Asheville Area Arts Council News - January 28, 2016

Arts and Entertainment

January 30, 2016

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

Art Incubator @ 207 Coxe Avenue

The Asheville Area Arts Council is pleased to present an Art Incubator program designed to provide space for artists to work, collaborate, and grow their creative businesses. In conjunction with our Artist Resource Center, Artists Curriculum, and Creative Business Management course, we will be creating a production based program inside a 15,000 square foot building to house individual artist studios, co-operative labs with access to various equipment in a multitude of media, classes, event space, Gallery and Lounge, Kitchenette space, and lots more!
If you have any questions or are interested in joining this new collective, contact AAAC Exhibitions Manager and Art Incubator Studio Manager Jennifer Gordon at or fill out our Studio Rental Application today!

Opening Receptions for our Point of View and Artist Resource Center Galleries
February 5, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

The Point of View Gallery exhibition features Ken Abbott's photographs of the ever changing landscape of Asheville. Through his creative lens we get a unique view of the developing New Belgium Brewery site, before and after. This documentary project grew out of Ken's interest in photographing the River District's derelict buildings and natural spaces, and deepened when he met and became acquainted with some of the business owners and workers in the area. The show incorporates some artifacts saved from previous buildings at the site as well as works from several area artists revealing their perspectives on the subject matter, including Zen Sutherland, Elaine Bleakney, Rod Murphy, and Lisa Smith.

Artist Resource Center Exhibition

The Artist Resource Center Gallery features work by abstract collage artist Lisa De Girolamo. Lisa was born and raised in New York City. She received a BFA from Smith College and an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Lisa currently lives in North Carolina, where she is exploring concepts of abstraction, mainly through collage, monotype, and drawing. She has exhibited and sold her work in various venues in New York and New Mexico. Of her work Lisa states: "What I find exciting about art is the possibility of capturing essences of the visual world."

Creative Sector Summit Save the Date!

Join the Asheville Area Arts Council at the Creative Sector Summit this year on April 8 & 9 as we explore the power of Arts Education!

Did you know that Buncombe County is lucky enough to have three A+ schools? An A+ school is a unique learning environment in which the arts are utilized to teach core curriculum!
From the A+ Schools website:
"In A+ Schools, arts education is approached in three ways:

- through arts integration bringing together arts and non-arts objectives to create hands-on, experiential, connected and meaningful learning experiences

- through pure arts education developing understanding and comfort in the elements, principles, history, processes and works of each art form

- through arts exposure creating opportunities for students and staff to experience artistic works and performances in both their school and their community"

Network and learn with us at the 6th annual Creative Sector Summit, and enjoy a full two days of panels and great presentations!
Join us in welcoming Arts Access to Asheville for a special accessibility workshop for arts presenters.
Registration coming soon! Watch here for more info:

Asheville Art in the Park Grant - NEW DATE
Application Orientation: Monday, February 1, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Application Deadline: February 15 by 5:00 pm

The Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to enhance public spaces and highlight the role of local artists within the community. Thank you to Asheville Art in the Park artist vendors for donating 10% of your sales to The Asheville Art in Park Arts and Community Grant!

- Application Orientation: Monday, February 1, 2015
- Application Deadline: February 15th by 5pm

For more information email Janelle Wienke at
2016 Guidelines & Application:

Meet our new staff!

Stefanie Gerber Darr has been an independent museum consultant since moving to Asheville in 2014 and has worked with national craft organizations to manage traveling exhibitions and exhibition catalogs. She has also worked as the galleries and collection manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, an educator for public programs at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, gallery manager at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, and as a performance artist in Humberto Duque's Lightning Blues Express project at the Denver International Airport. She combines her training as a museum educator, curator, collections manager and maker to develop meaningful experiences for people with art. Stefanie is the Operations Manager and will focus on our day-to-day operations, membership, and communications. To get in touch with Stefanie email her at

Janelle Wienke has a life time ingrained in the arts. Her education in anthropology, sustainable development and community and regional planning has propelled her into the field of creative placemaking. Previously the Entrepreneurship, and Small Town Revitalization program manager at HandMade in America, Janelle has developed a well rounded set of skills, and an eye for collaboration in the arts, to inspire creative economic development. Janelle manages the re-granting program for the Asheville Area Arts Council and looks forward to managing Grassroots Arts Program and other community grant opportunities through AAAC for Buncombe County organizations and artists. To get in touch with Janelle, email her at

Impact of Non-Profit Arts & Cultural Organizations

The Asheville Area Arts Council is joining the Americans for the Arts' prosperity study.
Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced today that more than 300 U.S. communities will be part of Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 (AEP5), making it the largest national study measuring the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences ever conducted. Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016; results will be released in June of 2017.
If you are an area non-profit arts presenter or organization and would like to work with us, please contact Kitty Love at
To read the full press release, visit the Americans for the Arts' website here.

Community Arts Events Calendar:

Internship Opportunity:
The Asheville Lyric Opera announces an open position for an Arts Administration intern available spring 2016. Asheville Lyric Opera is nationally recognized for their innovative hands on mentorship in the arts administration field. For more information please visit the website here. Call the opera office to secure an application, 828.236.0670.

Exhibit: Her Nobel Words
Asheville Museum
July 19, 2015 - March 01, 2016 from 11am-6pm
Address: 35 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Admission: Contribution
Come be inspired by aSHEville Museum's newest exhibit: Her Nobel Words - on the 16 women to have won the Nobel Peace Prize. These women fought to make the world a better place and were honored for their incredible achievements by the Nobel Committee. These are their words.

Intro to Acting - NC Stage Acting Classes
February 01, 2016 - April 25, 2016
Times: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
573 Fairview Road - Roots + Wings School of Art and Design
Address: 15 Stage Lane, Asheville, NC 28801-2835
Admission: $400 (for 12 weeks of class)
This class is a twelve week introduction to acting course. The course emphasizes individual monologue work through intention, movement, physical activity, etc. It also introduces various acting philosophies and techniques including Alexander Technique. The syllabus is designed to resemble a college introductory course and is perfect for the adult actor or actress who is just getting into the world of performance. Feb. 1 - Apr 25. For Ages 16 and Up.
Aquila Theatre in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
February 05, 2016 at 8:00pm
Diana Wortham Theatre
Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Admission: Regular $38; Student $33; Child $20

Spend an evening of mystery, suspense and intrigue with the definitive and most famous detective in world literature. As a master of disguise, a brilliant actor, a composer and musician skilled in forensic science and logical reasoning, is there anything Sherlock Holmes can't do? Joined by many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's other vivid characters - the trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, the red-headed mason Jabez Wilson, and Irene Adler, the woman who got away -- the legendary Holmes maneuvers the twisted web of London's most intriguing cases with his clever, split second deductions. With actors drawn from the top British and American stages, Aquila Theatre brings its energetic and physical style to this witty and fast-paced adaptation of the classic.
Asheville Mardi Gras Parade
February 07, 2016 at 3:05 PM
Downtown Asheville
Address: Parade follows Wall St., Battery Park Ave., Haywood St., and Page Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
Admission: Free
Their majesties the Queen and King hereby invite you to the glitteriest, sparkliest, snazziest, jazziest parade ever to grace the streets of Asheville. Paraders will line up on Wall Street at 1 and we will step off at 3:05pm. It does not cost anything to participate in this parade and everyone is welcome.
FU-DW: Films Against Racial Inequality
February 08, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Address: 610 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Admission: $5 suggested donation, but no one turned away!

On the 101st anniversary of the release of DW Griffith's "Birth of a Nation," we choose instead to celebrate contemporary filmmakers whose pioneering visions show us an unequal world and fight for a better future. Films by Chris Harris, Kelly Gallagher, Ja'Tovia Gary, & Alex Johnston!