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MasonGolf_Oct26The first annual West Asheville Open fundraiser is a family-friendly miniature golf tournament to benefit the construction of the Guastavino Dome for the Outdoor Experiential Learning Project at Hall Fletcher Elementary and to benefit North Carolina Masonic Charities.

Hosted by Nichols-West Asheville Masonic Lodge in collaboration with the Asheville Design Center, and sponsored by West Asheville businesses, WAVL Open takes place Saturday, October 26, 2013 September 21, 2013 at Tropical Gardens on Patton Avenue and 100% of profits are shared between recipients.

The WAVL Open purpose is three-fold: to strengthen relationships among neighbors, to support worthwhile non-profit projects, and to highlight the role West Asheville businesses and organizations play in our community.

The WAVL Open offers three round choices: 11:00 a.m. (young family round); 1:00 p.m.  (adult round) and 3:00 p.m. (competitive round)

Your team can include between 1 and 5 members and costs $10/person.  If your team is a 1-2 person team, you may be paired with another 1 to 2 person team.  Registration is first-come, first-served. SIGNING UP in advance is strongly recommended. Doc Brown’s BBQ truck will be on hand to purchase lunch or snacks.




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The Joy of Community Inclusive Theater !

Monday, Feb. 25  Firestorm Cafe  6-8 p.m.

See  A New Kind of Listening, a profoundly moving film about an experimental theater group that includes people with and without disabilities. Then experience a performance by Interweave Asheville, Fringe Arts award-winning inclusive improv ensemble, followed by a talkback with the performers and co-producer of the film.

Free and open to the public.Wheelchair accessible. Film is captioned.

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Asheville-based band Zansa and friends have organized West African nights held every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving) at Bobo Gallery. Start time is 8 p.m. and the evening includes West African drumming and dancing by a variety of folks. Toward the end of the month, they hope to offer West African dinner as well.

The first one is tomorrow night, November 1.  Check them out!

“Zansa” is a street word from the Ivory Coast meaning “a blend” and newly-formed Asheville-based electric West African ensemble Zansa (featuring members of Afromotive) is just that. The group mixes modern and traditional styles, African and American sounds, folk and Afropop, rock and reggae. Adama Dembele, a 33rd-generation djembe player from the Ivory Coast leads the group.

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Both with a local bent, The Wedge Brewery is showing two films for the spirit of Halloween!!!   OOooooohhhhaaaaaaaa!

Thursday, 10/25/12 7:30 p.m. Night of the Living Dead

This is a re-release of the original movie with a new soundtrack by Asheville’s Silver Machine

Tuesday, 10/30/12, 7:30 p.m. Wander Lost

David Kabler’s film about a drifter crosses a mysterious old man while returning home to visit his fathers grave. He pursues a beautiful artist, convinced she will somehow free him from his family curse.

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Two cool programs are happening in WNC schools: Asheville Community Design Lab (ACDL)  After-School and Mother Earth Produce’s Support Our Schools (SOS) Fundraising program.

Sponsor an ACDL Scholarship for one of 15 Students who need them

“For $130 per month, I’ve been able to sponsor a local student in a meaningful after-school program with artists, design professionals and others who are improving our neighborhoods…and teaching the next generation how to contribute.”

–Local small business owner who lives near a partnering school

Create a custom logo while learning the basics of marketing. Design shoes from concept to creation. Learn first-hand from an architect to design a home or bus shelter. Model a dream playground then bring it to fruition with professional designers, artists and builders.  A project of Roots + Wings School of Art, ACDL is an after-school program that engages students in critical thinking and innovation through principles of art and design for community reinvention.

Asheville Community Design Lab is devoted to programming focused on art and design for community reinvention. ACDL is a project-driven, after-school program that addresses what a typical school curriculum does not.  The ACDL works with students to learn about what’s beyond the walls of their schools, and teaches students how to fail in order to find better collective solutions to community problems. They believe problem-solving starts with listening and understanding.  They create symbiotic relationships with local schools, giving back to school art programs and offering scholarships to create inclusive spaces and collective voice.

Support Our Schools Fundraising Program

Rather than selling cookie dough and candy to raise funds for schools, Support Our Schools (SOS) enables schools to raise funds, while supporting local farms and local businesses, as well as health in our communities.  Schools can sign up with Mother Earth Produce, a farm to front door delivery service of organic produce and local edibles, to raise funds for their schools by selling bins of local produce and edibles. Co-owner Andrea DuVall is a former 6th grade teacher and is passionate about giving back to local schools.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the School Fundraising page on www.MotherEarthProduce.com (click the purple button)
  2. Fill out the SOS Registration Form.
  3. Mother Earth Produce assigns your school an SOS code and sends you an outreach packet (with draft emails and outreach materials).
  4. Your school reaches out to your networks with the SOS code.
  5. The first 100 veggie bins sold with you school SOS code earns your school $4/bin, or $400.
  6. Bin Benchmarks: You can continue to earn additional funding throughout the year for selling additional bins. Your school will earn $2 for any number of bins sold over 100 through May 31 of the following year!

Any parents or teachers from participating ACDL schools want to raise some scholarship funds by selling local, organic produce and edibles?


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Lovely song from Anais Mitchell, the “Wedding Song”

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Flood Gallery hosts an Arts in Economic Development Candidate Forum

Tuesday, October 9th at the Phil Mechanic Studios in the River Arts District

 5:30-8 p.m.

So far 5 candidates have confirmed their attendance: Terry Van Dunn, Holly Jones, Brownie Newman, David King, and Ellen Frost.

The process of the evening will include a brief introduction of the candidates, moving into a panel discussion with pre-arranged questions, followed by a brief Q&A session from the audience and some time for casual mingling.

If you have a query to these potentially elected officials concerning the arts, the economic factor of the arts in the county, the county’s participation & support of the arts, the development & availability of creative work space, or other topics relating to the arts industry and the creative class/economy, please send them to: Jolene Mechanic jolene99@bellsouth.net by Friday, September 21.

Please forward this call out to those in your organizations.

This is an important time for the arts & the creative class in Buncombe County. The City of Asheville recently participated in the Arts and Economic Prosperity study and our economic numbers for Buncombe County came out very strong.
If you’d like to read the statistics you can visit the city’s Cultural Arts Division website and access the four links near the bottom.

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Ashwini Bhat is a Clayspace Co-Op resident artist from India working in clay.  She’s been in Asheville for three months working out of Clayspace (located on Roberts Street in the Wedge building).  Her exhibit is tonight.

“The overriding vision of Clayspace is to raise the level up, to be better artists, and sell better work–not necessarily increased quantity, but increased quality,” says Josh Copus.  “Ashwini’s work and residency is an example of what that looks like.”  Beer for the event has been donated by Wedge and food is donated by Clingman Cafe, and Bee Sieburg –an artist working in upstairs studios at the Wedge-generously offered unsolicited flower arrangements.  “I’m floored with gratitude,” says Copus, “these are community relationships.”

Painter Ben Betsalel (studio next to the brewery) is exhibiting The Investors–a reflection on the purchase of the Wedge building.  Read more here from MountainXpress.  John Payne‘s portrait, a Betsalel piece owned by the Wedge Brewery, will be shown as well.

John Payne bought the Wedge Building in early 2002.  During John’s 10 years of stewardship, The Wedge fostered many young artists, helping to create its legacy as a great place for art.   In 2008, just before he died, John, Tim Schaller and  friends, dreamed up the Wedge Brewery, as one way to help the building pay its expenses and keep the rents lower for artists…. pretty much the same thing that is going on now at The Wedge, where a restaurant will make financially possible, the desire to keep studio rents reasonable.

Tensions have been high around changes in the River Arts District.  For someone who has one foot in community development and one foot in business development, the conversation thus far has been interesting.  Some questions also worth considering:

  • Business: How does a business need to change in order to stay viable? How much can a vision change and still be “a good neighbor”? What responsibility does a business have to its community? Are there forces outside of all of our control?  Would it be better to walk away rather than adapt?  How should the business community communicate necessary changes to keep community informed?
  • Community: What responsibility does a community have to understand the complexities of owning a business?
  • Symbiosis: Business development supports community development.  How would our communities thrive without thriving businesses that can afford to give back?  What mechanisms can be put in place to create viable forums for the airing of grievances?  How can dignity and respect stay our way of doing things in the ARAD?  Can we be a true “alternative”?

I am interested in people’s thoughts.  I don’t have the answers, but I’m sure of what the answer is not: to allow the community to come undone because change is occurring.  This is a time to increase communication and come together, not sever and split apart.

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NEW  Saturday Art Classes in September only $45!  Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition is a diverse group of community artists building a more inclusive community through the arts.  Sept. 8, 15, 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in West Asheville. EVERYONE is invited!

Join a diverse community of visual artists for an affordable class series taught by local professionals. Saturdays in September will be an opportunity to learn new techniques and exhibit your work at a local venue. Artists of all levels of abilities and experience, high school age and up, are welcome!

Saturdays in September: September 8, 15, & 22,
11 am – 2 pm

Open Hearts Art Center
5 Woodland Ave
Asheville, NC 28806
(Off Old Haywood Rd. at Patton Ave.)Registration/materials fee for the series: $45Ginger Huebner (artist and owner at Roots + Wings School of Art) and Holly de Saillan will teach Encaustic and Mosaic on two different Saturdays. The third Saturday will be spent completing art projects and readying them for presentation, with support from Starr Hogan and Alisa Lumbreras.Please bring your lunch and plan to eat in; this is a great opportunity to make some new connections!

For more info or to register, call or e-mail the organizer, Polly Medlicott, at (828) 775-6333 or polly.medlicott@gmail.com. Please do not call Open Hearts.

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Save the Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Highland Brewing Company

The talent show is a favorite of Open Hearts Art Center students who prepare for months for the event. Funds raised at this year’s event will go to support the agency’s new Boundless Art Program, which will allow for student field trips and to offer satellite classes in the community. The agency hopes to raise at least $15,000 to support this program.

After the Talent Show, the band Viper’s Dream will be playing Swing Jazz until 10:00 PM.

Tickets for the event will be $10. You can pay at the door. Ticket price includes an amazing talent show, delicious food, and local musicians. There will also be a raffle/silent auction throughout the evening, so bring your cash. Awesome items will be available!


Open Hearts Art Center is a non-profit inclusive art education program located in the vibrant arts based community of Western North Carolina. We are dedicated to serving adults with a variety of challenges which include but are not limited to, developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities. These unique individuals are able to reach their full potential through creative techniques such as, music, drama, dance, creative writing, painting, ceramics and animal therapy. Through the arts a challenged individual may: discover new ways in which to express their selves, gain self-confidence, and raise awareness of their individuality.

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