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1/3/2012 - Asheville art news and events
by Asheville Citizen Times

Soweto Gospel Choir visits Boone

Appalachian State University welcomes the Grammy-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at Farthing Auditorium. The South African choir has been gaining international fame for its grace and energy in presenting African traditions in dance, music and costume.

Tickets are $20, or $16 for ages 6-18, $15 for ASU students, $10 for ages 5 and younger and for faculty and staff with ID. To buy tickets, call 800-841-2787 or 262-4046 or visit

Asheville Art Museum hosts 2 programs on basket making

The Asheville Art Museum is hosting two upcoming programs on basket making.

 A Lunchtime Art Break will be offered noon-1 p.m. Friday titled "A Tisket A Tasket: Appalachian, Cherokee and Low Country Baskets." The event features Frank Thomson, museum curator, who will discuss current exhibition of the same title, which examines how basket makers have preserved their traditions.

 Traditions in Cherokee Basket Making will be 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 8, the last day of the exhibit. The event will feature Cherokee storyteller Davy Arch and a Cherokee basket maker demonstrating traditional techniques. Both events are free.

Audition for 'Harps & Harmonicas'

Hendersonville Little Theatre is holding auditions for its next production at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Barn on State Street. "Harps & Harmonicas" is a comedy by Linda Escalera Price with a cast that includes two men and three women, ages 34-62.

The play follows newly widowed Cynthia, who has just lost her husband of 41 years, who embarks on a road trip with her daughter's best friend.

"Harps & Harmonicas" will be the group's first play at the new location, 229 S. Washington St.

'Cosi fan tutte' next up for Asheville Lyric Opera

Mozart's comic opera "Così fan tutte" will be performed by Asheville Lyric Opera at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at the Diana Wortham Theatre. The production, set on a rotating platform, will be set in the 1920s in Naples, Italy, and will be directed by Pat Heuermann and conducted by C. Michael Porter.

Tickets are $30-$53, with student tickets $17-$35. Call 257-4530 or visit

One hour before each performance, audience members are invited to attend a preshow talk given by the conductor and stage director in the lower lobby of Diana Wortham Theatre.

A preview dress rehearsal evening will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 15, available exclusively for student and senior citizen groups through the opera office. To learn more, call 236-0670 or visit

Tryon gallery celebrates 1st anniversary with reception today

Skyuka Fine Art, 144 N. Trade St., Tryon, will celebrate its first anniversary with a reception 1-5 p.m. today at the gallery.

"It was this time last year that we were building walls, tearing up carpet and installing the correct lighting," said a gallery news release. "Looking back, it has been a fantastic and art-filled year. We've hung eight different shows, hosted a lecture, a concert, an auction, a jewelry party and started a town gallery crawl."

To learn more, call 817-3783 or visit

New work, classes from Fleta Monaghan

Nourish & Flourish at 347 Depot St. No. 201 in the River Arts District, will host a show of new works by artist Fleta Monaghan at 6 p.m. Jan. 19.

Monaghan is the founder and director of River's Edge Studio and 310 ART Gallery. River's Edge Studio, 191 Lyman St. No. 310, hosts a variety of classes for oils, acrylics and pastels at a range of prices.

Contact 776-2716 or or for more information about the classes.

Monaghan's spiritual and visual influences range from the Gulf of Mexico, where she was raised, to the mountains of Western North Carolina that's been her home for almost 30 years.

Nourish & Flourish opened in the fall of 2010. It offers Network Spinal Analysis, as well as weekly Nia and yoga classes and Kirtan meditation. The space also hosts a juice and tea bar.

For more information, visit or call 255-2770.



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