’s Refinery Creator Space on the South Slope from November 2 - 30, and will run concurrently with other AAAC programs designed to celebrate veterans during the month of November.
Learn more and apply today!

Aaac Member Art Market At Catawba

Sunday, September 30 | 1:00 - 6:00 pm
@ Catawba Brewery on the South Slope
Free & Open to the Public
The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to be partnering with Catawba Brewing Company to present a pop-up art market featuring AAAC members. Ten Buncombe County artists will be selected by a jury to participate in the first art and craft market at Catawba’s location on the South Slope in downtown Asheville.

Visit us in the Catawba courtyard to have a beer, shop for some beautiful artwork, and purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket from the AAAC!
Rsvp on our Facebook Page!

Oktoberfest At Sierra Nevada

Saturday, October 13 | 5:00 - 10:00 pm
@Sierra Nevada in Mills River
Sure, Oktoberfest is an awesome time to get together with your friends, have a few beers, eat a soft pretzel, and celebrate the fall. But did you know that Oktoberfest at Sierra Nevada is also an awesome fundraiser for the AAAC!
Every year, Sierra Nevada and Hot Glass Academy set up mobile glass furnaces too do live glassblowing at the event. The AAAC then holds a live auction of the pieces being made right in front of you!
Some of the glass artists involved this year are:
John Shoemaker, Ben Smith, Jesse Durham, Judy Mcmanus, Emily Powell, Elise Bertus, Haley Jelinek Potratz, Joe Nicholson, KC Davenport, Alex Greenwood, and Stephanie McCune.
Get your tickets today!

Social Media For Artists

Wednesday, October 24 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, October 25 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
@ The AAAC Refinery

$10 for Members | $25 for Non-Members
Limit 15 People per Class
In this class for beginners, we will cover social media basics with artists in mind.

Topics covered will include:

-Identifying the differences between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. We will discuss which ones might work for you, and how you can use them to effectively market your artwork.
-Finding your brand / identity on social media.
-How to find and engage your audience by using hashtags (#) and handles (@).
-Image resolution, and what works best for each platform.
-At the end of class, will review best practices and spend time looking at real life examples.

Two classes available, get your tickets today!
Wednesday, October 24 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, October 25 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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:

-Arrowhead Gallery Exhibition
-Mission Hospital Collection
-55 South Market Art Project

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:
The Art of Etsy
Date: Sept 5 - 26
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
Admission: $185
Learn how to sell your handmade work or vintage goods online, using the Etsy platform. This class is for beginners, as well as established sellers who want a shop overhaul.
Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour
Date: Sept 7 - 9
Admission: $750
These packaged itineraries are not only a fantastic way to experience some of the best art glass in the nation, as well as perfect tour through Asheville.
lux and lumen photographic constructions
Date: Sept 7
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Admission: FREE
View the work of photographer Lynette Miller in the Upper Gallery September 7 through October 5. The public is welcome to celebrate the opening with an artist’s reception on September 7.
Asheville Film Festival
Date: Sept 8
Time: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Location: AB Tech
Admission: $10 - 25
We are dedicated to bringing unique, interesting, quality, challenging and entertaining films to WNC by providing a cultural hub for an emerging film-artists community to showcase their works.
RAD Second Saturday
Date: Sept 8
Time: 10:00am-6:00 pm
Location: River Arts District
Admission: FREE
On the Second Saturday of each month until the end of the year, the River Arts District will be holding gallery walks with live demonstrations, live music, wine tastings/spreads of food, and more! 
Pan Harmonia: Baroque and Beyond
Date: Sept 10
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Haen Gallery
Admission: $20-25
Pan Harmonia's 19th Season of captivating chamber concerts opens in the beautiful Haen Gallery with the music of JS Bach, GP Telemann and Wilhelmine von Bayreuth.
Make and Mingle
Date: Sept 14
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Asheville Museum of Science
Admission: $15
Explore the Asheville Museum of Science after hours while you listen to great music, drink local craft brews, mingle with like minded geeks and get your hands dirty in our STEM lab making a unique project.
3rd Saturday Art Market by Black Mountain Creatives
Date: Sept 15
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: The Junction
Admission: FREE
The market showcases paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, and handcrafted items. The entire family can come and enjoy the art, live music, and mountain creativity.
Vision Board Workshop
Date: Sept 16
Time: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Purple Crayon
Admission: FREE
Does your life feel a little off-course? Perhaps you're transitioning into a new phase of life, and you're uncertain where you're heading? If so, join life coach and Purple Crayon owner, Pam Robbins, for this encore, Pay-What-You-Want workshop!
Downtown After 5
Date: Sept 21
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: N. Lexington Ave
Admission: FREE
Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month May – September and is held on North Lexington Avenue. Events are free and open to the public.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Watercolor
Date: Sept 22
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: 310 Art
Admission: $125
Overcome your fears as you delve into and practice the important element of design – light and dark, or value. Start with darks and work into the light while you learn Notan and Grisaille.
Carolina Guitar Show
Date: Sept 22 - 23
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: WNC Ag Center
Admission: $8-10
Don't miss the Carolina Guitar Show at the WNC Ag Center! All kinds of guitars, amps, & music related items. Loads of gear, new, used, vintage. Also, some vinyl records, memorabilia, and misc.
Intro to Block Printing
Date: Sept 23
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Purple Crayon
Admission: $70
Join printmaker, Margaret Dahm, as she shows you how to get started on this fun and foolproof craft.
Wine and Jazz Fest
Date: Sept 23
Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Asheville Outlets
Admission: $25-30
Ticket cost includes live music, wine sampling, food tastings, educational seminars, games and more!
Sierra Nevada Tailgate Market
Date: Sept 25
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Sierra Nevada
Admission: FREE
Sierra Nevada’s commitment to buying local can be seen and tasted from the brewery to the Taproom—and now even in the parking lot! Every Tuesday afternoon, our new Tailgate Market is partnering with farmers and crafters to highlight the best the region has to offer.
Between Form + Content
Date: Sept 28
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Admission: FREE
Opening reception for Between Form + Content. One of the most widely regarded American artists of the 20th century, Jacob Lawrence is known for his paintings, drawings, and prints that hover between abstraction and socially inspired narrative realism, chronicling African-American history and experience during his lifetime.
Quilt Show
Date: Sept 28 - 30
Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: WNC Ag Center
Admission: $7
The Asheville Quilt Show exhibits over 300 high-quality traditional, modern and art quilts, from local and regional quilt artists.
Surface Showcase
Date: Sept 28 - 39
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
Admission: $330
Join Molly Morning-glory this September to learn the secrets of this simple method for printing on clay!