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Join to learn about how the 2013 property tax revaluations may affect the cost of doing business in the River Arts District.

Join to learn about how the 2013 property tax revaluations may affect the cost of doing business in the River Arts District.

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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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Everyone’s welcome!  Here’s how to get there.

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Asheville Glass Center Hosts CNN for a Glassblowing Workshop

CNN Spent Time at Asheville Glass Center

Hot off a llama trekking expedition in Tennessee (they said the llamas were very sweet), CNN’s HLN network crew stopped in to Asheville Glass Center in the Asheville River Arts District to film a segment about glassblowing workshops and hands-on arts workshops in Asheville on Friday, December 2, 2011.

Alex Greenwood, glass artist and teaching artist at Asheville Glassworks, spent about 2 hours guiding HLN network reporter Joe Carter through the process of making a glass.  Logan MacSporran, glass artist and teaching artist at Asheville Glassworks, guided Carter through the process of flame working by making a glass icicle as well.  The segment will air on HLN in mid-January.  Here’s a sneak video peak!

In addition to a gallery retail space with locally made gifts for all budgets, Asheville Glass Center provides hands-on glassblowing workshops for visitors and locals are a specialty at Asheville Glass Studio and start at $50.  They offer gift certificates as well. Sign up for a workshop!

Stop in or call for information: (828) 505-7110 or Roberts Street Studios–140C Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

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Join us for the grand opening of Asheville Art Supply on Saturday,
October 1st, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The celebration will feature
product demonstrations by local artists, artwork by Pink-Dog artist,
door prizes and give-aways.

Asheville Art Supply offers locally-made products such as oil paint
and stretched canvas, along with a wonderful array of paper and
materials for drawing, painting, printmaking and bookmaking. As a RADA
member, you will receive a 10% discount on purchases.

Follow the balloons to Asheville Art Supply, located at 344 Depot
Street. Regular business hours will be Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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I am completely in love with the River Arts District.  Here are a few of my favorite things.

_______FRIDAY, June 10, 2011_______________________________

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  ACTIVITY Mobile Art Lab “Yarnstorming” at  Amboy Road Park [everyone-friendly]

Grab your knitting needles and crochet hooks and join the Mobile Art Lab - part of the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department – for a Yarnstorming on Friday, June 10 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
at Amboy Road Park. The event is free and open to all ages. Music and refreshments will be available.

5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  ART OPENING Cleaster Cotton Exhibit at Pink Dog Creative

Also, while you’re at Pink Dog Creative, stop by The Artery to see this amazing GROUP EXHIBIT “The Space Between” with works of Akira Satake, Barbara Zaretsky, Brian Boggs, and Barbara Fisher.

“What is not there becomes, in its absence, as important to the meaning of the piece as what remains.”

7:30 and 10:00 p.m. THEATRE  The Witches Quorum at The Magnetic Theatre

Set in 1617 Jamestown, on the eve of Pocahontas’s fictitious North American tour, The Witches’ Quorum follows the struggles of Mistress Hibbins (the witch-lady from The Scarlet Letter) and Cassy (the slave-woman from Uncle Tom’s Cabin) as they attempt to flee their oppressive surroundings and arrive in the mythical land of Croatoan, where they believe they will find freedom for all witches.

_________SATURDAY, June 11, 2011______________________

10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. SPECIAL EXHIBIT FACES OF ASHEVILLE PHOTO DOCUMENTARY EXHIBIT at the Glen Rock Depot, next to The Magnetic Field

Faces of Asheville: A Community Photo Documentary will exhibit at Glen Rock Depot at 372 Depot St. Saturday June 11, and Sunday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the River Arts District Studio Stroll.  The exhibit will be open during Saturday afternoons in June thereafter.  Admission and parking are free.

LUNCH Next door to Faces of Asheville, The Magnetic Field will be open special hours on Sunday for the Studio Stroll, serving delicious brunch, lunch and dinner.  372 Depot Street.

7:30 and 10:00 p.m. THEATRE  The Witches Quorum at The Magnetic Theatre

See above video.

15 Minutes After Dusk OUTDOOR CINEMA at The Wedge Brewery CHANGE IN SCHEDULE, PLEASE READ

Enjoy a nice cold local beer, some Bandido’s Burritos and “The Big Lebowski.”  Bring your lawn chairs and you might want to get there a bit early.  Seems this is one popular movie!  Due to weather Big Lebowski will be shown next Saturday, June 18, NOT this Saturday June 11.

_________SUNDAY, June 12, 2011______________________

10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. SPECIAL EXHIBIT FACES OF ASHEVILLE PHOTO DOCUMENTARY EXHIBIT at the Glen Rock Depot, next to The Magnetic Field

Faces of Asheville: A Community Photo Documentary will exhibit at Glen Rock Depot at 372 Depot St. Saturday June 11, and Sunday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the River Arts District Studio Stroll.  The exhibit will be open during Saturday afternoons in June thereafter.  Admission and parking are free.

LUNCH Next door to Faces of Asheville, The Magnetic Field will be open special hours on Sunday for the Studio Stroll, serving delicious brunch, lunch and dinner.  372 Depot Street.

STUDIO Stop by Ginger Huebner’s Studio, Pink Dog Creative, 362 Depot Street, for some amazing collage, encaustic work.

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LaZoom Asheville Art Tour is a first-of-its-kind art tour of Asheville, beginning Saturday, May 21, and running every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. from the French Broad Food Co-Op.  The entertaining, non-comedic tours explore the neighborhoods and studios of numerous working artists, including Downtown, the River Arts District and West Asheville, while learning about the Asheville art scene, from local artist Gabriel Shaffer.

“We are connecting people who are interested in contemporary art to the contemporary artists.  We are raising an awareness of the Asheville contemporary art scene by taking people directly into artist studios,” says Schaffer.  “This Art Tour is a way to make the contemporary Asheville arts scene accessible.”

The LaZoom Asheville Art Tours include a musical act and will explore the neighborhoods and studios of numerous working visual artists, including artists working downtown, in the River Arts District and in West Asheville, while providing insight into the local creative history. Confirmed participating artists: Ben Betsalel, Julie Armbruster, Heather Knight, Moni Hill, ClaySpace Co-Op, Sean “Jinx” Pace, Melissa Terezza, Alena Hennessy, Dustin Spagnola and more.

The tour will cover a broad scale of genres, mediums and locations to demonstrate the diverse creative landscape. Customers will walk away from the tour with a glimpse into the process of art-making and a better understanding of the Asheville art community.

To Purchase Tickets:

828.225.6932 or http://www.LaZoomTours.com  Discounted for months of May and June!  Get ‘em while they’re hot!

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Many congratulations to one of my most favorite haunts, The Clingman Cafe who is celebrating it’s 4th anniversary as an essential part of the River Arts District by expanding their hours and their outdoor seating.  Hear more about this from Ashvegas Blog and Jason Sandford.

Here is why I love Clingman:

  • The food is fresh and phenomenal, particularly the grilled sourdough egg and cheese sandwich (with pepperoncinis and sriracha sauce if I get it my style, and they make it my style without any complaints) and the portabella sandwich for lunch.
  • The coffee is awesome and there’s a discount when you bring your own mug.
  • I see my friends there [period].
  • I get business done there.  Many a quick breakfast stop has turned into some marvelous collaboration by just waiting in line at Clingman Cafe.  It’s a think tank of sorts :)
  • All the good River Arts District juice is found at the Cafe.  Wanna know who’s dating whom, which organizations are doing which good things, the new beer at the Wedge Brewery or the new theatre performance at The Magnetic Field, go to Clingman.
  • Most of all, the staff is rad: Trip, Carlos, Chad, Kelly, and all you folks make my day.

Directions and more info about Clingman Cafe.

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Planet Art is a new Gallery and Framing shop in the River Arts District, 375 Depot Street.  They have days of fun going on…check it out!


Local businesses get 20% off for life for attending/linking us to their websites. Also the yART sale on Saturday there are several options. Other than buying art, you can donate and 100% will go to the 3 charities, hang out and sell and get 100% of sale, or leave it with us and get 50% of the sale.  More Information.

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