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9/4/2012 - Asheville area art exhibits and openings for this week
by Asheville Citizen Times

Fakhoury is Artist of the Month

 The Asheville Gallery of Art's featured artist for September is Sahar Fakhoury. A free public opening reception for the artist's exhibit, "Journeys," will be 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 16 College St., downtown Asheville.

 "Journeys" depicts people in motion and was inspired by Fakhoury's travels around the world. The show will be on display through Sept. 30. To learn more, call 251-5796 or visit www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com.

Jazz concert next weekend

Michael Jefry Stevens, on piano, and Rockell Scott, vocalist, will perform a jazz concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St. at Max Street off South Charlotte Street.

The duo will perform a concert of jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin, Erroll Garner and others. A free-will offering will be collected for the artists and the restoration of the historic church.

Black Mountain showcases Young, Burr

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts welcomes artists David Young and Julia Burr for the two-person show "Streaming," running through Oct. 12 in the Upper Gallery at the center, 225 W. State St., in Black Mountain.

A free public opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

Young, who's based in New York, is showing photographs taken while wading in creeks and rivers along the East Coast, and Burr has created a sculptural installation inspired by the property where she lives in Black Mountain.

Also at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, the Clay Studio is offering two fall sessions of six-week classes, beginning Saturday, through Oct. 19, and Oct. 27-Dec. 14. Classes for adults are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday.

Classes include: the Absolute Beginner Adult clay class (10-noon Saturdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 13); a beginner-to-experienced classes (6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15; 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Sept. 11.-Oct. 16; and 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, ongoing); independent study; and private lessons.

For tuition and other information, or to register, call 669-0930.

9/11 memorial concert at Deerfield

The Blue Ridge Orchestra Chamber Players will present two performances of a musical remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and in honor of the thousands of workers and volunteers who assisted in the rescue efforts.

The first will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at St. Giles Chapel, Deerfield Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, the second at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville.

The concert will include adagios by Benjamin Britten and Tomaso Albinoni and works by Mozart. John Crawley, music director at the Asheville School, will be featured as organ soloist for Albinoni's Adagio in G minor.

The performances are free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. To learn more, visit www.blueridgeorchestra.org or call 230-1760.

Dancers wanted

The Asheville Ballet will hold auditions for its annual "Nutcracker" at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Company Studio at 4 Weaverville Highway. There are roles for mroe than 100 dancers, ages 3 to adult, beginners to professionals.

The company includes students from all studios and dance disciplines, including tap and jazz, and try to make its rehearsal schedule flexible to accommodate other studios' performances. Non-dancing adults are also needed for the party scene.

Art in the Park celebrates anniversary

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce will mark the 50th anniversary of its Art in the Park series on Saturday.

The Lucky Strikes, a jazz band, will launch the anniversary celebration with a 2 p.m. concert at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Festivities continue at 3 p.m. in the American Legion building.

All events are free and open to the public. To learn more, contact coordinator Terri Bailey at 295-7851 or terri@blowingrock.com.

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