Asheville Area Arts Council Newsletter - July 2019

Arts and Entertainment

July 2, 2019

From: Asheville Area Arts Council


The Asheville Area Arts Council will celebrate our 40th anniversary by hosting our 15th Color Ball! We will host four unique and lavish parties in the South Slope & River Arts District. With three different ticket prices, starting at $35, this is truly an event for all art lovers!
The VIP Party | 5:00 – 7:00pm | AAAC Refinery Creator Space
The ball begins at the Asheville Area Arts Council’s The Refinery Creator Space at a party exclusive to those who love to spoil and splurge. This avant-garde affair will feature a few of Asheville’s most eclectic artists and a deliciously eccentric vibe.
RB Squared | 7:00 – 9:30 pm | Eco Depot Marketplace
Shelley Schenker of Eco Depot Marketplace makes her Color Ball host debut with RB Squared – a Soul and R&B themed event with swagger in the historic Glen Rock Hotel building.
The Cotton Club | 7:00 – 9:30 pm | Asheville Cotton Mill Studios
Debut host Asheville Cotton Mill Studios partners with seasoned Color Ball hosts, District Wine Bar and Smoky Park Supper Club, to create this dark and sultry soiree which will transport you to The Cotton Club with a Cuban Cabaret twist.
The Final Ball | 9:30 pm – midnight | The Funkatorium
As the River Arts parties wrap, the main ball will just be getting started. Attendees of all the pre-parties convene into one final bash in the Funkatorium’s new event space. Guests will be transformed into a world of living art.


The AAAC will not be holding a First Friday reception in July, however you are welcome to stop by to see these exhibits during normal working hours:
Deconstruct to a New Paradigm
AAAC Main Gallery | July 16 - August 16
Curated by Tekla Howachyn, this exhibit seeks a vision of the future beyond the crumbling patriarchy. How will we embrace love rather than hate? How will we come together as equals? What might that look like, and how might we get there? Eight [women] artists respond to these questions via visual art, dance, and thematic workshops. The First Friday reception for this exhibit will be held on August 2. On August 3 artists in this exhibit will be holding a day or workshops. Click here to view the workshops and sign up.
AAAC Refinery Front Gallery | June 7 - July 26
Refinery artist, Cheryl Eugenia Barnes will exhibit her HerRealism Paintings in the AAAC front gallery. HerRealism: (hûr rÄ“’ É™ liz’ É™m) is a style of art principally developed in the late 20th and early 21st centuries stressing the subconscious non-rational or spiritual realms as imagery source and almost exclusively rendered by a woman or girl.
Youth Artists Empowered
AAAC Refinery Hall Gallery | June 7 - July 26
This vibrant collection of mixed media paintings represented in narrative, abstract, cubism, impressionistic, contemporary, primitive and textile designs was created and is being sold by youth artists from the Youth Artist Empowered Art Lab (Cycles 1 and 2) who are between the ages of eleven and nineteen years old.


Voted WNC’s favorite art event for the past decade, The Big Crafty returns for a day of hand-to-heart artful craft on Sunday, July 14 from 12-6pm at downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park.
Come out for a stroll across Asheville’s flourishing creative landscape, with 150 creative venturers and total art stars, craft-infused good times, hugs and high fives.
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Led by: Cindy Williams
Western Women's Business Center
Refinery Creator Space
Take control of your financial management systems, using easy to understand terminology to navigate the everyday financials. Candy Williams will lead you through creating systems that give business owners like you the detail you need without making it complicated or overwhelming.
For more information, please contact Jasmine Hanks at or by phone at 828.633.5065 ext. 102


In this session, Kathleen Lewis will be offering business tips for how the creative entrepreneur can successfully build and market their brand.
For over 25 years, Kathleen has owned and operated SewLink / Southern Decor in Asheville. She is also a clothing designer and fiber artist who has showcased her work in various art shows in WNC as well as galleries such as Woolworth Walk and Gallery of the Mountains at the Historic Grove Park Inn.
This event has only 5 spots left, so please register ASAP! Free for AAAC Members, $15 for non-members will be collected at the door.


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.

Some upcoming events include:

July 6-7
Festival of the Arts

July 11 - Aug 15
Exploring Watercolor

July 13
RAD Second Saturday

July 18
Southern Highland Craft Fair

July 18 - 28
Folkmoot Festival

July 20
Anything That Floats Parade

Click here to see the full roster of events on Asheville Arts Alive!