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Traditional craft, contemporary art show range of Asheville art



6/21/2011 - Traditional craft, contemporary art show range of Asheville art



Here are a couple of opportunities to see new work -- and the artistic process that each piece requires.

 oGrovewood Gallery will host a self-guided tour of Grovewood Studios, 111 Grovewood Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 2 (253-7651).

Both gallery and studios are housed in the historic Biltmore Industries complex, which originated as a craft school in 1901 to better the lives of the economically deprived youth of the Appalachian region.

Today, studio artists design and create a variety of works in glass, clay, metal, wood and mixed media, in the same workshops in which the homespun fabrics were created. To learn more, visit

o Jackson County's quilting heritage will be showcased during the Airing of the Quilts Friday and Saturday at the Jackson County Public Library and Historic Courthouse, 310 Keener St., Sylva (508-8697).

An exhibit of 100 quilts will be displayed at the newly renovated courthouse overlooking Main Street, and there will be quilting demonstrations both days.

Saturday's highlight is a fashion show and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the courthouse. Daily admission is $3, the fashion luncheon is $20. Visit

Must-see shows

oThe Altamont, 18 Church St., will feature The Billy Sea with Billy Cardine, River Guerguerian and Jake Wolf at 7:30 p.m. June 28 as part of the new Soundcheck Series (270-7747).

The Billy Sea fuses the styles of guitarist Cardine, percussionist Guerguerian and bass player Wolf. The evening will be hosted by Aaron Price, a musician, producer and composer. Tickets are $10. Visit

oAnemone Dance Theater and Legacy Butoh will present "Yugen: An Evening of Butoh Dance," 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and June 30, July 1-2, at N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane (239-0263).

Sara Baird relocated her dance company Anemone Dance Theater from New York and teamed up with Julie Becton Gillum of Asheville's own Legacy Butoh two years ago; "Yugen" is the result of their artistic relationship.

The "Procession of Bones" pre-show travels down Stage Lane while creating live music and dance 7-7:30 p.m.

Butoh originated in post-World War II Japan and is a postmodern movement in which formal dance technique is eschewed in favor of idiosyncratic movements.

The performance features John Crutchfield, Jenni Cockrell and Julia Taylor with musicians Chandra Shukla, Elisa Faires and Kimathi Moore. There will also be a butoh photography exhibit by Wesley Photography in the lobby. Tickets are $15. To learn more, visit

o "Mr. Broadway," a cabaret, is comin g to the Hayes Performing Arts Center, 152 Jamie Fort Road, Blowing Rock, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (295-9627).

Broadway performer Michael L. Walters is Mr. Broadway in this one-man show exploring the world of musical comedy as seen through the eyes of an actor who lives to entertain. Tickets are $30, but may vary by seat location. For more, visit

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