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Visual Art & Film

Over the decades Asheville and Western North Carolina have become a haven for the visual artist whether creating glassware, painting, sculpture, metalwork, fiber work or American craft,etc. So, the talent in our region is boundless and the galleries overflow with amazingly beautiful art.
Arts and Crafts Galore!     Asheville Area Arts     River Arts District      Rapid River Review: Arts & Culture Magazine   Asheville & WNC Studio Tours     Weaverville Art Safari  

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SOFT FOCUS ART a soothing way to see

The Art of Soft Focus

by Jenna Martin in Medium 2018

I like to forage for wild mushrooms and collect edible wildfood. It is a gentle way to sink into a place and learn local ecology.

It also provides us with some really delicious mushrooms and herbs as well as knowledge of local poisonous plants; for example, our front yard is abundant in snakeweed, which was what killed Abraham Lincoln’s Mother.

Cows can digest the plant but the poison will leak into her milk and kill people! Interesting, no? CLICK FOR MORE

Fine Art in America – Soft Focus 


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ARTISTS FOR EQUITY at PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFT

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been thrilled to hear a strong demand for more opportunities for Black artists and students of color at Penland.

This desire has already resulted in the addition of three new summer 2021 scholarships to our list of scholarships for people of color. They were funded by Penland’s staff, team of directors, and Board of Trustees, respectively. Our staff wanted to make these opportunities as accessible as possible, so each scholarship will cover 100% of tuition, room, and board and also include a stipend for travel and materials.


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IT’S A WRAP! Youth Media Academy Summer 2020!

It’s a wrap! In an inspirational and tear-worthy closing ceremony held last week, we celebrated sixty-six remarkable student filmmakers from coast to coast and the conclusion of our Summer 2020 virtual Youth Media Academy (YMA)—our free, four-week program training underrepresented youth in filmmaking and gender activism. In spite of the unprecedented circumstances we are all facing during a global pandemic, in our opinion, the young participants rocked it! 


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*PERFORMING ART: DANCING BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY – A Three-Part Series

DANCING BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

Posted by Nancy Dobbs Owen

In this three-part series for LA Dance Chronicle, I am studying the various ways that bullying and gender interact, affecting leadership, individual success and failure, mental health, and representation in dance. If you are coming to this series fresh, you can read the introductory article here. The second piece looks at bullying and the gender gap in leadership. This final piece addresses gay, lesbian, gender fluid and queer representation in dance, both how dancers who don’t fit into the binary have been quashed and how the dance community is finally expanding and starting to include all voices and stories, both in and out of  mainstream companies.  CLICK FOR MORE


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Women to Watch 2020: Lucha Rodríguez

The sixth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, Paper Routes, is presented by the museum with the integral partnership of our national and international outreach committees. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists working in paper, celebrating their wide-ranging approaches and the transformation of this ubiquitous material into complex works of art. CLICK FOR MORE

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DIVERSE, THE CONTEMPORARY FEMALE GAZE — Works by Angela Cunningham, Anne Bessac & Melisa Cadell

The Female Gaze is a distinctive, but not a preordained schema, based on a single perspective of the female gender. The rich diversity of the contemporary female gaze is shown by works of Melisa Cadell, Angela Cunningham and Anne Bessac, using distinctively different visual strategies to engage the human figure. Through this process, they have been opened to the interaction among themselves and their various working strategies. Although this process has been limited by Covid-19, all three artists valued the cross pollination of ideas that occurred, and their individual commitment to their own working process, and feeling energized by the exchange that this exhibit made possible.


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THE ARTS: Face Masks, The Flute, Virtual Concerts and Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh’s practice incorporates sculpture, video, and installation; all are informed by her ongoing exploration of black female-identified subjectivity. Leigh works in a mode she describes as auto-ethnographic. Her objects often employ materials and forms traditionally associated with African art; her performance-influenced installations create spaces where historical precedent and self-determination commingle.

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From Plaster to Plastic, Artists Take Inventive Approaches to Face Masks

In Denver, an exhibition of artist-designed masks shows that face coverings are not only crucial to our health but can also offer unique means of self-expression.

by Hakim Bishara in Hyperallergic

Face masks in all forms and colors have become an essential part of our lives due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with no end in sight. And it’s partly because of the refusal of some to wear them that we continue to see a rise in COVID-19 infections in the United States and around the world. A new exhibition at the Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver comes to remind the nonbelievers and the COVID-fatigued among us that face masks are not only crucial to our health but that they can also be delightful means of self-expression. CLICK FOR MORE

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PanHarmoniaKatePAN HARMONIA  One more time! Porch Music Live, Tuesday Oct 27 @ 5 pm

Kate Steinbeck performs music for flute alone

The weather should be beautiful, so come on out to a historic Asheville neighborhood for some LIVE MUSIC!! Chairs will be provided and spaced apart per health guidelines. Masks required.

You are welcome to bring your own beverages and glasses and arrive anytime after 4:30.

Seating is limited to 25, so you must preregister.

Pan Harmonia  www.PanHarmonia.org    PO Box 18342   Asheville, NC 28814


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BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Art of Classes of All Kinds

We know that life continues to be turned upside down for so many folks in our community. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts wants to help fill needs our families may have as “returning to school” looks very different this fall. This newsletter features class options (new and returning) that will provide kids with enrichment through the arts and a safe and fun way to interact with peers.


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An Exhibition Made for and by the Afro-Latinx Angeleno Community

By Elisa Wouk Almino in Hyperallergic

Since 2018, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican-American museum and cultural center in downtown Los Angeles, has been planning an exhibition on the culture and history of Afro-Latinx Angelenos. From the project’s inception, the lead curator, Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk, wanted the show to be realized by the local community. Over the course of several months, the museum put out open calls for local Afro-Latinx families and individuals to share their stories and artifacts, and received a wonderful range of submissions, from family photos and recipes to handmade jewelry, instruments, and orixa dolls. The result, afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city, opened in late February of this year. CICK TO CONTINUE


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